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Bourbon County Community Theatre Performs Holy Mother of Bingo!

 

The newly formed Bourbon County Community Theatre performs its first production – Holy Mother of Bingo! by Patrick Walsh.

 

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2 and 3 in the lobby of the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College. The immersive murder mystery allows audience members to play five full rounds of Bingo with prizes donated by local businesses.

 

Pioneer Drama describes the show this way, “An innocent bingo fundraiser at the Our Mother of Mercy church goes awry when parishioners mysteriously drop dead!  The evidence suggests well-calculated murders, but who is to blame?  Tensions rise as everyone begins identifying suspects.  Past feuds rear their heads as the members of the parish try to state their innocence one by one.  Who could be behind the elaborate spree?  The disgruntled choir director?  The magician turned youth minister?  The ex-convict that has recently turned to the power of prayer?  It couldn’t be one of the Cookie Cadets selling their beloved cookies!  Everyone’s a suspect…  even the audience in the zany comedy that takes interactive theatre to a whole new level!”

 

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and Senior Citizens. A purchase of an entire table of 7 or 8 gives audience members a discount of $2 on each adult ticket. Tickets are at bcct.ludus.com, at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, or at the door, but seating is limited and advance purchase is suggested.

 

More information can be found on the Bourbon County Community Theatre Facebook page. BBCO Community Theatre, LLC is a non-profit community organization formed last year whose mission is to bring education, community, and culture to southeast KS through threatre.

 

The production is directed by Angie Bin along with Assistant Director Mark Bergmann.

The Artificers Newsletter for July

The Artificers In July!

Check out the calendar below for all events happening this month!

Art Opening and Reception!

July 5th, 2024 @ 6pm, Artist Talk @ 7pm

Christine’s Master Artist Classes!

Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint with oils but they have intimidated you?

Are you self taught and could use some guidance? Do you love oils but want to become

more efficient in your process? If you have answered yes to any of these questions this

workshop is for you!

Learn a more intentional approach to creating artwork using an all at once method

called Alla Prima.

Christine will break down a step-by-step process of paint application

in a simplistic and understandable way. Take the guesswork out of oil paints, I will

explain the concepts behind the methods so that you fully understand “why do oils

behave that way when I do….”

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced there is definitely something for you

because students will work on individual ideas and references.

Students will:

– Discover tricks to planning and figuring out a great composition

– Understand color mixing and paint application

– Learn open and close grisaille to create solid value groupings

– Create one final 6×8 alla prima piece incorporating everything you’ve learned

Adult age 14+ • July 6th •10am-1pm & 2-5pm

July Classes

Come into the studio from 12pm-4pm July 27th,

and Glaze all of your pre-made pieces!

Don’t Forget us For your Parties!

Bourbon County Community Theatre Announces Play Auditions

 

The newly formed Bourbon County Community Theatre is holding auditions for the first show of the season.

 

Auditions for Holy Mother of Bingo! by Patrick Walsh are from 7-8:30 p.m., June 17 or 18 in the Ellis Performing Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College. Auditions for the interactive comedy murder mystery show are open to adults and teens and no preparation is necessary.

 

Pioneer Drama describes the show this way, “An innocent bingo fundraiser at the Our Mother of Mercy church goes awry when parishioners mysteriously drop dead!  The evidence suggests well-calculated murders, but who is to blame?  Tensions rise as everyone begins identifying suspects.  Past feuds rear their heads as the members of the parish try to state their innocence one by one.  Who could be behind the elaborate spree?  The disgruntled choir director?  The magician turned youth minister?  The ex-convict that has recently turned to the power of prayer?  It couldn’t be one of the Cookie Cadets selling their beloved cookies!  Everyone’s a suspect…  even the audience in the zany comedy that takes interactive theatre to a whole new level!”

 

Performances of the show are Aug. 2 and 3 and rehearsals are approximately Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-9 p.m.

 

More information can be found on the Bourbon County Community Theatre Facebook page or by contacting the Director, Angie Bin, at 620-719-9622 or at [email protected].

 

BBCO Community Theatre, LLC is a non-profit community organization formed last year whose mission is to bring education, community, and culture to southeast KS through threatre.

