As part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary in 2017 we are “going back to our roots”— the initial innocence of youth, its vision and idealism— as a way of looking forward to the next 50 years.
The Pacem in Terris Youth Peace Art Exhibition is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like. What does a peaceful world look like? What should us older citizens be working towards?
Call it Visionary Peace. Something to which our younger citizens are uniquely qualified to make a significant contribution. The Pacem in Terris Youth Peace Art Exhibition is where the art and words of our young friends can help us all see the world anew.
Another way of looking at this project is that we are trying to give youth a platform to speak to adults about the world they want. In a very real sense, they “own” more of the future than the richest older person or the most powerful politician. They own it in the sense that if each of us gets (according to average life expectancy), 80 years of life upon our birth, you have (if you are a 70 year old Donald Trump), 10 years left that you “own.” If you are a 10 year old, you “own” 70 years of the future . . . So our children are wealthier than their parents when it comes to time and the amount of it they have. Given that they have such a vested interest in the future, they should have a strong(er) voice about what that future should be. The Youth Peace Art Exhibition provides a place for out youth to articulate what they want.
What It Is
- The 2017 Pacem in Terris Youth Peace Art Exhibition is for students, kindergarten through twelfth grade.
- The art work will be displayed at The Delaware Contemporary (formerly Delaware Center for Contemporary Art) at the Riverfront in Wilmington during the week of September 17-24, 2017. From there, the new exhibition will go on tour throughout our region to a diverse group of churches, temples and mosques, as well as schools, libraries, theaters, corporations and organizations.
2017 Youth Peace Art Exhibition
The following are guidelines for teachers wishing to enter their student's work in the 2017 Youth Peace Art Exhibition:
- Students are invited to create a picture of peace. What does peace look like? What does a peaceful world look like?
- Drawings, paintings, etc. should be original, 2 dimensional, and one of the following sizes:
- 8.5 inches by 11 inches
- 12 inches by 16 inches
- 16 inches by 20 inches.
- Each art work needs to be accompanied by the student’s name, school, grade, art teacher (when appropriate), and school address so it can be returned (and the school and teacher recognized).
- Collaborative art projects are welcome.
- Students are also invited to write a short explanation of their drawing. This is not necessary, but most welcome. During the Opening Ceremony, a number of youth, who feel comfortable doing so, will have the opportunity to explain their art work by reading their explanation.
- Each student can submit one work of art.
- Registration is needed — due to space limitations, register your group of students by June 1st to ensure display space. Registration is simple. Send an email to email@example.com, with the name of your school, grade and estimated number of entries.
- The art should be submitted before Thursday, September 14 to Pacem in Terris, 401 N. West Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
A Lesson Plan for teachers for a classroom, Sunday School, summer camp or other setting can downloaded here.
The flyer provides much of the above information. Please share it with anyone you think will be interested! Download it here.
The 2016 Opening Ceremony at The Delaware Contemporary was documented by video artist Caleb Watson. See his wonderful work here.
Cards for Peace
The Youth Peace Art program is wonderful. It engages youth and the adults with whom they come in contact in one of the most important dialogues we can have— what do we want the world to be like? What is our vision for a desirable future? What is peace? And, how do we make it real?
As a means of making this important program possible every year, to grow it so it impacts more and more youth, schools and the public— to make it sustainable, we have launched Cards for Peace. This is a special edition of ten youth peace artworks turned into a packet of twenty greeting cards. If you would like to support the Youth Peace Art Project, please purchase a set! They are incredibly beautiful, thought-provoking, and support next year's Youth Peace Art Program. You can purchase your set for $20, here. (Be sure to say "Peace Cards" in the Designation box.)
Pacem Education Projects
Host Children's Peace Art
The Pacem in Terris Children’s Peace Art Exhibition is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like. As part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary in 2017 we are “going back to our roots”— the initial innocence of youth, its vision and idealism— as a way of looking forward to the next 50 years.