Peace Pals Art Contest Teaches Lessons of Peace – Listen to the Kids!

By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor

Art and writing are universal ways for children to express themselves. Each year, children and youth (8 – 16 years) from around the world compete in the Peace Pals International Art Contest to win recognition and prices. A winner is selected from each country, and the collection of winning artwork is exhibited throughout the world. The competition for 2016 just ended on June 30th, and the judging is currently underway. This year’s theme is, “Oneness with Diversity.”

While the artwork is a joy for all of us to see, the true value of this contest is the underlying lessons in world peace and humanity that it teaches. An example of this is the entry from 7-year-old Donajĺ Sofĺa Hernández Mėndez from Niños Heroes elementary school in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico, who showed me her artwork entry regarding diversity.   Donaji Sofia Hernandez Mendez


Artwork by: Donajĺ Sofĺa Hernández Mėndez from Niños Heroes elementary school in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is written in Spanish and the native Náhuatl language.

She explains the meaning of her art creation:

“My painting is about caring for nature – to have no more trash, for children with disabilities to have help, to protect our beaches, and to give help to anyone who needs it. No more bullying in schools. This will make it good on earth and we will have peace in the world.

My painting says, ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth,’ in Spanish and Náhuatl.”

If we create a generation of children with these values and principles, we are all winners!

Congratulations to all of the children who participated in this contest, and to the teachers, parents, and loved ones who supported and helped them with these lessons of peace.

Winners of the competition will be announced in the fall. The collection of winning artwork will then be available for international tours and exhibition. The Peace Pals Art Exhibition will be on display at the Art Institute in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico in October 2017.

Peace Pals Art Exhibit in Mexico2

The Peace Pals International Art Exhibition was in Mexico for the first time in 2015 at the museum in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero and at local resort hotels. The next exhibition in Mexico will be in October 2017 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

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