The prize of being able to go to Turkey is not meant to be a vacation. It is an extension of the hard work winners have already put into each piece that eventually served as their chance to travel. The jam-packed trip is also an extension of the high caliber of understanding top winners already exhibit by virtue of their placement of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
Originally posted December, It is a lofty ambition to try to create a legacy of understanding and closer relations between cultures, but indeed it is at the heart of everything The Istanbul Center of Atlanta strives to accomplish for the southeastern United States and beyond. The Center does this by creating opportunities for children and adults to engage in dialogue through education, culture and humanitarian works.
Inthe United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Secretariat in New York became one of the sponsors for the art and essay contest. The speech written by President Jorge Sampaio and delivered by Dr. Thomas Uthup of the UN Alliance at the — awards ceremony conveys eloquently the alignment of cross-cultural goals: Ladies and gentlemen, globalization and migration brings together different cultural communities who may previously not have had much interaction with each other.
Interaction of different groups can be a source of friction and often of conflict. But cultural diversity can also result in cross-fertilization and success stories of people interacting in mutual respect and harmony.
Cultural diversity can spark innovation, stimulate creativity, and boost the economy. Indeed Atlanta, Georgia, and the United States have seen this first-hand.
From the moment I walked in the doors of The Istanbul Center of Atlanta, I determined that this was a very unique organization. Eventually, I was invited to serve as a judge for an art and essay contest that The Istanbul Center hoped to launch in The first run of the contest was fairly awkward — too little experience with such things resulted in few rules by which to operate and few entries to judge.
Since then, however, the program has grown by leaps and bounds, much through guidance from art educators such as Jeanette Wachtman, Debi West, and myself, as well as the competent and dedicated staff of The Istanbul Center. My students served as preliminary judges, using a rubric created for this purpose.
Using a rubric at this preliminary stage of judging was helpful to the students as they reviewed and then ranked artworks.
Nevertheless, using rubrics for art contests is somewhat heretical in art adjudication circles. I asked an art education colleague and program evaluator, Dr. April Munson, to examine the art judging process this year.
This, the fourth year of the contest, seemed an appropriate window for assessing how effectively the art adjudication proceeded. While I regret that the faculty judges found this process unnerving, I do see clear benefits to my art education students regarding several factors.
For many of my art education students, it was their first contact with people from Turkey, or even Muslims in general. Just being at The Istanbul Center for two sessions of classes gave the students an idea of Turkish gentility and enthusiasm for building international relationships.
They also had an opportunity to see how artworks can be evaluated according to formal directives.
The "Dream Deferred" Essay Contest on Civil Rights in the Middle East is available to students who are 25 years old or younger and live in the Middle East or the U.S. You must submit a - to - word essay addressing one of the questions listed on the sponsor's Web site. Arab Youth Essay Contest. for Brookings scholarship in the region, the BDC advances high-quality, independent research and policy analysis on the Middle East and North Africa. The Middle Center (MEC) at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting submissions for our Essay plombier-nemours.com competition is open to all current Penn undergraduates.
Munson recognized that the end product, effective judging, was achieved: The top ten pieces were ranked after conversation and adequate assessment time. For me, this speaks to the internal validity of our adjudication findings. While they are all very rich comments, I have selected an excerpt from the text of one of the students, Jenni Paek, which encapsulates the experiences of these young people as a result of their initial encounter with this part of the world: We were embarking on a life-changing journey … to change our perspectives of people different than ourselves and to learn of a culture by stepping right into the middle of its country.The Dream Deferred Essay Contest was an annual contest that comes from a Langston Hughes poem: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Just as the poem helped propel the civil rights movement in the U.S., today it can inspire your dream deferred for the Middle East. The Middle East Center (MEC) Translation Contest for is now accepting submissions.
This year the contest will consider original translations of Arabic texts from the 20th and 21st centuries. Just as the Langston Hughes poem helped inspire the civil rights movement, the contest sponsors feel that essay contest will also be regarded as an opportunity for American and Middle Eastern youth to unite over the issue of advancing civil liberties in the Middle East.
The Istanbul Center’s contest models successful critical thinking in the arts — an excellent vehicle for transforming attitudes and exploring solutions to our contemporary problems.
A description of the Istanbul Center Art and Essay Contest for –, is offered annually through the Georgia State University Middle East.
The Middle Center (MEC) at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting submissions for our Essay plombier-nemours.com competition is open to all current Penn undergraduates. The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is giving East Central College students a chance to win $1,!
The NISOD Student Art Contest gives students international exposure for his or her original artwork.