Students of the Central District, what have guns done to your community, and what would a CD without gun violence be like?
The city is looking for your thoughts, which they will then turn into pieces of art using the steel from guns purchased during a recent gun buyback event.
This is all part of the Weapons to Words program, funded with the help of Chihuly Studio and Schnitzer Steel. Deadline to enter is June 7.
Weapons to Words is a program for students in Seattle sponsored by the Office of the Mayor and Office of Arts & Culture in cooperation with Chihuly Studio and Schnitzer Steel that encourages a violence free future for Seattle. Metal upcycled from guns recovered from Seattle’s gun buyback program will be tuned into plaques featuring quotes from Seattle students.
Students are asked to submit quotes that signify what gun violence in their community means to them, and what we can do to stop it. This program encourages kids to think about clear, simple actions and attitudes that they can take to contribute to the elimination of violence in schools and in our city. A panel convened by the Office of Arts and Culture will select one entry per school to be engraved on a publicly displayed installation designed by Chihuly Studio.
This contest is open to students in the City of Seattle in grades 1-12. One winner per school will be selected by a panel of judges. Entry deadline is Friday, June 7th. More information about the contest, including rules, eligibility and participation requirements can be obtained online at seattle.gov/WeaponsToWords. You can contact [email protected] or 206-615-1446 with any questions.
We’re asking students to think about what gun violence in their community means to them, and what we can do to stop it. What would a Seattle free of gun violence be like? How can we get there? How would life for young people in our city be different without fear of gun violence?
- The contest is open students in the City of Seattle in the 1st through 12th grades.
- Contest submission must relate to the contest topic.
- Contest submission must be 50 words or less.
- Contest submission must either be your own original work or you must clearly cite and attribute the work of others.
- All submissions become the property of the City of Seattle. This includes the rights to edit and to publicly publish the essays at the contest sponsors’ discretion.
- Submissions containing language that in the opinion of the contest sponsor is abusive, threatening or otherwise inappropriate will be discarded without further consideration.
- Submissions must be submitted using the official contest website at seattle.gov/WeaponsToWords
- Students must receive the consent of a parent or guardian to participate in the program.