 

Anyone who would like to join the community theatre or assist with the technical aspects of the play can fill out an interest form on the Facebook page or at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScExqinRjOkAVdLBVFUNDFR5q_OJG_XWlwnPbjnMApAsIAb7Q/viewform

 

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Uniontown Mural Depicts Vignettes of The Wizard of Oz and Local Books

The mural on the east side of Bandera Stone  Inc. in Uniontown.

A mural on the side of a Uniontown business makes the downtown area more attractive and pays homage to local history.

Don and Mary Pemberton own  Bandera Stone Inc., a rock quarry business in the county.

“Bandera flagstone has been quarried near Redfield off and on since the mid-1800’s and the company name Bandera Stone carries on that history,” she said.

“Bandera Stone Inc. had outgrown its office space, and needed to expand and add a showroom,” Mary Pemberton said.  She and her husband Don own the business.

“We liked this brick building on the Uniontown square and wanted to save it,” she said. ” I always planned on having a mural painted on one side as part of the remodel.”

“In March of 2023, my office assistant, Ashley, encouraged me to apply for the Rural Mural Grant awarded by the Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity to promote tourism to small communities,” she said.  “The City of Uniontown agreed to sponsor my application and we were awarded a grant that covered about 1/3 of the cost of the mural.  Bandera Stone, Inc. funded the other 2/3 of the total cost.”

She selected Danyell Miles, Fort Scott, after talking with a few artists.

“She has painted several murals around Fort Scott and Pittsburg, so I knew the quality of her work. I wanted the mural to have some local and state significance, yet be fun and a nice backdrop for selfies. The design Danyell put together is all of that!  With her mother, Flo Tanner, helping her, Danyell began painting in June 2023 and finished in August 2023, working two or three evenings each week to avoid the daytime heat.”

The artist is Danyell Miles, assisted by her mother, Flo Tanner as depicted by this sign on the mural.

“Everything on the mural has a meaning and was designed so visitors who know a little about Bourbon County, and take a few minutes to really look, will find ‘hidden’ relevance in the various elements,” she said.

“The Eagle represents the local Uniontown High School mascot; a nod to local and state aviation history is the hot air balloon and banner which is being pulled by Amelia Earhart’s airplane; Wizard of Oz characters are one of the first things most people think of about Kansas – as are tornados.  Danyell had the brilliant idea of using ‘tornado debris’ to incorporate a number of local and Kansas items: the books are all authored by Bourbon County residents,  a Missouri-Pacific railroad engine reminds that Bourbon County used to be a rail hub, a box turtle, fishing, farming, and even a windmill to signify the future.  Also prominently displayed in the debris is ‘Life in a Jar’, the UHS History Day project that inspired a book and movie and brought the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes to Fort Scott!”

Pemberton added a 3D element by making a basket that ” people can stand in when taking a picture with the hot air balloon. The colorful balloon with the Uniontown banner makes for a very nice and memorable ‘hometown’ or ‘travels’ photo.”

” Next time you are near Uniontown, stop by 103 Third Street on the north side of the park square and see the mural, take a picture, view the fossil collection in the Bandera Stone Inc. window displays and if you’d like, step inside the showroom to see the transformation of a piece of Uniontown history which most people remember as a former cafe,” she said.

 

Bandera Stone is on the square in Uniontown. The basket at the bottom of the balloon is for people to stand in for a photo opportunity.

The following local authors/books are depicted on the mural: The Greatest Test of Courage by Ronda Hassig; Historic Reflections of Bourbon County by Fred Campbell Jr. and Don Miller; Murder and Mayhem by Brian Allen; Life in a Jar; Why Did Grandpa Cry? by Cathy Werling; A Little Faith Lift by Patty LaRoche; A Kansas Sunset by Joyce Love, Our Duty by Gerri Hilgar; The Moffet Street Gang by Kay Large; Legends of Bourbon County by Judy Marshall; Fort Scott Now and Then by D. Miller, A Schofield, F. Campbell, and D. Banwart and The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks.

