By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor and Representative in Mexico for Peace Pals International™
Teaching kids life lessons through art: That is the goal of the 20th Annual Peace Pals International™ Art Contest. The theme for 2017, “Nature for All ~ Loving the Earth,” is intended to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. Youth, ages 5-16, from around the world are invited to enter the art contest with their drawings about nature and conservation.
Peace Pals International™ and its affiliate, The World Peace Organization, are international not-for-profit charities that promote peace activities for communities and youth. Activities and programs include the annual Peace Pals Art & Exhibition Awards Contest, Planting Peace Poles at schools and in communities following the Peace Pals Activity Guide, and the World Peace Flag Ceremony.
In Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:
The tourist area of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo became affiliated with Peace Pals International™ in 2010, when the community constructed a Peace Pole Monument next to the museum in Zihuatanejo. Plans are currently underway to construct another one in central Ixtapa. In 2015, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo hosted the first tour of the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition in Mexico.
For 2017, Peace Pals is teaming up with the Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, various schools and tourist-related businesses to help both local youth and kids visiting the area to get involved in the art contest and to learn more about nature and conservation.
Resort hotels like Azul Ixtapa Resort will include participation in the Peace Pals Art Contest in their weekly activities for kids. Local schools, libraries, and cultural centers will also help kids to participate. The Eco-Tianguis Organic Market in Zihuatanejo will have kids collect palm leaves and recycled paper for art canvasses. Turtles, whales, tropical birds, and the ocean – the nature theme is perfect for our kids! Later in the year, hotels and art galleries will host exhibitions of the artwork to help raise funds for educational charities.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTERING THE PEACE PALS ART CONTEST
HELP YOUTH LEARN ABOUT NATURE: The goal is for our youth to participate in the art contest and to and learn more about the theme – “Nature for All ~ Loving the Earth.” Youth are encouraged to draw and paint to express their visions and dreams of loving the earth. If young people need help understanding this theme, we invite adults to visit the #Nature for All website to learn more. You can help by explaining this theme in ways young people will understand.
Questions to inspire youth:
- What do you do to make the earth more beautiful?
- What is your favorite element in Nature?
- Why is it important to take care of animals?
- Why do we need to take care of the ocean and its creatures?
ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO DRAW: Encourage our youth to draw! All artwork MUST include the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in English and/or your Native Language. All drawings must be done by children, including the writing of “May Peace Prevail On Earth.” Submitted artwork must be done by the artist. Artwork or writing done by an adult will be excluded (Grandma!).
- Age Category One: Age 5 – 7
- Age Category Two: Age 8 – 10
- Age Category Three: Age 11 – 13
- Age Category Four: Age 14 – 16
Size: Horizontal or Vertical design: 5” inches x 7” inches/ 12.7 cm x 17.7 cm. All art must be hand drawn, sketched or painted on paper or cardboard.
REGISTER AND ENTER ON LINE: You must register to participate, and help the kids to upload their artwork when it is finished. Please read the rules and follow all directions. CONTEST RULES are in English, Spanish and German. REGISTER NOW!
After you register, you will be given a link to upload the artwork. All artwork must be scanned in high resolution (300 DPI) and saved as a JPG and follow the rules and guidelines. Deadline to receive artwork is July 30, 2017.
PRIZES: Everyone will receive a participation certificate. Winners will be selected in every age category.
- First Place Winners ~ Classic White Peace Pole
- Second Place Winners ~ 17” Desktop Peace Pole
- Third Place Winners ~ 8” Desktop Peace Pole
- Finalists ~ Certificates and Assorted Prizes
The winning artwork will be included in Peace Pals Art Exhibition to be displayed in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo and in communities around the world! Winners will be announced in November 2017. Download a copy of these instructions to pass on to others! Peace Pals Art Contest Instructions-2017
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
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