The Gordon Parks Museum announces a photo contest for
residents of Bourbon County called “A Day in the Life of Fort Scott’s Working
World.” On Thursday, March 14, photographers are invited to take photos of
people at work in Fort Scott and/or Bourbon County. The photos should be taken on March 14 only and submitted by
March 22 for consideration in the contest. Participants may view the contest rules on Facebook under “A
Day in the Life of Fort Scott’s Working World,” or on the Gordon Parks Museum
page. Winning entries will become part of a The Way We Worked exhibit in May
that will be hung in the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus. There are
also prizes for the winning photographers.
Photographers of all ages and skill levels will be invited
to take pictures for the project. The
photographs, all taken within the 24 hours of March 14 will capture the essence
of everyday working life in Fort Scott – from workers preparing for the day or
carrying out the many tasks it takes to get the job done. The project photographically visualizes
the worker in an ordinary day.
“This photo contest is a great way to recognize Fort Scott’s working
world, and showcase amateur and professional photographers from the area,” said
Jill Warford, Museum Director.
“Our hope is that we will have many unique and interesting photos
submitted by photographers of all ages.”
This contest and exhibit will be
held in conjunction with a Smithsonian traveling exhibit called “The Way We
Worked.” The Gordon Parks Museum was chosen as a partner site and grant
recipient for the Kansas Humanities Council’s Smithsonian
Traveling Exhibition which explores the stories of America's workers and invites us to consider how
the workplace and workforce have changed over time.
The stories of the American worker will be told by
the 15 Kansas museums, historical societies, and libraries; in the
southeast Kansas area, the full exhibit will be at the Miner’s Hall Museum in
Franklin, KS from May 11 to June 23, 2013.
For more information or to be a photographer for the “Day
in the Life” project contact the Museum at 223-2700, ext. 5850 or by email at