Barbara George Art & Writing Project

An annual art and poetry contest was created in 2003 to inspire children and youth to communicate their experiences with the California Court System. The contest, sponsored by, the Administrative Office of the Courts, Judicial and Court Operations Services Division, Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC) was later named in honor of Barbara George, in recognition of her longstanding support of the project. The Barbara George Art and Poetry Contest generated a library of images that serve as lasting reminders of the courts’ commitment to children and youth.

The Barbara George Art and Poetry Contest has generated a library of images and text that serve as lasting reminders of the courts’ commitment to children and youth. We hope that more children and youth will add their artistic expressions.

The inaugural theme for the Barbara George Art & Writing Project, “My Dream for the Future,” recognizes 1963 as a significant point in U.S. history that forever changed the legal and social landscape of our nation.  The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation are events being nationally commemorated. 

Our goal is to reach a variety of children and youth who have experience in the court system. This exciting art collaborative will be an ongoing effort and select submissions will be displayed at various CFCC sponsored trainings and events throughout the year as well as on the Judicial Council of California website. Selection of art and written entries for display will be based on originality/creativity, presentation, and representation of the theme.

The submission deadline for the current theme is Friday, March 28, 2014. Future themes will be announced throughout the year.

We hope that you will post the flyer and encourage participation in the contest. Please feel free to photocopy the flyer and distribute it to any person or groups who may be interested in participating.

Barbara George Art & Writing Project Flyer

Theme: MY DREAM FOR THE FUTURE”
(Children and youth are encouraged to participate)

Deadline: March 28, 2014
Send artwork via mail or email. Please Note: Artwork will not be returned.

Mail-In Submission:
Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial and
Court Operations Services Division
Center for Families, Children & the Courts
455 Golden Gate Ave., 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 865-7677
Attn: Danielle McCurry

Email submissions: cfcc@jud.ca.gov
Subject Line: “Barbara George Art & Writing Project Submission”

Children and youth are encouraged to submit original art of any kind (e.g. photography, collage, painting or drawing) and original essays and poetry (e.g., haiku, rhyme, or limerick).  Topics can include family members, friends, heroes, hobbies, personal values, places, or other areas of the youth’s life. Entries may be related to court experience or any context that reflects the participants’ experiences either in the court system, the foster care system, or more generally as it relates to their families, friends, or communities.

Art:
Photography, collage, painting or drawing. Any form of art that can be scanned and emailed.

Writing:
Poetry & Essays – 2 page maximum

Submission Information (all must be included):
  • Original art, poetry, or essay
  • Writing        
  • Title of the piece
  • Child/Youth’s name (last name and contact information will be kept confidential)
  • Age
  • Email
  • Address
  • Phone number

Recognition!

Each submission will receive a certificate of participation. Select submissions will be displayed at CFCC sponsored events and trainings throughout the year as well as on the California Courts website.

Submission Form (please submit one with each entry)

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