The Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Competition
Named in honor of Luna Kaufman, Holocaust survivor and pioneer in Holocaust Education, our annual contest is open to students in grades 5 through college and includes creative writing, and both two and three-dimensional art.
2013 Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Competition
Chhange is a recipient of the National Endowment of the Arts grant for The Big Read, an initiative designed to bring lapsed and reluctant readers back into the rich and rewarding world of books. A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, is the book we chose for this project. Works submitted for the 2013 Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Competition must conform to one of these four themes, which come from A Lesson Before Dying.
- Responding to Injustice: Author Ernest J. Gaines allows the reader to witness the dangerous consequences of social injustice, as well as the transformative effects of taking individual responsibility and acting to right a wrong. Express your interpretation of standing up for the rights of others.
- Respect and Human Dignity: In the course of the trial, Jefferson, one of the main characters in the book, is dehumanized. Bullying and acts of genocide dehumanize the victims. How does one recover human dignity in the face of dehumanization?
- Racism and Discrimination: This book offers powerful depictions of the injustice of segregation and the negative consequences for all affected by it. Discrimination is not just based on race; individuals experience it because of their age, religion, body image, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Students can highlight any elements of racism and discrimination as part of their creative responses to this theme.
- Lessons Learned: Lessons are learned in the classroom as well as in the circumstances of everyday living and in response to the hardships of others. Share your ideas about the lessons of this book.
Click here for complete instructions and the application for the 2013 Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contest.
Click here for the student release form for the 2013 Luna Kaufman Writing and Art Contest.