 

International 2024 ARTEFFECT Competition Awards: Over $26,000 Awarded to Visual Art Projects

International 2024 ARTEFFECT Competition Awards

 

20 middle and high school students recognized for visual art projects celebrating Unsung Heroes from history

VIEW THE 2024 AWARD RECIPIENTS

FORT SCOTT, KS — The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes (LMC) has named 20 winners in the 9th annual ARTEFFECT competition. The international competition invited students in grades 6-12 to explore and champion the stories of LMC Unsung Heroes—individuals who took heroic actions that made a positive and profound impact on the course of history.

Students creatively interpreted the inspiring stories of Unsung Heroes through original works of art accompanied by artist impact statements. In total, $26,250 in cash prizes were awarded to 20winners across the middle and high school divisions.

Rachel Han, an 11th grade student at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington, earned the $6,000 Grand Prize.

“ARTEFFECT is a robust opportunity for students to explore the stories of Unsung Heroes as role models as well as the power of artmaking,” said ARTEFFECT Director Dr. Toni Guglielmo. “Asstudents develop their artworks and impact statements, they also experience how theythemselves can make a positive difference by creatively interpreting and sharing these inspiringstories with others through their visual art projects.”

Han’s charcoal and pastel drawing Visions of Light depicts Unsung Hero Karl Ernst von Baer, a19th century Prussian-Estonian scientist who laid the foundation for modern comparativeembryology. Struck by Baer’s intellectual curiosity and enduring quest for knowledge, Hancreates a drawing that depicts the rigorous and wondrous nature of scientific observation. “In this piece, I wanted to incorporate Baer’s primary method of discovery, focused on theprinciples of patience and perseverance, which was through careful observation of naturalphenomena around him,” Han writes in her impact statement.

“The award-winning ARTEFFECT artworks are exceptional in their integration of the Unsung Heroes stories and artistic skills,” said LMC Chief Executive Officer Norm Conard. “Our team at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes applauds the creativity of these student champions and the excellence of their work.”

The $3,000 High School Best in Show prize was awarded to Katelyn Lowe, an 11th grade student at George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia. “As a biracial female teenager, it did not take too long to decide on Jackie Ormes as my Unsung Hero. As a self-taught artist, I was mesmerized by her artwork in the Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem comic strip and the Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger cartoons,” writes Lowe. “As the first Black woman cartoonist published in newspapers, she portrayed the actual issues of racial segregation and discrimination in real- time.” In A Woman Ahead of Her Time, Lowe incorporates Ormes’ comics as the background forstriking graphite portraits of the artist.

Winning the $2,000 High School Second Place prize was Sophia Cabalfin, a 12th grade student at San Dimas High School in California. Her watercolor painting, Blossoming of New Life, honors the story of Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, a Japanese American political activist whose advocacy and research played a fundamental role in securing reparations for fellow survivors of World War II internment camps. Cabalfin’s impact statement discusses the personal dimension of this project: “Not only did it influence my desire to want to learn more about my culture, but it also influenced my desire to become more active in Asian American activism.”

The recipient of the $2,000 Middle School Best in Show prize was eighth grade student Chuheng Lou from Jericho Middle School in New York. In an oil painting entitled  School trip to visit Dr. Helen Brooke Taussig’s portrait in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

, Lou imagines a future where Dr. Helen Taussig, the founder of pediatric cardiology, is commemorated in the art on display at a major museum. The research process did not just help Lou learn about Taussig’s advancements in cardiology; the artist’s impact statement notes: “[Taussig’s] story also inspired me and taught me about perseverance and how important it is to help others.”

Jordyn Sledge, an eighth grade student at Ida B. Wells Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, Mississippi, won the $1,000 Middle School Second Place prize for   Heartstrings Unraveled. The mixed-media artwork celebrates Unsung Hero Dr. Vivien Thomas, whose personal relevance to Sledge informed the creative process. Thomas changed the medical field through transformative work in cardiovascular surgery despite being unable to earn a formal medical degree and having his research go uncredited by other surgeons who depended on his findings. “The story of Vivien Thomas is one that speaks to me because my mother is an African-American doctor and my sister is working to be a physical therapist,” Sledge writes. “Neither of them would have been able to attain these positions if not for the work of Dr. Thomas.” Sledge used a host of materials and processes—including painting, embroidery, and woodburning—to assemble a multifaceted portrait of this inspiring individual.

