Peace And Dialogue Art Contest Raised Awareness of Poverty Among Charlottesville’s Middle And High School Students

Rumi Forum organized an art contest that is designed to raise awareness of poverty. Students at the public and private schools at Charlottesville and Albemarle County invited to the contest.



The contest included two categories: middle school and high school. First place winner of each category were awarded with Google Nexus 7, while the second and third place winners of each category received Barnes & Nobles Nook Simple Touch. A total of 21 artworks from 7 different schools were received. The local artist Cynthia Burke from McGuffey Art Center and graduate students from University of Virginia judged the artworks.


The main goals of the competition were to raise awareness on global poverty, allow our young people the chance to deal with real community and world issues, and encourage artistic expression. There was also a charitable aspect of the competition. Some of the artworks were included in a silent auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization aiming to provide affordable housing to low-income families. The results of the art competition were unveiled at the ceremony on Tuesday, November 20, 2013 at Omni Charlottesville Hotel. Below are the winners at each category:


Winners in Middle School Category:


  1. Jennifer Lopez-Ruiz

Buford Middle School

Art Teacher: Mr. Desmond Cormier


  1. Min Su Kim

Jack Jouett Middle School

Art Teacher: Ms. Donna Evans


  1. Gabbi DeGennaro

Charlottesville Catholic School

Art Teacher: Mrs. Lindsay Evans


Winners in High School Category:


  1. Sydney Saunders

Charlottesville High School

Art Teacher: Rachel McLaughlin


  1. Hannah ThomasClarke

Western Albemarle High School

Art Teacher: Ms. Nancy Mehlich


  1. Hayley Owens

Charlottesville High School

Art Teacher: Rachel McLaughlin

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