About the Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest
Atlantic Institute believes that the students today are our future for tomorrow, and we love to see so many young minds eager to spend their time and energy to increase awareness for our global and local - or glocal - challenges. We are greatly motivated by witnessing the creative works of those students.
Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest is affiliated with many educational institutions including the UN Alliance of Civilizations, State Departments of Education, and local universities. With their help, we are able to create an opportunity to accelerate the progress towards cross-cultural reconciliation and cooperation by engaging our youth at an early age.
The contest challenges middle and high school students to submit either/or both art and essay compositions based on a yearly humanitarian theme. The contest was first organized by the Istanbul Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 2006. In addition to Georgia, this contest has spread to the southeast region of Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. All essay entries are submitted online while artwork is either mailed directly to the branch offices or to specificed drop-off locations.
2006 - 2007 Making Sense of Others
2007 - 2008 Respect for Human Dignity
2008 - 2009 Alliance for Civilizations
2009 - 2010 Who is My Neighbor?
2010 - 2011 Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes
2011 - 2012 1 Billion Hungry in the World: What's your Role?
2012 - 2013 The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions
2013 - 2014 Connecting Cultures in the Digital Age: How does Social Media Change the Future of Our World?
2014 - 2015 Kindness Without Borders: Open Eyes, Open Hearts in Our Global Village
2015 - 2016 Ten Days, Teen Weeks, Ten Months, Ten Hours: What Can YOU Accomplish?
The 2016 - 2017 theme is: Compassion in Action... Caring Matters!
No other generation has experienced the fast-paced growth we experienced today. We move around so quickly from one part of our day to the next, that we often neglect to add compassion to our lives to serve our global and local community. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, has put forth the idea that “Compassion is a Verb,” compelling us to explore how we can each cultivate compassion into our daily lives and the lives of others. Just a bit of kindness to one another every day goes a long way! What can you do to put a little bit of compassion back into this world? How will it change you and change the world we live in if we practiced a little daily compassion?
Who We Are:
Atlantic Institute is a non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia whose goal is to facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures around the globe. For a better world of peace and understanding, we would like to develop public awareness for diverse cultures, beliefs, traditions, and opinions. With our branches in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina, we have been able to dedicate our efforts and resources for building cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue.
Atlantic Institute was established in 2012 as a derivative of the Istanbul Center. The Istanbul Center has been promoting dialogue, respect, and cooperation in the community since its foundation in 2002. Now, Atlantic Institute has taken over Istanbul Center’s programs while the Istanbul Center continues to focus its efforts on community service activities with its new name of Istanbul Cultural Center.
Through a wide range of activities that bring local community members from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, we seek to proactively contribute to educational, cultural, social, and humanitarian issues in our community. We believe in the power of personal interaction and communicative dialogue as they are the best channels to build mutual understanding, trust, and harmony for a peaceful world.
Atlantic Institute is a non-profit civic organization that provides various academic and educational platforms to promote diversity in our society. We are significantly influenced by the teachings and writings of Mr. Fethullah Gulen who emphasizes the importance of education, dialogue and understanding in cross-cultural engagement. These universal values are esteemed by many previous scholars and leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rumi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This gives us hope and motivation that we can find common denominators as the global citizens of the world.