Artist of the Month: Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Posters submitted by students from McCourt & North Cumberland Middle Schools, the Cumberland Boys & Girls Club, and the Teen Center at the Cumberland Public Library are on display at the library for the month of December. The exhibit is the result of the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Cumberland/Lincoln Lions Club. “The Future of Peace” is the theme of this year’s contest. The artwork is available to be viewed any time during the library’s regular business hours. 
Shreyaan Sett, age 11, a sixth grader from the Library’s Teen Center; Minal Faheem, age 13, an eighth grader at North Cumberland Middle School; and Briana Landry, age 13, a seventh grader at McCourt Middle School were selected from the twenty-eight submissions in Cumberland to move forward to the state level of the competition. The contest was open to young adults between the ages of 11 and 13 years.
“2017 has been a year of change and challenges across the nation that have allowed people to think critically about their impact in society, and to consider how decisions and actions can result in a rippling effect over communities and peoples' way of life. Even so, there is hope for a better, and ever-changing future thanks to the teens around the world, starting within our own community. With awareness and consideration towards benefiting the greater good of a community as a whole, our teens are striving to create a future where peace is more than a concept to envision,” said Felicia Gminski, the library’s Young Adult Services Assistant, when looking at the submissions.  
The posters on display were among more than 400,000 entries submitted worldwide in the contest, which emphasizes the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. “The winning posters will advance through the district, multiple district and international levels of competition become the international grand prize winner is declared,” Aaron Coutu, the organizer of the Cumberland Lions poster contest said. “It is exciting to see that the number of local participants continues to increase each year. Our club, which covers both Cumberland and Lincoln, is cheering for our local poster winners to advance in the competition, and we hope that their vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world,” Coutu adds.
Joyce Neves, president of the Cumberland/Lincoln Lions, said she was impressed by the expression and creativity of the participants. “It is obvious these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I’m so proud we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”
Founded in 1951, the Cumberland Lions Club is a group of good hearted men and women who like to volunteer their services to help those less fortunate in the community and around the world, providing them with food, clothing, eye glasses, hearing aids, seeing-eye dogs, disaster relief assistance, and much more.
For more information about the exhibit or the contest, please contact Aaron Coutu at 333-2552 x128 or Area artists interested in booking a future exhibit may also contact Coutu.