Susanne Guimbretiere won 1st Place in the Middle School category of the Make Kindness Go Viral! contest on January 27 with her “Be Kind” artwork expressing global solidarity in spreading kindness. The award was announced at the 2022 United in Kindness symposium on bullying prevention sponsored by the Tompkins County Bullying Prevention Task Force.
Susanne, a student at DeWitt Middle School, says that in creating the brightly colored globe she sought to show how people all over the world—different races, abilities, and backgrounds—are working together to spread kindness.
One judge commented that Susanne’s globe is a bold statement that leaves no doubt in the viewer’s mind as to the intent and the importance of kindness. Another judge said she loved Susanne’s saturation of colors.
Contestants were invited to submit an original poster or social media graphic, created in any art medium, illustrating kindness.
Contest awardees receive gift cards from Michael’s art supply store and heart symbols donated by Be Kind Ithaca.