2019 Kappy Family Anne Frank Art & Writing Competition Banner

The goal of the Kappy Family Anne Frank Art & Writing Competition is to educate students about the Holocaust, engage them through Anne Frank’s profound story, and empower them to move from thought to action using creative expression. The students that step up and seize the opportunity to enter this competition will practice what it means to work toward bringing about the changes they would like to see in the world.

Over the last two years, we received more than 400 entries from more than 40 schools in Oakland and Macomb counties. This year, our goal is to build on that success and expand the Competition to more students and more schools throughout Michigan.

See the 2017 and 2018 winners!

The theme for our third annual competition is The Power of Change.

We invite all eligible students to create a written or artistic response to the following quotation from Anne Frank’s writings:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to change the world.”

Three winners from each of the following categories will be honored at an award ceremony and gallery opening on June 12, 2019:

Painting | Drawing | Photography | Poetry | Fiction | Non-fiction

Entries will be accepted between January 2 and March 8, 2019.

Competition Divisions:
• 7-8th grade students
• 9-12th grade students

Open to students in:
• Oakland, Macomb & Wayne counties
• Classes of ALL teachers that have participated in HMC teacher training programs

Prizes will be awarded to winning students and to the teachers of first place winners.

For additional information or other questions, please contact Aliza Tick at competition@holocaustcenter.org or 248-553-9617.

Why Anne Frank?
Anne Frank’s diary is one of the most widely read, relatable, accessible, and profound works of literature. Anne Frank was a young girl hidden in Holland during the Holocaust. She was the same age as the students invited to participate in this Competition, which makes her diary relatable to them. Anne’s diary is a good entry point for studying the Holocaust because it humanizes the victims by providing a glimpse into the lives of Anne and her family before, during and after the Holocaust.

We know what Anne Frank looked like. Her image humanizes the victims of the Holocaust in a way that no other Holocaust artifact can. We know about her life before she went into hiding; we know her private thoughts, feelings, and struggles; and we know how her life came to a tragic end. We also know about her family and friends, the helpers who risked their lives to protect them, and the perpetrators and collaborators whose hatred and indifference caused harm and destruction to millions.

Why Art and Writing?
In addition to providing one’s private and personal information, a diary also reveals the writer’s willingness to explore and express ideas. By inviting students to enter their art and writing into this competition, we are asking students to open their eyes, hearts, and minds to learn lessons from the Holocaust and to channel their learning into creative expression. This Competition provides students a space to meaningfully reflect, and gives voice to their thoughts, opinions, and ideas.


Flyer (PDF) | Entry Form | Rules & Guidelines (PDF)