82.1 F
Charlotte Amalie
Saturday, November 26, 2022
HomeNewsArchivesCreative Works Illustrate Youths' Feelings About Violence

Creative Works Illustrate Youths' Feelings About Violence

March 11, 2009 — Nearly 400 students from across the territory expressed artistic messages against the destructive use of firearms in the second annual "Draw Against Gun Violence" poster contest, sponsored by Project Safe Neighborhoods.
"We get youth talking to youth rather than have adults preaching to them about gun violence," said Lou Lambert, founder of Drawing Against Violence. "What we see in art is more revealing from the student standpoint than what it would be if you were to try and talk to them."
All 373 entries will be on display on St. Thomas until the end of next week at the V.I. Council on the Arts, 5070 Norre Gade, across from Ft. Christian. Then all will go on display at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix.
The contest was open to all students across the territory, and the number of student entries nearly doubled from last year. There were separate categories for elementary, middle and high school students. Judging was based on originality, relevance of the image, message, artistry and overall impact. The top three entries from the St. Thomas-St. John district and top six from St. Croix earned the artists an iPod Touch. The finalists and the first 100 entrants will each receive a backpack with the Project Safe Neighborhood logo.
For more information and to view all of the finalists' artwork, visit drawagainstgunviolence.com.
St. Thomas' top three finalists:
Grades 1-5: Adrianna Bryan-Joseph, 1st grade, Joseph Sibilly Elementary School
Grades 6-8: Raeniqua Kierra Victorine, 5th grade, Calvary Christian Academy
Grades 9-12: Anthony S. Walter, 12th grade, Ivanna Eudora Kean
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.




Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.