Art & Essay


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

  1. Bring middle and high school students from around the state of New Jersey together
  2. Promote awareness on issues of common concern among New Jersey youth
  3. Facilitate their personal and academic growth through a healthy competitive environment, and
  4. 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.