The National Park Service, in partnership with the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund, has launched Expressions of Freedom, a nationwide artistic competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“The issue that was at the heart of the Civil War – the continual struggle for equality for all – remains relevant today,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service. “This contest encourages young people to reflect on their own personal meanings of freedom and creatively express those thoughts.”
Contest submissions will be accepted from students 13-18-years-old in three categories: photography, poetry and digital short films. The first place winner in each category will receive a $2,500 academic scholarship, and the second place winner will receive a $1,000 academic scholarship. Deadline for entries is Oct. 15. Details are available at nps.gov/freedom.