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Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition

Waldman International 2021-2022

Each year, the Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition invites middle and high school students from the Pittsburgh region and from two partner regions–Karmiel-Misgav in Israel, and Warsaw in Poland–to submit their themed arts and writing pieces in a judged competition to win scholarship prize money and meet creative students from around the world.  This year the competition will run January-April 2022, with winners selected and announced May 2022. The theme for this year’s competition is Resistance and Resilience.

We are excited to share with you a new format for the Waldman International Arts and Writing competition!  This year, you – the teachers and students – will have the opportunity to be recognized in our three rounds of judging, eligible for three levels of prizes, including our grand prize – dinner with a Holocaust survivor! To get ready for the competition, please view our new Waldman Toolkit and Instruction Booklet.

What’s new this year? This year, one “teacher sponsor” from each participating school will host “Round 1” of judging, selecting up to 12 students in your school as finalists to be submitted to the Holocaust Center for “Round 2 – regional” and “Round 3 – grand prize” judging.  This differs from years past, as students had previously submitted their work independently, and schools did not have a limit to the number of entries submitted. We look forward to this opportunity for schools to celebrate student accomplishments at both the school and regional levels. 

To sign up as a sponsor, please fill out the form below! If you have any questions regarding the competition, please reach out to

Submit School Finalists Once you’ve submitted to be a school sponsor in the below form, you can proceed to fill out the following School Finalist Submissions. The deadline to submit school finalists is February 28th, 2022.

Important Dates

December 1, 2021 – Teachers can begin registering as “teacher sponsors” by using the Google Form.

January 10, 2022 – Teacher sponsors can begin submitting the art and writing pieces of their school’s student winners for Round 2 consideration using the Google Form.

February 28, 2022 – Final day for teacher sponsors to submit their school’s finalists for Round 2 consideration.

March 1 – March 31, 2022 – Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh judging period.

April 15, 2022 – Up to six “Round 2” winners and one Grand Prize winner of the 2021-2022 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition will be announced as part of the Holocaust Center’s Genocide Awareness Month programming.

May 2, 2022, 7pm – Award Ceremony (Hybrid virtual and in-person event)

Virtual Gallery of 2020-2021 competition winners