MORDECHAI ANIELEWICZ CREATIVE ARTS COMPETITION
Each year, over 400 students from a wide range of backgrounds participate in the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition, submitting original, creative responses to their Holocaust studies in the form of poetry, prose, painting, sculpture, music, dance and video.

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 through 12, to learn about the Holocaust and respond by means of creative expression.

The works submitted will be on exhibition sometime in late May to early June. Awards Ceremony tentatively scheduled for June 1, 2020.

Themes

Lost Communities, Pre-War Jewish Europe

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?

Entry information

The deadline is March 6, 2020

All 2D and 3D art entries (any size) should be mailed or delivered to the JCRC offices at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

All non-writing entries must be accompanied by a printed copy of the completed online entry form. Securely fasten forms to the back or bottom of the artwork.

You MUST write the student’s first and last name in pencil on the back bottom right of each entry, as long as it won’t damage the art.

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

For music and film/video entries, please upload your entry via YouTube (unlisted to protect your privacy). Copy and paste the URL in the text box provided.
Or send your piece on a USB drive or on a DVD or CD to JCRC, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Include a copy of your online form with the USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

If the submitted work is part of a collaborative effort, EACH student must submit an entry form on-line listing the other student’s names.

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

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

Entries should be titled to reflect one of the themes listed above. These themes will 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.

2D and 3D Art Entries

Students must submit an on-line registration form for each entry.

All non-writing entries must be accompanied by a printed copy of the completed online entry form. Securely fasten forms to the back or bottom of the artwork.

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.

You MUST write the student’s first and last name in pencil on the back bottom right of each entry, as long as it won’t damage the art. The student’s name should NOT appear on the front of any entry.

Please upload a photo of your 2D, 3D or Mixed Media Art Entry in the entry form as requested. This is for identification purpose only. Please write your name on the photo.

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 on a separate piece of paper that should be included with their entry form and artwork.

Creative Writing Entries

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

All writing entries must be uploaded on-line in Word format and cannot contain a header or footer as part of the document with an entry form.

Please number all pages at the bottom; the title should be included on the first page.

Please do not upload historical photos as part of your entry.

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.

For music entries privacy, please upload your entry via YouTube (unlisted to protect your). Copy and paste the URL in the text box provided.

Or send your composition on a USB drive or on a DVD or CD to JCRC, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. You must include a copy of your online entry form with the USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

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

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources. Upload the bibliography in the lyrics upload option.

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.

For dance entries, please upload your entry via YouTube (unlisted to protect your privacy). Copy and paste the URL in the text box provided.

Or send your piece on a USB drive or on a DVD or CD to JCRC, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Include a copy of your online entry form with the USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

Students using researched material must include citation information for their sources. Upload the bibliography in the lyrics upload option.

Please include all lyrics to music used in your presentation if any.

Film/Video Entries

For film/video entries, please upload your entry via YouTube (unlisted to protect your privacy). Copy and paste the URL in the text box provided.

Or send your piece on a USB drive or on a DVD or CD to JCRC, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Include a copy of your online entry form with the USB flash drive, DVD or CD.

Film/video entries should 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. Upload the bibliography in the lyrics upload option.

Please include all lyrics to music used in your presentation if any.

Prizes

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

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

Winners will be notified by email in mid-May and through their teachers.

All entrants receive a certificate honoring their participation and 2D and 3D art entries are eligible for inclusion in the Exhibition.