ADRA Europe 2024 Art Contest

Theme: "When the Climate Destroys Our Home"

News March 15, 2024

15 March 2023| Brussels, Belgium [ADRA Europe with tedNEWS]

The theme for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Europe 2024 Art Contest is ‘When the Climate Destroys Our Home’. According to research data from the disaster relief charity, ShelterBox, “an average of nearly 42 million people per year face the loss of their homes due to climate change-related extreme weather events in the next 20 years (humanitarian standards assume an average of 5 people per home). By the year 2040, this figure could look as high as 54.9 million people in one year alone.”

In this world of information overload, a statistic has the potential to be ‘just another number’ among many. To the people and families affected by the loss of their homes, what we know as a statistic is a life-changing experience. That’s why ADRA Europe holds its annual art contest – to help inform both intelligently and effectively.

A call to be creative and support displaced people among us!

Because an image is worth a thousand words, the Art Contest “Hear me. See me. Walk with me.” encourages young people across Europe to use their creativity to learn, understand, and support people forced to flee their country.  More than 108.4 million people have fled their homes to escape climate disasters, conflict and persecution. Children, youth and families can use their talents to share the message that everyone deserves to be treated with practical kindness, justice, compassion and love – to live as God intended.

Who can apply?

The contest is open to all children, youth (ages 5 to 25 years), and families.

All artwork must be the sole and original work of the participators. Parents/guardians may provide minimal help to younger children.

Contest entries will be divided by age, and the most outstanding artworks will be chosen from each age category. Artworks will be evaluated by the Art Committee. Members will evaluate based on creativity as well as how effectively it conveys the message of kindness, hope, and solidarity. Each participant is welcome to share the artwork on his/her social media.

Categories

  • 5 – 9 years
  • 10 – 14 years
  • 15 – 18 years
  • 19 – 25 years
  • Families

Theme       

When the Climate Destroys Our Home

Type of art expression that can be submitted:

Collage (it is allowed to use some text).

Please give your work a title, take a good-quality photo of your work (without any background), and submit it through our webpage.

How to apply?               

Interested candidates can submit their work online in jpeg format. The closing date to submit work is 12 May 2024.

Who will win?

Contest entries will be divided by age, and the most outstanding piece of art will be chosen from each age group. Some artworks may be used to further promote the education of all children, shared on social media, and used as educational material for raising awareness about the migration issue as widely as possible.

Winners will receive awards and experiences appropriate for different age groups, for example, an art workshop, school supplies, gift vouchers for attending a Camporee, a youth camp or congress, or a volunteer experience of ADRA projects in Europe. Winners can also donate the value of their prize, and ADRA will provide school supplies for the refugee children.

The Art Committee will evaluate artworks and choose the three best entries from each category.

Jurors will determine based on creativity how effectively it conveys the message of climate change and human displacement. Shortly after the Committee members’ selection, on 15 May, ADRA will launch an invitation on social media for the public to vote from 17 May to 2 June, for their favourite piece of art from each category.

Winners will be notified by email once voting is completed. The online award ceremony will take place on 15 June 2024.

For further information contact Ausenda Martins at [email protected]


¹ShelterBox, Climate Change: A Humanitarian Crisis.

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