(Utica, NY- May 2013)  The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is holding a World Refugee Day Student Poster Contest. The contest is open to all students and will be judged by grade level with prizes awarded. The best entries will also be displayed at the Barnes and Noble in New Hartford during June of this year. The deadline for the 8.5″ by 11.5″ original posters is May 25, 2013 with one entry allowed per person. Entries must have a label attached in front of it indicating the artist’s name, school, and grade.

In addition to the Student Poster Contest, MVRCR is launching a photo contest “Mohawk Valley Supports Diversity.” Photos must be taken in the Mohawk Valley and showcase how our community has adapted and embraced diversity. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.mvrcr.orgor obtained at MVRCR at 309 Genesee Street, Utica, NY between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays. Photos must be 8″ by 10″ and framed. The contest is open to anyone and prizes and winners will be announced on June 20, 2013 at the World Refugee Day celebration taking place at the DeSales Auditorium. Form and framed photograph can be dropped off at MVRCR by May 31.

All entries become the property of MVRCR and will not be returned.

Observed worldwide, World Refugee Day raises awareness of the plight of refugees. Utica’s World Refugee Day provides an opportunity to learn about the cultures of ethnic groups who have settled into Utica and surrounding areas and hear their stories. The event is a realization of many cultures, one community – the mission of MVRCR as it calls to support refugees and immigrants who have made a new home in our community.

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees promotes the well-being of culturally diverse individuals and families within the region by welcoming new neighbors, refugees and immigrants, and by providing individual and community-centered activities designed to create opportunity and facilitate understanding.

 For further information, please contact Thalita Bovo at thalitab@mvrcr.org.


By martha

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