Focusing on themes central both to the Holocaust and to ethical decision-making in our world today, the Chapman University art and writing contest is open to middle and high school students around the world.
Sponsored by Chapman University – a private college in Southern California -- and supported by USC Shoah Foundation and other groups, the contest gives students from public, private and parochial schools the opportunity to share their creative works in response to survivors’ oral testimonies.
Participants are asked to create artistic or written responses to Holocaust survivor testimony from IWitness or The 1939 Society’s archives, in the form of creative writing, artwork, or short film. Since its inception in 1999, the contest has grown to include over 200 schools in Southern California, the United States, and even countries like China and Slovakia. First-place students and their teachers receive and all-expense-paid study trip to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and other sites in Washington, D.C.