“Work for Peace” Theme for 2015 Art Challenge

Each spring the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center hosts an Art Challenge for students of all ages.  This year’s Search for Peace Art Challenge features the theme “Work for Peace” and is co-sponsored by First Security Bank, the Missoula Independent, Missoula Area Central Labor Council, Zoo Town Arts Community Center, and La Stella Blu.  The contest is open to students from elementary school through university.   Students are invited to express visions of “Work for Peace” in the media of their choice: essays, poems, short stories, text arts, drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture, etc. Entries are accepted in one of five categories: elementary school, middle school, secondary school, university, and collaborative, with two $50 cash awards for each category.

All of the art will be displayed as part of First Night Art Walk, Friday, May 1, 2015, at La Stella Blu, 612 South Higgins.  The Search for Peace awards ceremony will be also be Friday, May 1st, International Workers Day, at the art display.


Father Jim Hogan. Photo courtesy of CCMT.

The deadline for submitting is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  Submission forms and more information is available at the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center at 519 South Higgins, on our website (www.jrpc.org) or by phone at 543-3955.   Please bring your works to the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, 519 S. Higgins in Missoula no later than 5 pm on April 8.

Search for Peace was first offered in 2001 by Father Jim Hogan who was then the pastor of Christ the King Parish in Missoula, as a simple effort to address the increasing problem of violence in our world.  “We must seek peace, nurture peace, teach peace, and express peace in our daily lives,” said Hogan.   Since its inception it has become an annual project in which Missoula students of any age are invited to express their concept of peace through any creative medium.