Once again, it is our pleasure to invite your students to participate in our Seventh Annual Art of Friendship Contest.

This contest, sponsored by Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, gives students the chance to visually express their understanding of this year’s theme, “Opening Doors and Hearts to ALL”.

The specific rules for submission to this year’s contest are detailed in the enclosed materials. We would appreciate if you could help us promote this event by spreading the word. Please feel free to reproduce these materials as needed.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 2, 2016. Winning students and their teachers will be recognized at a banquet in the presence of community leaders.

Participation in the Art of Friendship Contest has been growing every year, and we hope to see an even greater number of art pieces this year. Any and all help you can offer in putting this project into the hands of your students at your school would be most appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding this event or if you need printed posters and materials about the contest, please feel free to contact us at artcontest@thedialoginstitute.org. On behalf of Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, I thank you for your support of programs that encourage the creative efforts of the young generation in our city.


Nazli Cizmeci

Committee Chair, The Art of Friendship Contest

Dialogue Institute of the Southwest


Contest winners and their art teachers will be invited to an Awards Dinner where they will receive recognition for their efforts in front of distinguished guests.

For both Middle and High School Categories, awards for the winners are:

First Place: $200

Second Place: $150

Third Place: $100

Fourth & Fifth Place: $50

Social Media Winner: $100

Teachers of winning students will receive a gift card as an award of appreciation and recognition. If more than one student of the same teacher win, the teacher will receive one gift card. All finalist students will receive an Honorary Certificate.


This program hopes to contribute to the promotion of friendship and dialogue among the diverse members of our society, including peers, strangers, adults, and figures of authority. The wide range of cultures and ethnicities that characterizes our city and our schools provides a unique opportunity for such dialogue, and we ask participants consider the implications of this friendship in a visual medium. It allows our young people the chance to deal with real community and world issues and work towards global peace and intercultural understanding.


· Artwork submitted must be original, unpublished, and created / authored by one person.
· Artwork submitted must be two-dimensional. Choice of media is up to the student.
· Maximum entry size is 18” x 24”; minimum entry size is 11” x 14”.
· All entries must be matted (2” maximum, white or black) and backed with the official entry form, as well as a brief (80 word maximum) explanation of the artwork.
· Submissions must be received no later than by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016
· The awarded pieces will not be given back to the students.
· The pieces which are not awarded might be taken back by the students/teachers from the Institute’s office within 2 weeks after winners are announced. The institute will not return the pieces after 2 weeks.
· The winning students’ names will be announced upon the judging process without their exact rankings. Students will learn their ranking at the award ceremony. Those who fail to participate to the award ceremony will not be awarded.


Entries will be judged on the following criteria: originality, craftsmanship and interpretation of topic/theme. This year’s theme is “happiness”. The decision of the judges is final as relating to all contest matters.
Entries will also be placed on Dialogue Institutes’ Facebook page. The artwork that gets the most number of likes will be the social media winner.