February 13, 2019     

Aida J. Ramírez
Director Human Rights Commission
(812) 376-2532 


The Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce the 2019 J. Irwin Miller Art Contest and the Benjamin M. King Essay Contest. Each year, we provide students with historical context and a foundation upon which they can express themselves by creating an original work of art or composition of an essay. This year’s theme is “You Belong in Columbus.”

One winner will be selected for both contests in the following divisions: Division 1: Grades 5 — 6

Division 2: Grades 7 — 8

Division 3: Grades 9 — 12

Students are invited to enter the art contest or the essay contest or both.

A panel of volunteer judges will anonymously select the winning entries for both contests in each division. Winners will receive a $100 award, an award-winning book, and complimentary tickets to the Human Rights Commission’s Annual Dinner.  Details about the dinner will be forthcoming.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Volunteer judges are also needed to judge the art and essay contests. Please contact the Human Rights Commission office by Monday, March 18, 2019 if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information visit our website contest/ or contact the office by phone at (812) 376-2532 or email at