The Art & Essay Contest is one Peace Islands Instutute’s long-term projects and sister organization that first began in 2010. Consistent with Peace Islands Institute’s (PII) mission of promoting pluralism and bringing people from different backgrounds together, Art & Essay Contest (A&E) aims to
- Bring middle and high school students from around the state of New Jersey together
- Promote awareness on issues of common concern among New Jersey youth
- Facilitate their personal and academic growth through a healthy competitive environment, and
- Inspire them to make a positive change in their communities. Since its inception in 2010, annual Art & Essay Contest attracts submissions from around 200 New Jersey public, private, and charter schools.