Original artwork created by Minnesauke Elementary School fourth-grader Ava Bavlnka was selected for showcase during this year’s Dr. King Children’s Essay and Fine Arts Display in Albany.
Ava’s drawing was of Dr. King embracing the Earth with the saying “Everything that is done in the world, is done by hope.” The piece also included the words “love, hope, peace, loyal, unity, kindness, respectful and stand strong” surrounding the shape of a heart.
Annually, this contest receives more than 4,000 submissions from 240 schools statewide. Entries include student essays, drawings, painting, sculpture and photography based on Dr. King’s six principals of nonviolence. Selected pieces are played on display on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza in Albany for one week prior to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
According to the state’s website, the event is hosted to encourage students to learn more about Dr. King, his nonviolent philosophy and its application to current issues as well as empower students to pursue change through nonviolent methods.