Left to right:  Performing Arts winner, Bella “True” Dapilma; Literary Arts winner, Amreen Patel; Center for Civic Engagement Director, Amy Koritz; CRCC Associate Director, Jonathan Golden; CRCC Director and CLA Dean, Chris Taylor

Literary Arts First Prize:  Amreen Patel, Poem, “My Nani’s Prayer”

Performing Arts First Prize:  True Dapilma Spoken Word, “A Girl Risen”

Visual Arts First Prize: Jennifer Costa, Photo Series, “Portraits of Northern New Jersey”

Costa-CivicAwards284aThe Drew Civic Engagement Awards delivered an extra shot of sight and sound this year as the winners of the Dr. Paul Drucker award for the Arts of Respect 2014 were announced live at the ceremony held on April 24.  Each of the three First Prize winners – in Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts – presented their award-winning work to a packed Crawford Hall.

The Drucker AOR Award for Literary Arts went to Amreen Patel (’16).  Patel, a biochemistry major who is also President of Muslim Student Association, won for her poem, titled My Nani’s Prayer, which paints a beautiful image of Muslim life in America.  Visual Arts First Prize went to graduating senior Jennifer Costa (’14).  An Art major, Jen’s photo series titled Portraits of Northern New Jersey offers the viewer a raw and honest picture of a world grappling with social responsibility in an age of ever greater diversity.  Jen is a gifted photographer who has been an AOR finalist multiple times, receiving honorable mention 2013.

Bella-CivicAwards328Finally, the 2014 Performing Arts Award went to Bella “True” Dapilma (’16) for her spoken word performance of A Girl Risen. True, who majors in Spanish, French and Neuroscience, is also President of the Drew African Student Association.  A multi-talented artist, True is the first ever two-time AOR winner, earning back-to-back Drucker Awards following her Literary Arts Award in 2013.  True’s work spins issues of poverty, racism, sexism, and social justice into powerful lyrics that scream “deal with it”.  And so we thank again Dr. Paul Drucker (’51), for giving us the Arts of Respect as one way to help us all “deal with it.”