Download Art Contest Packet Here

Carole Weinstein Prize for Tolerance and Justice in the Visual Arts winners will receive
1st Prize: $500 + $100 Certificate for the Visual Arts Center of Richmond
2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $150
Honorable Mention: $100

Voice: Student Art Contest 2019

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
–Elie Weisel, Holocaust Survivor

As far back as Medieval times, young people have been using their voice to evoke change in their world; speaking out against injustice; working to towards political, social, environmental and economic change. From secretly writing pamphlets denouncing Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in 1930s Germany, to demanding equality by sitting at a “white’s only” lunch counter in 1960s Virginia, to seeing students leading the conversation on gun reform. Youth activism has shown us the impact and positive ripple effect that young peoples’ voices have had on the historical narrative.

Please respond to Elie Wiesel’s quote and show us through your artwork an issue you are passionate about and how you hope to bring about positive change in your community by using your voice!

Email photos of artwork, student info, and artist statement to by March 22, 2019.

Additional Resources
Anti-Defamation League: Ten Ways Youth Can Engage in Activism
Backstory Podcast: "Teen Activists: A History of Youth Politics and Protest"
Check out our interactive timeline below!

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