'My Heroes'—HIAS Announces Theme for 2007 Poster Contest

Posted on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 11:54 am

(New York City)– Who are your heroes? Why do you admire them? These are questions that young immigrants from around the country are asked to answer artistically in the 2007 Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth.

This year marks the 13th year that HIAS - the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - has sponsored the contest as a way to keep its legacy of rescue and resettlement alive in the minds of its youngest beneficiaries.

“Many immigrants, when asked why they chose to uproot their lives and come to the United States, will answer, simply, ‘for my children,’” remarked Jerry Teller, chair of the board of HIAS. “In turn, these youngsters’ artwork inspires us to uphold the great values upon which our country was founded. They teach us tolerance, pride and gratitude, the value of diversity, the importance of good citizenship and the amazing gifts that different cultures bring to the U.S.”

Last year’s theme, “When I Grow Up,” inspired dozens of entries. The grand prize went to Gabriella Khachiyan, 7, of East Brunswick, N.J. Her drawing, done in marker and crayon, depicts a veterinarian in her office, which is filled with injured animals.

The contest is open to immigrant and first-generation children (whose parents immigrated to the United States) between the ages of 4 and 15. There can be only one entry per contestant and all artwork becomes the property of HIAS. Artwork must be no larger than 14” x 16”, in any medium - watercolor, crayon, oil, pencil, etc.

Submissions will be divided according to the following age groups: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15. Each entry must be accompanied by a brief explanation of how the artwork relates to the theme. Contestants in the age 4-7 category should prepare at least two sentences describing their work, those in the age 8-11 category should write at least one paragraph; and those in the age 12-15 category should write two to three paragraphs. A panel will judge all works and accompanying descriptions on the basis of creativity, originality, technique, and relation to the theme.

The grand-prize winner will receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. Three runners-up will receive special recognition prizes. All 12 finalists will receive a certificate of achievement and have their poster reproduced in the HIAS magazine, Passages.

Entries should be mailed to: HIAS Poster Contest, 333 Seventh Ave., 16th Fl., New York, N.Y., 10001. All entries must be received by June 30, 2007.