New Jersey students from preschool to grade 12 (ages 3 to 21) are encouraged to participate in the “Hope, Healing and Resilience Through the COVID 19 Pandemic” art installation project, which is spreading positive messages of hope, resilience and perseverance.

The project, which is being led by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with Arts Ed NJ and the Art Educators of New Jersey, will highlight the positive messages of hope, healing, and resilience.  

Students can submit one original piece of two-dimensional art focusing on the themes. Selected artwork will be printed and displayed in New Jersey Department of Education buildings. Works will also be showcased on a digital platform in spring 2022.

Students are encouraged to consider these guiding questions:

  • How have I developed greater strength, resilience, or perseverance because of the challenges I faced during the pandemic?
  • How can I use my art to convey hope for the future as I move beyond the challenges I have faced?
  • How can I use art to help convey my experiences through the COVID-19 pandemic?

Artwork may be submitted by students, guardians, or educators on their behalf. Two-dimensional media types include painting, drawing, photography, digital design, or other similar media that do not exceed one inch in depth. Only one original piece of artwork may be submitted per student.

Submissions of artwork created after March 2020 can be made on a rolling basis through March 31.

Not all artworks will be selected for display. A rubric will be used, and the selection process will depend on the volume of applications received. If selected, students and/or the guardians or educators who submitted the artwork on their behalf will be notified.

Get tips on how to take a photo of an artwork for consideration, view the grading rubric, and learn more about the art installation project here.

Submit a piece of artwork for consideration.