Middle and high school students are our future and we love to see so many young minds eager to spend their time and energy to increase awareness for our global challenges. We are greatly motivated by witnessing the creative works of those students. Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest is affiliated with educational institutions including universities to be able to create an opportunity to accelerate the progress towards cross-cultural reconciliation and cooperation by engaging our youth at an early age. It will be these individuals who have a greater understanding of global issues and the importance of cross-cultural dialog and cooperation in achieving solutions to global challenges and issues.
Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest was first organized in 2006. Co-sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), the Art & Essay Contest challenges middle and high school students in 5 states of the Southeast - Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina - to submit both art and essay compositions based on a yearly humanistic theme.
Past year's themes have included the following: "Who is My Neighbor?", "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes," and "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's Your Role?" The theme for the 2012-13 contest is "The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions." Finally, the theme for this year is “Connecting Cultures in the Digital Age: How does social media change the future of our world?”.