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Faith leaders seek art to express hope, solidarity

The Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience (FLLC) of Eastern Washington and North Idaho invites artists from the sixth grade to adults to enter its first “Celebrate Curiosity” art contest, said Gen Heywood, pastor of Veradale UCC and convenor of the Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience group coordinating the “Heart Interventions” contest.

Inland NW faith leaders respond to hate with an art contest.

The contest arose out of grieving violence against Temple Beth Shalom by someone painting graffiti on the exterior and a Holocaust monument, and the recent murders of Asian women in Georgia and shoppers in Colorado.

“We want to lift up our common humanity while breaking through apathy and helplessness,” said Gen.
FLLC was looking for something to do in addition to vigils, statements and legislation to reach into “the heart of our communities,” she said.

Contest judges will choose one color graphic image to put in windows of businesses and homes, on social media, signs, merchandise and other media to share the message that people of Eastern Washington and North Idaho “Celebrate Curiosity” through solidarity, inclusion, advocacy, accountability and truth.

Entries must be received by Wednesday, May 12, and a virtual awards ceremony is planned for Thursday, June 10.

The goal is for the graphic to communicate that “all people, all religious and non-religious people, all those whose ancestors were the first on these lands and those new here, all genders, skin tones, sexual identities and differing abilities are connected, respected, supported and valued,” Gen said.

The top winner’s image will be used by Faith Leaders and Leaders of Conscience for publications, letter heads, social media and other outlets.

FLLC members have contacted teachers to spread the word and contacted several locations about having an exhibit of the entries.

They are thinking of a music contest for winter.

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Pacific NW United Church of Christ Conference News © April 2021


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