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Thursday March 30, 2017

Seventh Annual Peace Poster Project for Children and Young Adults

WINSTED, CT – March 30, 2017 - Winsted Area Peace Action (WAPA), has launched its seventh annual Peace Poster Project.  This year's theme Peace, My Responsibility: What Can I Do for Peace? is intended to encourage youth, ages 5-18, to envision what peace looks like when put into action in our homes, schools, communities, the world. 

The Peace Poster Project began in 2011 with 47 entries.  Since then, participation has tripled.  The project was started as an effort to block the constant flow of negative imagery of war and violence with images of humanity at peace. 

Judges for this year are Alan Colavecchio and Cécile Emond. Alan Colavecchio has over 40 years of experience as a graphic designer and is owner of Colavecchio Design Inc., in Winsted. He has a wide range of experience in advertising, graphic design and public relations and has received many creative and industry-specific marketing awards. Judging with Colavecchio, will be New Hartford resident Cécile Emond, noted visual artist and writer.   Her creations, through imagery and words,   are informed and inspired by a love of nature and travels that explore diverse subject matter. She offers, “The Winsted Area Peace Action group is composed of caring and passionate individuals, dedicated to promoting peace, and I am honored to help them in their mission by being a judge in this important project. By expressing their views visually, young people engage in a reflection about what peace means to them, whether at home or in the world, and this awareness will, hopefully, help their generation shape a more peaceful world.”

Much of the success of the Annual Peace Poster Project is due to the wonderful community support it has received over the years.  Area businesses have consistently donated items and gift cards.  Additionally, the individual sponsor list has been growing making it possible to obtain a wide variety of art supplies for prizes.  A special memorial cash award will be continued in the 15 -18 age category in the name of the late Frank C. Hohmeister, a supporter of the WAPA Peace Studies and all the Peace Poster contests to date.

The expectations of the Peace Poster committee is that, as in the past,  art teachers from the region, in  public, private and religious spheres, will be devoting time,  materials, and encouragement so that their students may participate.  Northwestern Connecticut Community College Library director, Jim Patterson and his library staff have provided logistical support, and space for the awards ceremony to take place.

Entry blanks for the Peace Poster Project will be available in local schools, at the Beekley Community Library, New Hartford and Northwestern Connecticut Community College Library, or online.   Project entries must be submitted by Friday, May 12, 2017 to one of the above-mentioned locations.   Peace Poster collection containers with “Peace Dove” logos have been provided for that purpose at the same sites.  The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 5:30 pm in the atrium of the NCCC Library. 

All the creative results of participating area youth may be viewed at the college library's Draper Conference Center in an exhibit arranged by Ann Raymond.  Donations by the community may be made to WAPA with a memo for the Peace Poster Project, and sent to: WAPA, PO Box 454, New Hartford, CT 06057. 

For further information about the Peace Poster Contest for Children and Young Adults, or online entry forms, please contact Carol M. Beaudoin at:


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