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Combating Hate through the Arts

Combating the elevated levels of divisiveness, prejudice, bias and hate that have emerged in our county and country is the responsibility of every community member, including students. To help our county combat hate, Montgomery County Public Schools, in partnership with the Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Montgomery County Human Rights Commission and the Committee on Hate Violence, offered an arts contest called United We Learn: Combating Hate through the Arts. This contest asked students to use art to explore issues of diversity, bias and prejudice to empower the community to combat hate. This contest is directly aligned with our core values of Learning, Respect, Relationships, Equity and Excellence


Award Event Photo Gallery / May 22, 2017

United We Learn 2017


Category-Visual Art

United We Learn




(Playlist includes all entries in this category)



(Playlist includes all entries in this category)


Category-Written Word

Elementary School Level

Middle School Level

High School Level


Contest Promotional Video


Contest winners will have their works published, printed and/or broadcast through MCPS media platforms. The top winners in each category and at each level will receive a prize.

Contest Rules:

  • To be eligible, all members of the team must be enrolled in Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Entries must be an original product.
  • Entries must be created groups of two or more.
  • Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. via the online submission form or to the main office of the students’ school.
  • A panel of selected Montgomery County and MCPS representatives will judge submissions.

Read the full contest rules 

More Information

Contact the MCPS Public Information Office by sending and email to

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