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‘The Kindness Pandemic’: An ISKCON-wide Contest for Young Artists
By ISKCON News Staff   |  May 15, 2020

While the coronavirus is spreading throughout the world, luckily for us, so is kindness. Even though they are physically restricted in their movement, people find ways to reach out, express appreciation to and care for one another. They sing together on balconies to cheer each other up; they leave bags of groceries at the doorstep of the sick, or the old; they clap for the healthcare workers serving at the frontline; distribute free food to the police and sanitation workers who  maintain order and keep things clean for us, or, they leave chalk drawings with encouraging messages on the sidewalk for us to see when we occasionally venture out to get some fresh air. 

These simple, little acts of kindness warm our hearts, help us cope with our struggles, and make us feel that we are not alone, but truly belong to a larger community. 

These simple, little acts of kindness are powerful, cathartic, and could change our lives forever.

ISKCON News is calling young artists, aged 3-18, to recognize and capture these little acts of kindness around them and turn them into an artwork. 

Choose an art form from the list below and create a piece of art relating to how people help each other and spread kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the requirements. 

Drawing or Painting

  • it could be on canvas, or paper,
  • he size should be at least 7’’ x 11’’,
  • it should have a title,
  • take a good quality photo of it. 


  • it could be hand drawn, painted, or could use digital elements,
  • it should have a textual part, delivering a positive message,
  • if your piece is not digital, take a good quality photo of it.

Mixed Media Art

  • it should use at least 4 different elements (like paper cuts, staples, painting, stings, glued on objects etc),
  • it should use at least 4 different techniques (like cutting, gluing, writing, drawing etc.),
  • it should have a title,
  • take a good quality photo of your work.

Photo Essay

  • it should include at least 5 original photos, taken by you, capturing acts of kindness,
  • each photo has to have a title or a caption,
  • the photos are nicely organized in a keynote or powerpoint presentation, then exported to pdf. 

Short film

  • it should be at least 2 min. long,
  • it could be an observational film with no interviews, only short texts,
  • but you could also film yourself, or do interviews,
  • it should be nicely edited,
  • has to have a positive message.

Comic Strip

  • at least 4 pages,
  • good characters and story structure,
  • could be based on real-life, or you could make up your own story,
  • nicely drawn,
  • could be colored or black & white,
  • it should have a positive message,
  • take good quality photos of your work.

Poetry or Essay

  • it should have a positive message.


With your submission please include the following information:





Title of your work:

Art category:

1-2 sentence artistic intention:


Submission deadline: June 15th, 2020

Email to:

The submitted art pieces will be judged by experts. All accepted pieces will be published internationally on ISKCON News.

The best pieces will get prizes.


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