Day Without Violence 2020 Calendar Contest

Accepting Submissions for the 2020 ‘A Day Without Violence’ Art and Poetry Contest

Betty Griffin Center (BGC) is accepting submissions from St. Johns County Students for the 2020 A Day Without Violence Art & Poetry Contest through March 31.

This project is open to all St. Johns County students in kindergarten through 12th grade, whether they attend public school, private school or are home-schooled. The number of entries vary each year, depending on the number of students that participate. Last year, there were more than 1,200 entries.

Prizes are awarded for the winners, who are selected by a group of independent artists:

  • 1st Place — $100.00
  • 2nd Place — $50.00
  • 11 honorable mentions will be presented $25.00 each

The winners will receive special recognition during a St. Johns County School Board Meeting, and have their artwork displayed at the St. Johns County Administration Building located at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, throughout the month of October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

All 13 winning artists and 12 poets will have their work reproduced in the Betty Griffin Center ‘A Day Without Violence 2019 Calendar.’ The agency prints more than 3,000 calendars for distribution throughout the county.

Click here to open, print and fill-out the registration form!

Drop-off locations include:

  • 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.

For more information, email or call BGC Event Coordinator Kenlie Kubart at 904-808-8544.



Thanks to the students in St. Johns County who took part in our 2019 Day Without Violence Art and Poetry Contest…and Congratulations to our 2019 Winners!


First Place – Blakely Vogelmeier (4th Grade) – Ketterlinus Elementary School

Second Place – Alli Luytjes (4th Grade) – PVPV Rawlings

Olivia Duque (9th Grade), Megan Lui (10th Grade) and Ragen Westfall (11th Grade) – Creekside High School

Francesca Chalfoun (8th Grade) and Ayushi Elhence (8th Grade) – Fruit Cove Middle School

Grace Christoforo (8th Grade) and Lani Dail (8th Grade) – Pacetti Bay Middle School

Lauryn Edel (7th Grade), Lucy Harry (7th Grade) and Danielle Wachala (8th Grade) – Valley Ridge Academy

Masie Slaughter (1st Grade) – Liberty Pines Academy


                              POETRY WINNERS

First Place – Nia Howard (12th Grade) – Bartram Trail High School

Second Place – Hannah Nierenhausen (11th Grade) – Bartram Trail High School (second)

Geethika Kataru (11th Grade), Victoria Rachal (10th Grade), Julia McQuaig (12th Grade), Madison Gross (11th Grade), and Rebecca Jaeger (12th Grade) – Bartram Trail High School

Dalil Khan (7th Grade), Alex Calabro (7th Grade) and Brighton Hardeman (7th Grade) – Fruit Cover Middle School

Gabrielle Edwards (2nd Grade) – Ketterlinus Elementary School

Anthony Bismi (7th Grade) –Valley Ridge Academy

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.

Also, a special thanks to our contest judges: Dr. Nadia Ramoutar, Director of Enlighten Productions, LLC and professional public speaker, writer, educator, artist, entrepreneurial leader and film maker; and Ann Kiyonaga-Razon, a poet, painter and yoga teacher who holds a master’s degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The work of the winning students will be published in the calendar and distributed to every classroom in St. Johns County this fall.

Their work will also be exhibited at the Flagler College Crisp-Ellert Art Museum throughout October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

The students will also be honored during an award ceremony to be held at the School Board meeting in October.

Any businesses or other donors interested in sponsoring the printing of the calendar should contact the Betty Griffin Center at

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 more than 4,000 people with information and conducted more than 250 presentations.

Purchase our 2019 Calendar Now!

Our 2019 A Day Without Violence Calendar is now available for purchase for $5 at either of our Betty Griffin Thrift Shoppes — located at the Anastasia Square Shopping Center in St. Augustine (at the corner of SR 312 and A1A), and at Julington Square (just off State Road 13 in the Wal-Mart Shopping Center).

Flip through the 2018 calendar below.