"When I Grow Up." HIAS Announces Theme for '06 Poster Contest

Posted on Fri, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:38 am

(New York City) - What do you want to be when you grow up? What goals and dreams do you hope to achieve as an adult here in the United States? These are questions that young immigrants from around the country are asked to answer artistically in the 2006 Poster Contest for Immigrant Youth.

This year marks the 12th 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, “ America’s Place in the World,” inspired dozens of entries. The grand prize went to Annabelle Blushteyn, 9, of Fishers, Ind. Her drawing, in crayon and pencil, depicts a marathon in the Olympics.

“In my picture, I have an American holding a great symbol of peace, the Olympic flame. She leads everybody…dressed in the colors of their countries flags and they follow the torch bearer. This is just like the countries following America to peace.”
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 20” x 24” (50 x 60 cm), in any medium - watercolor, crayon, oil, pencil, sculpture, 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 4-7 category should prepare at least two sentences describing their work, those in the 8-11 category should write at least one paragraph; and those in the 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 our magazine, Passages, as well as have the artwork included in HIAS’ online calendar (available for viewing at http://www.hias.org/News/Pubs/Calendar_2006.pdf).

Entries should be mailed to: HIAS Poster Contest, 333 7th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001. All entries must be received by June 30, 2006.
The official entry form, which includes contest rules, may be accessed via the HIAS website http://www.hias.org/Scholarships/poster/2006poster_flyers.pdf; by calling the HIAS Communications Office at 212-613-1349, or by e-mailing: poster@hias.org.