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Emancipation Proclamation Poster Design Competition Launched by DCCAH and DC Lottery Board

Friday, August 31, 2012

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in partnership with the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board, will be launching a poster design competition to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The competition deadline is Friday, September 21, 2012.

“We’re proud to partner with the DC Lottery on this competition that highlights the executive order which freed enslaved persons and forever changed the course of history for this country,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “We look forever to seeing amazing artworks submitted by DC artists that will play a tremendous role is this city’s recognition of such an important period in time.”

The artwork should be an original piece and representative of the African-American experience and the theme “Emancipation.” The poster will be printed at 24” x 36” and will feature an original poem by DC’s Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick as well as historical and educational content provided by a local historian. The work should be sensitive to the target audiences of DC Public Schools, DC Public Libraries and DC government agencies.

The competition is open to professional artists living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, aged 18 years and older. The finalist will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium, and will maintain ownership and copyright of the design concept.

For more information on the competition, please contact Keona Pearson with the DCCAH at (202) 724-5613 or [email protected].