Rules and Prize Information


– Posters must be 2 dimensional (up to 36″ x 36″), essays written on 8.5 x 11 paper (1000 words maximum), 1 entry per student.
– Art work should represent your interpretation of “The Art of Living Together”
– The contest is open to any Durham District School Board secondary student in Grades 9 through 12. Students can participate on their own without the participation of their school.

Posters and essays must include the student’s name, grade, school & address

Winning entries are based on grade-appropriate skill, and creativity and will be judged on message and content. Judges decisions are final. Judges include representatives of the Intercultural Dialogue Institute of Toronto and the Durham District School Board.


Prizes are awarded in both the Art and Essay component.  Entrants understand and acknowledge that it is a condition of participation that all winning artwork and essay submissions will be used in publications by the IDI and for display purposes at the Awards dinner.

There will be prizes in four areas

1.    Grades 9 and 10 Essays
Grades 9 and 10 Art
Grades 11 and 12 Essays
Grades 11 and 12 Art

In each area prizes are as follows:

First Place will receive a laptop computer
Second Place will receive an IPad
Third Place will receive an IPod Touch

All Entrants will receive a participation certificate which will be sent to their school and handed-out by teachers of participating classes.

All entries must be received by your school by March 28th, 2012.

Winners will be notified the week of April 23, 2012. Prizes will be awarded at the Award Ceremony on May 3, 2012 at the Ajax Convention Center.  Students, teachers and parents/guardians are invited to the ceremony where the students will receive recognition for their efforts in front of an audience of distinguished guests.