Contest Description

The Voices & Visions™ program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, in conjunction with HGF’s PJ Library® program, invited children ages 7 to 12 from across the U.S. to make a drawing, painting, or collage expressing their idea of Tikkun Olam – making our world a better place.

The children's "visions" were inspired by the "voice" of Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, who wrote:
"When you see something that is broken, fix it. When you find something that is lost, return it. When you see something that needs to be done, do it. In that way, you will take care of your world and repair creation. If all the people in the world were to do so, our world would truly be a Garden of Eden." (Eyes Remade for Wonder: A Lawrence Kushner Reader, Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998)

Four artist-educators - M. Chava Evans, David Wander, Lenore Cohen, and Yona Verwer – judged the entries. Each of the twelve top winners won an iPad®.  Their posters appear in a gallery on this page, and can be sent as special e-cards. A mural displaying the work of the runners-up also appears on this page.

Thank you to the many children who participated in the Make-a-Poster Contest 2012.
And remember: Make-a-Poster, then Go Out and Change the World.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation is best known for its PJ Library® program, through which 100,000 children receive free high-quality Jewish children's books each month, thanks to a unique partnership between local Jewish communities and HGF. For more information about PJ Library, visit

HGF's Voices & Visions demonstrates the power of art to communicate important ideas - no matter the age of the artist.