All Middle Tennessee Catholic students in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the 2014-2015 cross-discipline Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest presented by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and sponsored locally by Catholic Charities of Tennessee. This year's theme is Do Justice, Love Goodness and Walk Humbly with your God (Micah 6:8).
Entries can take a variety of visual and literary arts forms: painting, drawing, mixed-media, short story, poem, song or photography. Contest rules and curriculum are available online at www.usccb.org/youthcontest for students and teachers. Contest entries must be received by 4:00 p.m. on February 27, 2015 at the main Catholic Charities of Tennessee office.
"We sponsor this contest as part of our advocacy efforts on behalf of anti-poverty initiatives," said Fran Rajotte, director of Advocacy and Social Concerns of Catholic Charities. "We are pleased that every year an increasing number of art, religion, social studies, social justice, language arts, English, and music teachers join with youth leaders to engage students in the program."
"This is an opportunity for students to learn about "walking humbly, loving goodness, and doing justice" in order to consider ways to eliminate root causes of poverty in our community, our nation and our world." Catholic students who do not attend Catholic schools also are eligible to enter the contest.
Contest participation allows students in grades 7-12 to explore the issue of U.S. poverty through the window of their faith and learn what empowered, low-income persons in their communities are doing to address its root causes.
This connection with local anti-poverty efforts is vital to creating a meaningful understanding of poverty and generating an effective response. As a follow-up to what they have learned, students are encouraged to utilize creative skills to use their artwork to educate peers, family, friends and others about poverty.
Local contest winners will be announced in March 2015. The local 1st place artwork will be entered in the national competition which awards a Grand Prize of $500, with a $500 matching grant to a local community organization working to fight poverty, plus a trip to a national awards event. Second and third place winners are also awarded.
Nashville winners succeed nationally
Several Nashville winners have experienced national success recently. In 2012, a mixed-media entry by 15 Christ the King School 7th graders won 2nd Place nationally. The group's win marked the fourth time in six years for Nashville students to win honors in CCHD's National Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest.
In 2006, Claire Kitzmiller, St. Cecilia Academy, won the national Grand Prize. In 2010, Nina Fredericks, Father Ryan High School, was the national 3rd Place winner. In 2011, Joe Garrett, a Father Ryan High School graduate, won 3rd Place in the national competition.
The contest is presented by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For additional information about the 2014-2015 Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest, contact Fran Rajotte, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-352-3087.