Four students received a $1,000 Spotlight Prize. Benjamin Gu, a sixth grade student from Kerrisdale Elementary School in Vancouver, Canada, won a Spotlight Prize for   Finding Links from Tracks, a Kandinsky-inspired mixed-media portrait of astrophysicist Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin.

Lambert High School ninth grade student Cailyn Yoon of Suwanee, Georgia, received the award for Shadows of War, a graphite drawing inspired by the story of Chester Nez, one of the “First Twenty-Nine” Navajo Code Talkers in World War II.

An Unwavering Spirit—painted by 11th grade student Sarah Kang from Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey—depicts the story of educator and civil rights advocate Autherine Lucy Foster.

Elizabeth Jennings Graham, also an educator and civil rights activist, was the inspiration for  My Right to Ride, an acrylic painting by 10th grade student Cailyn Choi of Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington.

From a highly competitive pool of finalists, eleven other student artists received a $750

Certificate of Excellence in recognition of the superior aesthetic and conceptual quality of their submissions.

Certificate of Excellence awardees Kelly Kullman and Moheb Asimi, both members of the Savannah Arts Academy 2024 graduating class, selected ichthyologist Dr. Eugenie Clark and

Islamic Golden Age mathematician Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi as the inspiration for their respective projects. Kullman’s etching, “Squalus clarkae”, depicts Dr. Clark engrossed in her fieldwork studying a shark. In Asimi’s mixed-media work, Completing the Square, al- Khwarizmi stares up at a golden square in the sky, “watching his own mathematical treatises successfully unfold before his eyes, surrounded by a large audience who also watches alongsidehim in awe while the rays cast a shine on their clothes,” reads Asimi’s impact statement.

Two California 11th grade students also earned Certificates of Excellence for their artworks:

Hannah Yee from Anaheim’s Esperanza High School and Callie Lonowski from Brea Olinda High School. Yee’s drawing, Sword of Injustice, explores the life of Corky Lee, a Chinese American activist who documented the lives of Asian American communities through his photographs.Lonowski’s Residing Within the Stars: Eugene Shoemaker is a colorful mixed-media portrait that depicts significant moments in astrogeologist Gene Shoemaker’s life.

In crafting A Hero Holding A Syringe Not a Gun, Minjae Kim, an 11th grade student at North London Collegiate School Jeju in South Korea’s Jeju Province, uses graphite and watercolor to reflect on the heroic life of Eugene Lazowski, a doctor who saved 8,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Sister Matylda Getter, a Polish Catholic nun who saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, inspired Dyne Kim, a 10th grade student from Seoul International School in Seongnam-si, South Korea, to render Getter’s heroic acts with gouache and graphite in In The Arms Of Hope.

Alyssa Knapper, an 11th grade student at Coweta High School in Oklahoma also earned a Certificate of Excellence for an artwork inspired by a WWII hero. Knapper interpreted the life of

Irena Sendler, who saved 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, through a mixed- media sculpture entitled Jar Of The Known Truth. Evelin Jimenez—a Claremore High School 11th grade student in Oklahoma—looked to Elizabeth Catlett, a Black and Mexican American artist, for inspiration. In Sculpting Justice, Jimenez pays tribute to the colors, materials, and social justice advocacy that shaped Catlett’s career.

Certificate of Excellence winner Jewel Feng uses watercolor to paint Sir Nicholas Winton – The Man with 6,000 Descendants, which celebrates Sir Nicholas Winton, the Jewish children he saved during the Holocaust, and those children’s current and future descendants. Feng, an 11th grade student at Jericho High School, is the second student from Jericho Union Free School District to win a 2024 ARTEFFECT award. San Dimas High School, another learning community with two 2024 ARTEFFECT awardees, is the school of 11th grade student Vanessa Hoyt, who was recognized for Martin A. Couney’s Show, an acrylic portrait of an Unsung Hero whose life-saving advancements in neonatal technology were displayed in carnival and amusement park sideshows.

Jimin Lee, an 11th grade student from Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon, was also awarded a Certificate of Excellence for The Voice That Broke Them Free. Lee uses a blend of colored pencil, digital drawing, and digital collage to craft a poignant portrait of Kim Hak-Sun, a South Korean survivor and advocate who broke the silence surrounding the issue of “comfort women,” speaking out about the sexual enslavement of Korean women by the Japanesemilitary during World War II.

