2021-2022 Arts of Respect High School Program


Arts of Respect High School Program

This year, Arts of Respect (AOR) is once again hosting an arts festival and competition in the visual, literary, and performing arts for New Jersey high school students. Whether your school is new to our program, or you have participated in AOR in prior years, we invite you to encourage your students to submit applications for our April 2022 festival.

The theme for the 2021-2022 AOR High School program is “Building Bridges.”

Arts of Respect, established in 2009, is sponsored by Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict (CRCC), which endeavors to end hatred and mere tolerance, and promote mutual respect. 

Arts of Respect originated at Drew University as the brainchild of Dr. Paul Drucker, a member of Drew’s College of Liberal Arts class of 1951 and a retired physician. Dr. Drucker’s passion for advancing respect among all people led to the development of an arts program which encourages students and the community at large to explore conflict through the lens of art.

Image: Dr. Paul Drucker, 2019 Arts of Respect Showcase.

Teachers, please consider incorporating this Arts of Respect activity into your lesson plan for next year. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Cash prizes will be awarded, and each student receives a certificate of participation.

The application portal opens September 7, 2021 and closes February 28, 2022.

The objectives of Arts of Respect are: 

1) To place the topic of respect “on the table,” and raise awareness of the need to acknowledge, accept, and embrace difference.

2) To give students a venue in which they can safely “put a face” on prejudice and intolerance as a way to promote sensitivity and dialogue.

3) To help students to gain a greater sense of well-being, and thereby create a healthier learning environment in their classroom, school, and community.

4) To develop leadership skills by coordinating participation in AOR in schools, inspire sustainable programs for ongoing dialogue about respect, and foster an improved climate of tolerance and acceptance.

Questions? Email crcc@drew.edu, AOR in subject line.

Jonathan Golden, Ph.D. Director, Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict CRCC. jgolden@drew.edu 

Avianna Miller, Drew Class of 2023. Student Coordinator, AOR High School Showcase. Majors: Studio Art and Media & Communications

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