We will be accepting applications for the 2023 'Day Without Violence' Calendar Contest beginning in late January through Friday, April 20, 2022.
Ailani Valencia – 10th Grade, Ponte Vedra High School
We will be accepting applications for the 2023 ‘Day Without Violence’ Calendar Contest beginning in late January through Friday, April 20, 2022.
Contest winners will receive special recognition during a St. Johns County School Board Meeting, and have their artwork displayed at a local art gallery, throughout the month of October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Student artists and poets can drop off their submissions at the following locations:
- Betty Griffin Center Thrift Shoppe locations at 445 SR 13 North, St. Johns, Florida (corner of Race Track Rd. and SR 13) or 1961 A1A South, St. Augustine, Florida
- Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, Florida
- Hastings Branch Library, 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, Florida
- Main Library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida
- Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library,101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
- Southeast Branch Library, 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, Florida
- Anastasia Island Branch Library,124 Sea Grove Main St., St. Augustine Beach, Florida
To be eligible, artwork must be in color and able to be reproduced at 8 x 10 and suitable for framing (horizontal format only). All original 2D media is acceptable. The theme “A Day Without Violence” must be reflected in the art or words. An entry form must accompany each piece of art. Download the 2023 Contest Application here.
Any businesses or other donors interested in sponsoring the printing of the calendar should contact contest coordinator Kenlie Kubart at 904.808.8544, extension 207, or email [email protected].
We also want to thank Hartley Print (formerly The Hartley Press), which sponsored the printing of the 2022 calendar!
Danica Klir – 8th Grade, Freedom Crossing Academy
Last year, judges helped Betty Griffin Center go through hundreds of entries from students in the St. Johns County School District to select winners in the 2022 Day Without Violence Art and Poetry Calendar Contest.
The agency received more than 1,000 art and poetry entries.
The project was open to all St. Johns County students in kindergarten through 12th grade, whether they attended public school, private school or were home-schooled. The number of entries vary each year, depending on the number of students that participate. First-place winners will receive $50, second-place winners receive $25 and all students receiving honorable mentions receive $10 each.
Student artwork was showcased at the opening of the First Friday Art Walk in St. Augustine Art Walk in October and displayed at the Crisp Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College throughout October to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Last year’s judges were local artists Annie Kiyonaga and Nancy Hamlin-Vogler, along with Kathe O’Donnelly, the local arts administrator with the St. Johns Cultural Council.
The judges selected the winning entries based on their effectiveness in conveying a positive impression of peacefulness and cooperation, artistic merit, originality, diversity of images (race, gender, age, ability, etc.) and geographical diversity within St. Johns County.
All 13 winning artists and poets, along with eight other previous poetry winners, had their work reproduced in the Betty Griffin Center ‘A Day Without Violence 2022 Calendar.’ The agency prints more than 3,000 calendars for distribution throughout the county.
Hartley Print sponsored the printing of the calendar, so please support them should you have the opportunity.
In addition to reaching students through the calendar contest, Betty Griffin Center also provides community/school presentations and education as part of its mission to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
Last year, the center provided trainings and workshops, both virtually and in person, to select St. Johns County Schools.
First Place – Ailani Valencia – 10th Grade, Ponte Vedra High School
Second Place – Danica Klir – 8th Grade, Freedom Crossing Academy
Creekside High School
Katerina Andersen- 11th Grade
Natalie Hopwood- 9th Grade
Hanna Glatz- 10th Grade
Gwynn Williams- 10th Grade
Grace O’Malley- 11th Grade
Fruit Cove Middle School – Lyla Kohl- 8th Grade
Freedom Crossing Academy – Alexandria Drdla- 8th Grade
Palm Valley Academy – Juliette Weber- 4th Grade
Mill Creek Academy – Kayla Shoemaker- 7th Grade
Ponte Vedra High School – Hollis Lane- 10th Grade
Pacetti Bay Middle School – Marie Jimenez- 7th Grade
First Place – Evie brown- 4th Grade, Home School
Second Place – Jack Reid – 6th Grade, Home School
Mill Creek Academy – Ainsley Forga – 7th Grade
Fruit Cove Middle School – Gabriella Dutton- 8th Grade