Named in memory of the heroic young leader who organized Jewish resistance and gave his life fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition invites students grades 7-12 to learn about the Holocaust and respond by means of creative expression.

Entry information

All entries must be accompanied by an online entry form.

All non-writing entries must be accompanied by a printed copy of the completed online entry form. Fasten forms to the back or bottom of the artwork. For music and video entries, include copy of form in the DVD or CD case.

All 2D and 3D art entries should be sent or brought to the Jewish Community Relations Council offices at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

The student’s name should NOT appear on the front of the entry itself.

If the submitted work is part of a collaborative effort, EACH student must submit an entry form online, noting the other student’s names.

All entries are judged for both form and content. Note: winning entries often come from classrooms where teachers help students submit their best work.

Students using research materials for any type of entry must include citation information for their sources.

Entries should be titled to reflect one of the themes listed below. These themes are designed to encourage students to view the Holocaust through a broad perspective, reflecting upon its lessons in terms of their relevance to contemporary social and political issues.

Themes

Cultural Resistance: Art, Music, Poetry and Education

The Experiences of Children

Life and Resistance in the Ghetto

Life and Resistance in the Concentration Camps

Communities of Conscience: Rescue During the Holocaust

The World Watched in Silence

Liberation and its Aftermath

Are You your Brother’s Keeper?

2D and 3D Art Entries

Students may submit work in any media including sculpture, painting, printing, photography, etc.

Visual arts entries rendered on paper should be matted or mounted to avoid damage.

Visual arts participants should be made aware that a number of images associated with the Holocaust — such as the swastika, barbed wire and images from the death camps — still carry potent and brutal racist connotations. Students should be advised to use such images judiciously, if at all, in their compositions; the use of any sharp materials, such as actual barbed wire or broken glass, is strongly discouraged.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources.

Creative Writing Entries

Students may submit an essay, short story, poem or dramatic script.

All writing entries must be uploaded online in Word format, with entry form.

Number pages at the bottom; the title should be included only on the first page.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources.

Music Entries

An original vocal or instrumental work written for solo, ensemble, band or orchestral presentation may be submitted and must be accompanied by one explanatory paragraph about the entry of no more than 100 words.

Music entries may be submitted on CD or DVD or uploaded in one of the following formats: mp3, mp4, mpg, wma, flv or avi.

If compositions include lyrics, upload text of lyrics with entry form.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources.

Dance Entries

Students may perform solo or in a group.

Presentations will be judged on the ability of the dancer(s) to express the selected theme. Entries must be accompanied by one explanatory paragraph about the entry of no more than 100 words.

Entries should be submitted via DVD or uploaded in one of the following formats: mp3, mp4, mpg, wma, flv or avi.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources.

Video and Multi-Media Entries

Video entries may be submitted on CD or DVD or uploaded in one of the following formats: mp3, mp4, mpg, wma, flv or avi.

Video entries must be accompanied by one explanatory paragraph about the entry of no more than 100 words.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources.

Prizes

Prizes are awarded to winners in 3 grade groupings: 7th/8th, 9th/10th and 11th/12th, and within each of the following categories: prose, poetry, two-dimensional visual art, three-dimensional visual art, music, dance and multi/digital media.

Special awards are sometimes given for work that does not fit neatly into the categories listed above.

Winners will be notified by mail in mid-May.

All entrants receive a certificate honoring their participation and 2D- and 3D-art entries are eligible for inclusion in the Exhibition in June 2017. Both the exhibition and ceremony will be held at Moore College of Art and Design: 1916 Race Street, Philadelphia 19103. Exhibition and ceremony dates forthcoming.