11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration to feature contest for High School students
Fort Scott–The Gordon
Parks Celebration, scheduled for October 2-4, 2014, at Fort Scott Community
College, will feature a Poetry, Essay, and Photo Remake contest this year. This event is sponsored by the Bourbon County
Arts Council and is open to any area high school student. Entries are due by September 22 and the
contest rules are available on the website: gordonparkscenter.org.
“We have done this contest for several years and had great results. There’s a lot of talent in our area high
school students and we want to give them the opportunity to nurture their
writing and photography talents just like Gordon Parks did,” said Jill Warford,
Gordon Parks Center Director.
For the contest students may submit either a poem, an essay, or, a photo
remake project. “This is something new
that we saw on the internet where a student takes a photo and re-creates the
image. So if the photo was “American
Gothic” by Gordon, they would have to re-stage the scene and take a photo of
their own that re-creates the original image.
We give them three photos of Gordon’s to pick from,” Warford said.
Those three photos include “Emerging Man,” “Fashion,” and “Norman, Jr.
Reading in Bed.” (Photos available on
Recognition will be given to
between 10 and 15 students for their poem/essay/remake photo. The student and their teacher will be invited
to a luncheon on Friday, October 3 and each student recognized will receive a
poster of Gordon Parks, a Certificate of Accomplishment and a copy of Mr.
Parks’ autobiographical novel, The Learning Tree. All winning entries will be on display at the
Gordon Parks Celebration.
“We have emailed area
teachers the contest information and hope that we have good participation in
this year’s contest. For those creative
students this is a way for them to show their talents,” she added.
anniversary Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website www.gordonparkscenter.org.
Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events are on sale now at the Gordon Parks
Museum and at the Country Cupboard. For
more information contact the Center by email at email@example.com
or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850 or see the website.