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Justice Through Art: Change Agents Banner Contest

An annual tradition, SASF summer camps hosting visual arts programming participated in the annual ICAHN Stadium Track and Field event’s banner contest.

What is the banner contest exactly? “Each banner will clearly display theme, use color, show creativity, allow for the young artistic minds of the group to all contribute, will be unique and most of all will show site spirit! Each site looks to shine and take ownership and pride in their creation. Whether they place or not all the banners get to be shown in the parade around Icahn where each site get to hold their banner as they walk to display their hard work and represent their site & SASF. This is creative visual imagery at its best for SASF summer camps!,” said Michelle Durante, Director of Arts. Each site is equipped with a 6 x 4 foot banner and other art materials. The creativity is left to the group. What’s the catch? The winning banner must reflect this year’s camp theme: Change Agents – Taking Care of Our Environment using one of the below identified traits:

  • Justice: Fair treatment – for everyone – as global citizens.
  • Awareness: Knowledge and being aware of what is happening around you and in the world.
  • Unity: Acting together for one goal.
  • Action: The process of doing something for a purpose.
  • Change: To make or become different.
  • Voice: A means by which something is communicated.
  • Reflection: Thought or deep consideration.

Students can explore a few or select one but before they choose, students must have a clear understanding of what each trait means.

At the two-day event, guest judges selected winners in the following four categories:

Winners for Session 1:

3rd Place for Outstanding Imagination and Champion of Color: IS 381K


2nd Place for Outstanding Imagination and Strong Theme Representation: MS 308K


1st Place for Outstanding Imagination, Champion of Color, Best Teamwork & Strongest Theme Representation: IS 285 K

Session 2:

3rd Place for Outstanding Imagination and Strong Theme Representation: MS 384 K

2nd Place for Outstanding Imagination, Champion of Color & Strong Theme Representation: JHS 151 X

1st Place for Outstanding Imagination, Champion of Color, Best teamwork & Strongest Theme Representation: PS 111 M

Winners for Session 3 was announced by New York Knicks Alumni John Starks:

3rd Place for Outstanding Imagination and Strong Theme Representation: PS 21R

2nd Place for Champion of Color, Best Teamwork & Strong Theme Representation: PS 309K

1st Place for Outstanding Imagination, Champion of Color, Best Teamwork & Strongest theme representation: CS 134X

The goal of each visual arts activity is to teach leadership skills and inspire creative thinking. Throughout the camp season, skills will build upon one another, as students explore themes through a variety of art media.