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Gordon Parks Museum announces “The Way We Worked” Photo Contest

3/13/2013
Gordon Parks Museum announces “The Way We Worked” Photo Contest

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 gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu.

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