The ARTEFFECT judging panel consisted of LMC’s executive leadership as well as visual arts experts at the Skirball Cultural Center, CalArts, Museum of Ventura County, and ArtCenterCollege of Design. Award winners receive cash prizes and their projects showcased on LMC’s website, listed along with their sponsoring teachers. Award-winning artworks are displayed in LMC’s Hall of Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas, and will be featured in future exhibitions.

The next ARTEFFECT competition will open for submissions in November 2024. Visit the

ARTEFFECT website for more information.

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About ARTEFFECT: Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

Established in 2016, ARTEFFECT is an expanding arts education initiative that includes an annual

student art competition, professional development offerings, and exhibitions. ARTEFFECT invites

learners and their communities to engage with the stories of the LMC Unsung Heroes—

individuals who took heroic actions that made a positive and profound impact on the course of

history. These diverse stories span the centuries and cut across multiple disciplines including

STEAM, social justice, the environment, wartime history, and education. Each year, hundreds of

students in grades 6-12 from around the world build their creative and critical thinking skills by

crafting visual art submissions for the competition. Launched in 2023, the ARTEFFECT

Ambassadors online fellowship offers a learning community for educators who are committed to

fostering the visual arts through teaching and learning around the stories of the LMC Unsung

Heroes. The yearlong fellowship provides professional development and curricular resources to

support Ambassadors in deepening their instructional practice and completing a capstone

project in their classrooms and communities. The ARTEFFECT initiative affirms the message that

one person has the power to make a positive and profound difference in the lives of others.

Connect with ARTEFFECT on Facebook and Instagram.

Catholic Church Reno Update: Help Needed To Fund Artifacts Restoration

Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. May 22, 2024.

The Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church has risen from the ashes of the devasting fire that destroyed the church in August 2022.

To view the story of the fire: Fire at Fort Scott’s Catholic Church Causes Extensive Damage

People are working on the inside and the outside of the building at 705 S. Holbrook, with a target date for the church dedication of November 23, 2024, a week before Thanksgiving.

“The bricks are completed on the east (front) side,” Mark McCoy,  a building committee member, said.

“It’s a lot of intricate work, not just plain bricks,” he said. “The circle in the front will be where the stained glass window from the former church will be.”

“Over the next few weeks, subcontractors will be working inside placing drywall, and completing HVAC runs,” McCoy said. “Masonry will continue brickwork on the west side then move to the north and south.”

 

Work is being done on the exterior and interior of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. On the construction fence is an artist’s rendition of what the new church will look like.

 

The Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church priest’s residence is on Holbrook Street on the backside of the church.
“Father Yancy’s house is completed,” McCoy said.
Meanwhile in Wichita, the restoration of the religious artifacts that were damaged is continuing.

The Restoration of the Artifacts

When Robert Elliot, a Catholic from Wichita, heard of the fire at Mary Queen of Angels Church in Fort Scott, he contacted Fr. Yansey Bergis to offer help and assistance in any way he could.

Elliot is a seasoned restorer with over two decades of experience, he said.

“It was apparent that I would be of the most help in rebuilding, restoring, and refurbishing all of the damaged and destroyed Stations of the Cross and all of the Statuary of the church,” Elliott said. “The fire, water, and smoke damage was enormous. I knew this would be a long and arduous process estimating at least one year to complete.”

Some of the artifacts of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, following the fire, provided by Elliot.

“Four stations were damaged beyond repair (so one might think) as they lay in pieces on the ground,” Elliot said. “The rest were out of view and we had no idea as to their condition. The insurance company needed a price to do the repairs. Without seeing all of the stations, I provided a modest calculation of what the cost would be. It was my desire to assist the church in its time of need.”

“He wasn’t able to analyze all the depth of restoration or the artifacts at that time,” McCoy said. “We are so appreciative of the work he has taken on.”

When all of the stations and statues arrived at his studio, they were able to assess their condition and begin to comprehend the immense task they had undertaken, Elliot said.

“Over the year we used all of the money allocated to the project to cover the cost of labor, materials, studio rent, insurance, and labor,” he said.

Some of the workmen on the artifacts at Elliot’s workshop in Wichita, were provided by Elliot.

