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All St Anthony teens are invited to submit a work of art for the 2022 Teen Art for Change Show and enter a raffle for your chance to win a prize! 

2022 Theme: Builders of Peace in our Communities

Submissions accepted: July 1st- July 22nd, 2022

Selected artists notified: July 29th, 2022

Selected artwork delivery: Week of July 31st

Opening reception: August 12th, 2022 @ 6 PM

Who can participate: Youth 7-12th grade 

Why participate: every eligible** entry gets automatically entered into a raffle for the chance to win gift cards, art supplies, posters, and more! 




Given the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the recent mass shootings, we all should take more seriously the goal of peace: Practically speaking, what does peace look like? How do we get there? That's why the theme for this year's teen art for change show is “Builders of Peace in Our Communities." Peace is not achieved simply by an absence of violence, but rather in the presence of justice. As the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of Church says:


"Peace is the fruit of justice, understood in the broad sense as the respect for the equilibrium of every dimension of the human person. Peace is threatened when man is not given all that is due him as a human person, when his dignity is not respected and when civil life is not directed to the common good” (no. 494). 

While we all should be concerned about peace at the international level, especially in Ukraine, this art show will have a domestic, more local focus. Anyone can work to build peace right where they are, by working together with those around them. When we work for justice in our communities, all have a greater chance to thrive and have access to what they need for safe and healthy lives. This creates sustainable peace.


The Church's social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. In this tradition you can find seven overall themes: Life and Dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family Community and Participation, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Rights and Responsibilities, Solidarity,
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers, and Care for God’s Creation.

Visit THIS page to learn more about these seven themes.



Your artist statement should describe how your creative work reflects upon this year’s theme,“Builders of Peace in Our Communities.” To that end, reflect on and answer the following essay questions related to the theme and your own lived experience. Each answer should be between 1-2 sentences.

  • What injustices do you see in the world today that is threatening the goal of peace?

  • How do you feel about the situation? Why do you feel personally called to address this issue? 

  • How does this injustice connect to one of the themes from our Catholic Social Teaching?  

  • What can be done to resolve this issue and come closer to the ideal of peace?


Now that you have learned about the call to build peace and what the church says about it, make a creative work exploring the theme “Builders of Peace in Our Communities.” All artwork must be able to be easily displayed on a wall, table, or projector. Specifically, acceptable mediums include, but not limited to: drawings, paintings, collages, photography, video/short films, short stories/storytelling, poetry (either written or spoken), music, acting, fashion, and dance. Please note, that it is permitted to co-create a work of art with a friend. 

Next, fill out the official entry form below, which includes your responses to the four short essay questions. Your contest entry will be assessed by both your essay responses and your creative work. Please note that the contact information of a parent or guardian is required. 

Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to the theme, criteria, and Catholic teaching will be not be considered.

To submit an entry for the show, please take the time to fill out the information below. If you have any questions about this form or the show in general, please contact Danny Rauda at

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