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NYU Metro Center’s Voices in Urban Education (VUE) Hosts Student Art Contest for Fall 2023 Issue


Voices in Urban Education (VUE) Art Contest

Norm Fruchter with his copy of VUE

Theme: Chasing Equity: Fighting for Justice in New York City's Schools

Guiding Questions:

  • What does justice look like for you in schools? 
  • What do you need to succeed in school?

Respond to one or both of these questions through your art.

These questions are inspired by the legacy of Norm Fruchter. Fruchter, a brilliant researcher, author, and radical thinker, mentored and influenced hundreds of educators and organizers over the many decades of his career. Mr. Fruchter was a lifelong change agent, wholly committed to empowering families to recognize their community-based visions of public schools.

Norm Fruchter’s work as a public school advocate covered many topics and platforms. He had vast knowledge about movements for justice, schooling, and racial equity. In this issue of VUE, we will highlight a selection of his writings he shared through NYU Metro Center’s blog. Norm was an accomplished writer who regularly expressed his brilliance and commitment to anti-racism through his blog posts, many of which can be found on the NYU Metro Center website. He wrote extensively on the passion’s of his life, education, equity, and reform. Norm’s blog posts covered a host of topics, including access to higher education, non-traditional schooling, connecting to legacies of racial justice movements, community involvement in schools, school segregation, and school funding.

Submission Guidelines

Student art submissions should be shared as high-resolution images of at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch). This resolution ensures the integrity and quality of the image throughout the journal production process. 

Entries will be judged by a select group of jurors on the VUE Editorial Board on their execution of the theme, artistic merit, design, originality, technical excellence, and content.

One student artist will receive an award valued at $150 and will have their art included as the cover art for the 1st issue of the 52nd volume of VUE. Additional awards valued at $50 will be given to student artists whose art is included in the issue. 

Submit your artwork and any questions to

All submissions must be received by Friday, September 1st, 2023. In the submission email, please include your name, the title of your piece(s), and a 1-3 sentence description of your art. 

Voices in Urban Education (VUE) is a journal that brings together a wide range of individuals who are impacted by and impact education. Each issue considers a specific topic related to education.