Drawing for Peace Contest


The Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence’s Drawing Peace Contest strives to foster a culture of nonviolence and peace by raising awareness among children ages 5-10 from all over the world, through the medium of art.  The objective of this contest is to allow children and youth to appreciate the value of nonviolence, the potential of nonviolent action to address conflicts, the value of social responsibility, the interconnected nature of the human experience, and the planet’s natural environment.

Teachers and educators participating in the contest may assist children in creating a tale using animals, nature, colors, or their own symbols.  Entries may be in the form of a poster, drawing, sketches or comic strip, depending on the will of the participant.  (This initiative is based on UNESCO's "Draw Me Peace" contest held in 2002.)

This year's theme is "Show Your Colors". Express what diversity means to you!

Submission dates for 2015: May 1-31

Submit physical entries to:

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence
James Madison University, Moody 107a
90 Bluestone Drive, MSC 1205,
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Or electronic entries to:
(Recommended for international entries)

We look forward to receiving the art submissions from participating schools around the globe.  We accept art from elementary schools locally in the Shenandoah Valley as well as schools in Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Zambia, Ghana, and many other nations around the world.  The artwork selected for display will be exhibited on James Madison University’s campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia during the month of April, 2010.  If you are a teacher or educator interested in having your students participate in this contest, the following link shows the requirements for each piece of art as well as any other additional information.

Additional information on the contest can be found here.

Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence

James Madison University

Moody Hall, MSC 1205

90 Bluestone Drive

Harrisonburg, VA 22807


For Dr. Terry Beitzel, Director:

Ph: 540.568.4250
Office: Moody Hall, Suite 107A

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Published: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017

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