The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, in collaboration with the Harmony for Peace Foundation, are calling on all young artists to use their creative talents to imagine a "World Free of Nuclear Weapons." The contest is open to children and teens, ages 5 — 17, across the globe.
Academy Award winning actor Michael Douglas has served as a United Nations Messenger of Peace since 1998. He is fiercely committed to disarmament issues, including nuclear nonproliferation and halting the global trade in small arms and light weapons. In the video embedded below, he invites kids to get involved with Art for Peace.
"Art is the universal language," Douglas says. "Art speaks to our hearts and minds. Art can make a difference."
The Art for Peace contest begins on 1 February and ends on 30 April 2012.
Youth who are between 5 and 17 years of age can enter this contest, and it is open to all children and teens in all countries. Contestants can draw, paint, sketch, use pens, pencils, crayons, charcoal, oil, acrylic paint or watercolor to create their artwork showing a world free of nuclear weapons, a world without bombs, without wars, without fear.
There will be 4 winners in each age category (ages 5-8, ages 9-12 and ages 13-17), and all the art work entries will be judged using the same criteria: creativity, composition, theme and technique. The winners will be announced before the end of May 2012. For age groups 5-8 and 9-12, the winners will receive wonderful art supplies.
For age group 13-17, there will be cash prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place, $200 for third place, and $100 for fourth place.
Each winning entry will also receive a certificate from the United Nations and all winning artwork will be reproduced in a United Nations calendar.
A gallery of entries already submitted is available at the UN's Art for Peace website.