Letter from our Education Department

Dear Educators and Students,

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, located on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati, Ohio, is proud to announce the 2017 Picture Freedom Art Contest. The National Underground Railroad 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. We ask your students to create an artwork representing what freedom means to them. We hope that by encouraging students to participate in this contest, they will become passionate advocates for freedom and equality today.

By drawing connections from the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement, to the modern day fight against slavery, the Picture Freedom Art Contest offers 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.

Students that submit an entry to our judging panel 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 4th-12th place winners will each receive $100. The top three (3) artists will receive airfare and accommodations to attend the exhibition’s grand opening in July 2017. Additionally, the top three (3) artists will receive an award of $1,000 for 3rd place, $2,000 for 2nd place and $3,500 for 1st place. We will begin accepting entries April 10, 2017 through June 9, 2017.

Please review the attached documents for the official rules, regulations and entry form, or visit www.freedomcenter.org/picturefreedom for more details. We encourage you to share the contest’s details with other educators or students that may be interested in this opportunity.

Thank you for considering the 2017 Picture Freedom Art Contest.

Warm Regards,

Tara Riley
Manager of Educational Initiatives
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 

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