Young Artists for Peace

MACRO Contest Winner
A 7-year-old Maryland Judiciary program encourages elementary and middle school students to promote peacemaking through their art. When the Judiciary’s Conflict Resolution Day Student Bookmark Art Contest is held each fall, the lobby of the Courts of Appeal building becomes an art gallery for several weeks, filled with hundreds of colorful bookmarks based on the theme of resolving or preventing conflict. The contest has grown in popularity each year, and this past year, a record-setting 1,209 entries were received – more than double last year’s tally.

Prizes ($75, $50 and $25) are awarded for first, second, and third place in three age groups: grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Some of the winning bookmarks are printed and used to promote conflict resolution across Maryland.

Chief Judge Robert M. Bell has hosted the yearly reception that honors the students and their families at the Courts of Appeal Building in Annapolis as part of the Judiciary’s observance of Conflict Resolution Day in October.

The contest is organized by the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO). For more information, visit MACRO’s website,, or contact Alecia Parker, 410-260-3540, or  

Bookmark in lobby of COA