2016 Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest


By  David J. Smith, September 12, 2016

In observance of National Conflict Resolution Day on October 20, 2016, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) is seeking entries for the 11th Annual Conflict Resolution Day Student Art Contest.  The contest is open to all Maryland students in grades K through 8.

The best 1,000 entries will be displayed at the Judicial Education and Conference Center (JECC) in Annapolis, Maryland.  Winning students, with their families, will be invited to an awards ceremony and reception onDecember 13, 2016 at the JECC, where The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will present the awards.  

Categories: Art will be judged in three categories: Kindergarten through Second grades, Third through Fifth grades, and Sixth through Eighth Grades.

Prizes:  Art submissions will be judged on creativity and message conveyed. The following prizes will be awarded for each category:

1st Place:  Winner will receive $75.00.

2nd Place: Winner will receive $50.00.

3rd Place:  Winner will receive $25.00.

We will also be selecting 6 entries to print as bookmarks for use in promoting conflict resolution across Maryland.

To Enter:  Submit original artwork using the template provided below, or submit your own artwork with the finished image size being no larger than 3 inches high by 9 inches wide.  Please be sure to label the students artwork, either on label provided on the template, or on the back of their entry. The label should include: the student’s name, age and grade, school or program name if appropriate, teacher’s/parent’s name, email address, and an address where we should send the entry after the contest is complete.  Students who are homeschooled are welcome to participate.


Download the Template:  Visit the contest website or use the attached Word file.

Theme:  Subject matter must reflect a conflict resolution or prevention theme, such as peer mediation, talking things out, apologizing, respecting differences, solving problems together, listening, tolerance, peace building, or alternatives to violence.  To see images of past winners, visit: http://www.mdcourts.gov/macro/eventsconflictresolutiondayarchive.html

Deadline:        All submissions must be received by Thursday, October 20, 2016.                

Artwork may be mailed or dropped off to:

Alecia Parker, MACRO, 2001 Commerce Park Drive, Suite C, Annapolis, MD 21401

Please call or email with any questions.  We may be reached at 410-260-3540, or at alecia.parker@mdcourts.gov.

MACRO will attempt to return all art submissions, if an address is provided.

By submitting a bookmark entry in this contest, you give the Judiciary permission to use the artwork in any future public awareness materials promoting conflict resolution.

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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