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2019 Arts and Writing Contest

Theme: Upstanders: Past and Future


Were you ever a Bystander when you could have made a difference?

What do you know about people who were Upstanders during the Holocaust?

Do you know others who were Upstanders in the face of injustices throughout history?

Arts & Writing Contest 2019

Contest Deadline: April 5, 2019


  • The competition is open ONLY to Western New York students in grades 7-12

  • All entries must focus on the theme- Upstanders: Past and Future. Students may respond to the overall theme or to any of the questions listed.

  • All entries must be based on an informed understanding of the Holocaust (1933-45).

  • Students should gather information on the theme and do research on the Holocaust. Resources are widely available, including the following:

  • All work must be that of the student artist/ writer. Adult assistance must be limited to preparatory teaching, providing resource material, suggesting revisions, editing works for technical errors.

  • All copyright-protected sources must be cited. This includes books, magazines, works of art and web sites, among others. A bibliography of sources must accompany all research entries.

Important Dates

  • Friday, April 5th- all submissions must be received (electronically submitted or delivered to The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo)

  • Thursday, May 30th- Awards Ceremony

  • June  21, 2019- all non- winning artwork should be picked up by this date from the Holocaust Resource Center, 338 Harris Hill Road, Suite 108, Williamsville, NY 14221.


Prizes will be awarded in both the art and writing categories:

  • The Renee and Boris Joffe Awards:

    • First prize for each grade, in each category, will be $75

    • Second prize for each grade, in each category, will be $50

    • Third prize for each grade, in each category, will be $25

  • The Mary Dean Freeland Awards: Two Best of Show prizes of $250 each-- one in writing and one in art-- will be given to the recipient’s school to purchase Holocaust-related materials.

  • Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on Thursday, May 23rd.

The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo along with the Freeland and Joffe Foundations sponsors an annual Arts and Writing Contest, which asks area Middle School and High School students to contemplate a Holocaust-related topic and respond to it in either the visual media or the written word. The resulting works are judged by category and grade level, and at the end of the school year the best are selected for special certificate and cash awards. The Mary Deane Freeland $250 cash award is given to the school library of the student whose entry in the Arts and Writing contest is judged “Best in Show.”

Congratulations to all the Arts and Writing Winners from 2018!

Best of Show in Art

Katie Mills
12th Grade, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

Best of Show in Writing

Adam Zheng
8th Grade, Casey Middle School