“Our World- Our Future” — Lions Club Peace Poster contest underway
The Lions International Peace Poster contest is underway around the world, and as they have done each year for the past eight years, the Lions Club of Pago Pago is proudly sponsoring the local contest for our youth. This is done with the help and support of the Feleti Barstow Library, where the application forms can be found, and where the finished peace posters are submitted.
It is an art contest like no other; it asks children 11, 12 and 13 years of age to ponder the idea of a peaceful world, and to describe, through art, their vision.
It is meant to be a useful tool for teachers, parents and ministers; it can be a springboard of discussion for children in classrooms everywhere; a time when 6th, 7th and 8th graders are encouraged to voice - and then depict - their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than eight million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in this contest.
The theme of the 2013-14 Peace Poster Contest is "Our World, Our Future." If a student is age 11, 12 or 13 on November 15 this year, then he or she is eligible to participate.
The contest promotes artistic expression. and each year consists of an original theme surrounding the ideal of peace. To create their peace poster, children may use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and oil paint or watercolors to depict the theme.
The works created are unique and are meant to express the young artists' life experiences, values and culture.
In a world where too many children are exposed to violence, the Peace Poster contest is a point of light, meant to encourage and spread peace and international understanding. Each year, twenty-four international Peace Poster entries are selected representing the work of approximately 400,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.
The criteria remains unchanged from past years, and poster are judged on Originality, Artistic Merit and Expression of Theme. This year’s theme points clearly to the fact that our children will inherit the earth and the future is theirs. What kind of world do they envision?
Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.
Locally, the Lions Club chooses three top posters, and the winners are given a cash prize of $100 each. Those winning posters are sent to the district level, where they are judged again, and winners from the district go on to multiple district and finally international level.
One international grand prize winner will receive US$5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations. Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement.
Past Peace Poster Contest grand prize winners have come from Brazil, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Martinique, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
The Lions Club of Pago Pago hopes to one day add American Samoa to that list, and encourages teachers and students to pick up rules application forms at the Feleti Barstow Library, as well as visit the Lions International website: www.lionsclubs.org. for more details.
The local contest closes next Friday—November 8, when all posters must be submitted. Application forms can be picked up at the Feleti Barstow Library before that date. Their hours are from 9am-5pm weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. They can be reached at 633-5816.
You can also call Lions Chris King (258-5464) Brenda Hoffman (731-1710) or Isabel Hudson (733-7042) for more information.
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