“I have been using funds from my personal retirement account to pay the workers and the expenses for this project since the first of the year,” he said. “We have made great progress on the project since we started a year ago, but we have a long way to go. At the very least, four to six months more.”

“It is impossible to illustrate the amount of time and detailed labor involved in bringing each of the twenty-one religious artifacts back to life so to speak. At present we have generated a little over $6,000 of the $65,000 we need. The deficit, I will have to bear alone,” Elliott said.

A GoFundMe account is set up: https://gofund.me/15feea23

“Our goal is to generate the additional monies needed to complete this important work to a high degree of excellence and craftsmanship it deserves,” Elliot said.

Here are the artisans currently working on the project:

Mary Francis Skinner, Kathy Faulkner, Dan Ochs, Michael and Hector Ibarra, Gabe and Matan Umbarger, John Suffield, Jane Clark, Ian Snyder and Eliot who is the coordinator, logistics, art director, restoration and repair, quality control, recasting the destroyed frames, and painting the statues and stations.

 
“We are always interested in finding skilled persons willing to offer their services,” he said.

The Artificers June Events

The Artificers in June!

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Kids Art Camp | Art in Japan

June 24th – 27th • June 28th Art Show-Off

Sign up for Kids Art Camp Here

June Classes

Come into the studio from 12pm-4pm June 22nd,

and Glaze all of your pre-made pieces!

Click Here to Join in the Fun!

Don’t Forget us For your Parties!

Call Here to Set Up a Time!

The Artificers Newsletter for May 2024

The Artificers in May!

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Encore from

Jill Williams: Watercolorist!

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 Two exciting Classes!

Watercolor Landscape

Watercolor Landscape Clinic

For experienced beginners and intermediate watercolorists, Jill will lead you step by step into the anatomy of a landscape, establishing a strong composition, and using value & visual textures to create depth, space, and emotive impact. You’ll also learn to capitalize on the characteristics of your pigments and to serve your painting by maintaining loose, fresh brushwork. Join Jill for this half day workshop to develop new techniques and skills while creating 2 beautiful landscapes. Supplies are included!

Learn More

May Classes

Come into the studio from 12pm-4pm May 25th,

and Glaze all of your pre-made pieces!

Click Here to Join in the Fun!

Don’t Forget us For your Parties!

Call Here to Set Up a Time!

The 2024 Gordon Parks Museum to feature Poetry Contest

 

Fort Scott, Kan. April.17, 2024 – The Gordon Parks Museum at Fort Scott Community College, will feature a poetry contest sponsored by poet and Fort Scott native, Helen Townsend and Trabar & Associates. The theme of the contest is “What Fills Your Hungry Heart?” This contest is inspired by a quote from Gordon Parks, “I’ve lived a lot, worked a lot, and smiled a lot. And I will cling to all of those blessings until my hungry heart is hopelessly exhausted.”

 

This is open to any emerging poets who have not yet been published in a book. Poets are invited to capture the essence of the theme.

 

Emerging poets of any ages and skill level are invited to write a poem for this contest and may enter up to one poem. There will be a first place ($200), second place ($150) and third place ($100) prize and up to five honorable mentions. Winners will be announced at the Gordon Parks Celebration. All poems submitted will be on exhibit during the 21st annual Gordon Parks Celebration on Oct. 3 – 5, 2024. All Poems will also be posted on the Gordon Parks Website and Facebook page.

 

Judges for the poetry contest will be Traci Brimhall, Kansas Poet Laureate and Kansas State University Professor and Annette Hope Billings, Poet from Topeka, Kansas.

 

Poems must be submitted via e-mail to [email protected]. Poems are limited to one page. All entries should be typed and submitted as a word document only. Attachments (including pdf’s, pictures, google docs., etc.) are not accepted. Type or ‘copy and paste’ your poem into the body of your email. Poets should submit poem in with the title, their name, address, email, and phone number. If under 14 years old please include parent’s information. Poems should be received via email by Wednesday, September 18, 2024 at the latest.

 

For more information, email [email protected] or by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850.

“An Ode to White Rice, Ketchup, and Heuvo Frito.”, by Zian Butler Perez, Manassas, VA – 1st place winner in the 2023 Poetry Contest. The theme was: “Family, Home and Roots”.

 

 

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