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Arts of Respect (AOR) is an annual arts festival and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Its focus is respect for humankind and to promote greater understanding of how the arts can help build more cohesive community at Drew University and beyond. AOR, established in 2009, is sponsored by Drew CRCC, which endeavors to end hatred and mere tolerance, and promote mutual respect. In 2012, 105 students from Drew’s three schools, the Newark Public Schools’ Marion A. Bolden Center, and Madison and Millburn High Schools created artwork illustrating what respect means to them, and participated in professional performances and artistic workshops. The program culminates with a celebratory event during which the finalists’ interpretations of respect are displayed, read, heard, and acted out. Monetary prizes are awarded, and each student receives a certificate of participation.

Arts of Respect (AOR) originated at Drew as the brainchild of Dr. Paul Drucker, a member of Drew’s College of Liberal Arts class of 1951 and a retired physician who has a passion for advancing respect among all people. Dr. Drucker and Drew collaborated on developing the concept for AOR to encourage students and the community at large to explore conflict through the lens of art. Learn more about the AOR mission here.

Read more about past AOR program participants and fellowship winners

2012   |   2013   |   2014   |   2015   |   2016   |   2017

About Sports of Respect 2013

Drew University Methodist Archives, Drew Athletics and the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict hosted a program called The Sports of Respect: Race, Faith and Baseball. The program included several presenters who discussed race and faith in America as seen through the lens of our National Pastime.