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’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict (CRCC) with an endowed gift from Drew Alum (C ‘ 51). In 2013, more than one hundred students from Drew’s three schools and high schools around the state of New Jersey 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. Stipends are awarded to winners, who then become AOR interns, and each student receives a certificate of participation.
Guidelines for entering work:
- Students will submit work directly to the faculty in the Departments of Art, Music, English (Creative Writing) and Theatre.
- Deadline for submissions for AOR 2014 is March 20. Check directly with faculty in the department to which you intend to submit work regarding specifics of how they would like to have work in their areas submitted to them. (i.e. each will vary slightly)
- Students should also submit a digital version of work to AOR Facebook page by 3/20/14.
- Faculty in these areas will each nominate finalists, ten in total, for the Paul Drucker Award for Arts in the Humanities.
- There will be three Drucker Awards given out, with one artist selected from among the nominees in each of three categories envisioned as Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts.
- Selections will be made by the AOR committee, comprised of Drew faculty as well as expert outside judges.
- The winners will each be awarded a stipend of $500 and will also become the Arts of Respect interns. In this capacity, the winners will also be among the first students to play a role in helping to implement Drew’s prestigious Mellon Arts and the Common Good grant. Students can also help to coordinate future AOR events, for both the college and high school competition.
- There will be one event/forum in mid-April, coordinated by the Center on Religion, Culture and Conflic, where all finalists will have an opportunity to present their work in a live venue. Date: TBA