Congratulations to all the Arts and Writing Winners from 2019!

Best of Show in Art

Shannon McKee
12th Grade, Chautauqua Lake Central School

Best of Show in Writing

Ava Shiff
8th Grade, Casey Middle School

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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 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.”


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.