QUAD CITIES (April 2, 2019) — 

All 25 entries for the Holocaust Visual Arts Contest are now being displayed at the Moline Public Library (3210 41st St, Moline, Illinois) until April 16, and then the entries will be at Rutabaga Art Studio in Geneseo, Illinois.

Please stop by and see the amazing works of our local students.

2019 Winners of "The Meyer and Frances Shnurman Holocaust Visual Arts Contest" are as follows:

First Prize: Veronica Macias, Creative Art Academy  whose painting is entitled "Hands of Holocaust". Nominating teacher is Heidi Hernandez.

Second Prize: Laman Hanifayeva from Mercer County High School, whose painting is entitled "DON'T" ****. Hanifayeva is an foreign exchange student from Azerbijan. Nominating teacher is Tara Guidinger.

Third Prize: Marley Nees from Sudlow Intermediate School, whose drawing is entitled "Humans Not Numbers". Nominating teacher is Heidi Hernandez.

The winning cash prizes are as follows:

First Prize: $500, with a $100 gift card to a local art supply store for the teacher who provided guidance. Second Prize: $200, with a $50 gift card to a local art supply store for the teacher who provided guidance. Third Prize: $100, with a $50 gift card to a local art supply store for the teacher who provided guidance.

In addition, there were four entries that received Honorable Mention: Jacqueline Vernon, Sudlow Intermediate School; Anna Stivers, Morning Star Academy; Kayla Santiago, Home Schooled; and Abigail Stivers, Morning Star Academy. These four students each received a $25 gift card.

Each student that entered the contest received a letter of thanks.

"We are thrilled that there were 25 entries in the fifth year of the contest," said Allan Ross, Executive Director of The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities. "The entries again were overall so excellent, that it was very difficult for the judges to make their decisions."

The judges were Rowen Schussheim-Anderson from Augustana College and Rob Lipnick from Scott Community College.

All entries will be displayed at the annual Yom Hashoah Remembrance Program which will be held this year on Sunday, May 5, 6:30 pm at Temple Emanuel, 1115 Mississippi Avenue, Davenport.

Details and the application for this contest for next year are available online at www.jfqc.org or www.hecqc.org. For more information, contact the office of the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cites at 309 793-1300 or aross@jfqc.org.     ● Yom Hashoah, or Days of Remembrance, is observed as a day of commemoration each year for the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust. While it is primarily observed by Jews, it is by no means an exclusive commemoration, as witnessed by the community-wide event held here in the Quad Cities.

● The Quad Cities Yom Hashoah Committee is made up of community leaders of various faiths and organizations, and is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, Tri-City Jewish Center, Churches United, Augustana College, St Ambrose University, and Black Hawk College. The Committee helps us all remember the Holocaust not simply because it is a Jewish tragedy, but because we believe the world must not be allowed to forget that twelve million innocent human beings, six million of them Jews, were murdered by the Nazis. Yom Hashoah seeks to ensure that a crime of such proportions will never be allowed to happen again. We keep the memory of the Holocaust alive to guard against the wanton destruction of any people.   ● The visual arts contest bears the name of Meyer and Frances Shnurman who were both survivors of Nazi extermination camps.   ● Quad City Arts (www.quadcityarts.com) is a nonprofit local arts agency dedicated to the growth and vitality of the Quad City region through the presentation, development and celebration of the arts and humanities.   ● The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities (www.jfqc.org) is a non-profit, 501 c (3) Illinois corporation whose mission is:  Preserving, protecting, enriching and enhancing Jewish communal life and the well-being of Jews locally, in Israel and throughout the rest of the world, through the principles of Torah (Jewish learning), Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Tzedakah (charity and justice), and Chesed (caring and compassion).

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