Picture Freedom: A Message for Educators and Students


Dear Educators,

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with sponsors proudly **censored** the 2014 Picture Freedom Art Competition. The Freedom Center’s mission is to reveal stories about freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps towards freedom today. As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we ask your students to create an artwork about what freedom means to them. We hope that by encouraging students to participate in this competition, they will become passionate advocates for freedom and equality today.

By drawing connections from the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement, the Picture Freedom Art Competition oers a unique opportunity that challenges students to reflect upon the rich and historical heritage of the fight for freedom and human rights. We encourage students to create original works of art; drawings, paintings, or photographs that convey their own vision of freedom and equality today. While it is not required, works of art can be inspired by freedom fighters, events, or places that resonate with the student’s vision. Students that submit an entry are eligible to win these prizes. The top twelve (12) artists will have their work displayed in the upcoming Picture Freedom exhibition at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The top three (3) artists will receive airfare and accommodations to attend the exhibition’s grand opening in February 2015. Additionally, the top three (3) artists will receive an award of $1,000.00 for 2nd place, $2,000.00 for 1st place and $3,500.00 for the grand prize.
Please review the attached documents for the ocial rules and regulations, or visit www.freedomcenter.org/picturefreedom for more details. We encourage you to share the competition’s details with other educators or students that may be interested in this opportunity.

Thank you for considering this unique opportunity.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Clarence “C.G.” Newsome, Ph.D.

President, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center