"Art must be an expression of love." -Marc Chagall
In October 2020, the HRIC launched a campaign that invited students in grades 6-12, who reside in Danvers, to create a symbol that the Danvers community could identify as a sign of unity, acceptance, and comradery. It is a true testament to the character of the participating students to have received so many thoughtful, creative entries.
Alexis, Grade 6 - FIRST PLACE
Maddie, Grade 11 - SECOND PLACE
Sadie, Grade 6 - THIRD PLACE
"I am the oldest of four, and like to set an example for my siblings. When I'm not in school I enjoy playing tennis, softball, swimming, biking, dancing, making short films, and doing arts and crafts. I love this idea, and I enjoy it when everyone is included."
Antonella, Grade 7
"My name is Antonella. I am in the seventh grade and I love to draw and play soccer. I chose to make this piece because LGBTQ and Black lives matter, and I want people to start treating people the way they want to be treated."
Bria, Grade 7
Michael, Grade 8
Anonymous, Grade 6
"I am a sixth grade student at Holten Richmond Middle School. I love being creative. I have a younger brother and an older sister."
Shayan, Grade 8
"I am participating in this contest because I like to do something hard. I like to challenge myself. I also like to draw."
Anonymous, Grade 10
“I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Danvers community in a helpful way. When I saw the chance to do this I was inspired to make people more aware and accepting of everybody around them. As I said, there is treasure in everyone and more people need to realize that. I hope my design will spread recognition that the may varieties of people in this town are important.”
Erica, Grade 8
“My name's Erica, and I wanted to show diversity and acceptance in my bumper sticker."
Gianluca, Grade 7
“My name is Gianluca, and I will become 13 on November 23. My family and I are Italian, and Italian was my first language. I love to travel to Italy almost every summer to visit family. I lived in Danvers since I was born. I believe every kind of person should be accepted and equal, which is why I took part of this contest.”
Keegan, Grade 7
Jake, Grade 7
“My name is Jake. The reason I am entering is because I thought it was a great opportunity to show people that I can draw and maybe even win the prize.”
Matt, Grade 6
"I enjoy creating artwork and thought this would be a great way to show my talent, support and involvement in the community."
Abigail, Grade 7
Abby, Grade 7
"My name is Abigail and I'm 12-years-old. I'm in the seventh grade at Holten Richmond Middle School. I chose this for my bumper sticker because it shows that everyone is different. It is a little plain but it is very meaningful. Everyone is different and unique, even identical twins. To me the word 'different' means be you. Think about it - if everyone on this earth looked the same that would be so weird. So be different!"
Taylor, Grade 6
"I chose to make the bumper sticker and enter it into the contest because I think all people should be equal. People are people no matter the color or gender. Also, all people should be loved equally."
Anonymous, Grade 7
"My inspiration was the BLM protests. Seeing some white and black people come together meant a lot to me and inspired me to make this."
Lucia, Grade 6
"I am a sixth grade writer and artist and my inspiration was to have a bumper sticker that shows support for the LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, and people of all backgrounds.”
L.H., Grade 6
"My name is Lydia, I am in the 6th grade and I like doing art. I have always loved doing art. When I was 9 I entered in a school event for literacy week. For the week you would make a book and if your book was chosen you would read it to the whole school, and I represented 3rd grade! I love llamas and for a medium I usually use pencil and paper then go wild with colors. In my opinion I am the best at drawing made-up people.”
Lorena, Grade 8
“I am a 13-year-old girl. My parents are immigrants who came from Brazil and immigrated here for a better future for themselves, my family and I. I have grown up speaking both English and Portuguese in my home. Diversity is very important to me because if there were more people who looked like me represented in moves, books, etc. I could’ve believed in myself more.”
Katie, Grade 12
"I entered this contest because promoting diversity and equality is very important to me. I believe everyone should be treated equal. I hope whoever’s bumper sticker wins shows a great message to the Danvers community.”
Caitlin, Grade 8
"I enjoy nature and painting. I painted it all by hand. I gathered all the rocks and leaves from my yard. I think we should all realize that we are all the same."
Samantha, Grade 6
"My name is Samantha and I am a sixth grade student at HRMS. I love art! I believe that everyone should be accepted and included. A person's race, religion, gender, beliefs etc. should not matter. We are all equal and in this world together!"
Noelle, Grade 12
Olivia, Grade 6
Willow, Grade 6
“I have always loved art so very much. I draw all the time. I draw after school, in school, and sometimes during Zoom meetings! I started to get more serious about art when COVID-19 started because I had way more time for it! My mom would buy me so many notebooks and I’d have them all filled to the top within a week! She would buy me so many sketchbooks but instead of using them I would use regular paper because I would think that the paper in the books was too good to use up! Now, I have gotten my little brother and my little sister to draw more! Not only do I draw, I also love to play basketball and dance ballet!”
Tess, Grade 10
"My name's Erica, and I wanted to show diversity and acceptance in my bumper sticker."
Camila, Grade 8
AnnLauren, Grade 11
“The first step towards change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. Creating this piece, there were so many things I wanted to do with it. Overall though, I really wanted to represent all these different people from different backgrounds coming together to make a community. I really wanted to represent that love grows from acceptance, and we must accept and love each other, because we are the world. Without one “puzzle piece” from the world I created, the world wouldn’t be whole. Every single group represented is important, and there are many more not in the piece that are equally as important. Love is the ultimate coach. Let love guide you and teach you.”
Bella, Grade 7
“My inspiration for this piece is equity, inclusivity, equality, and how people should not be judged by the color of their skin, their religion, their gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.’ -MLK Jr.”