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  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts Picture Freedom Awards Ceremony Saturday, Aug 11

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    August 02, 2018
    Contact: Will Jones
    (513) 333-7558
    (513) 288-4834
    wjones@nurfc.org
     
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    National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Hosts Picture Freedom Awards Ceremony Saturday, Aug. 11

    Scholarship Recipients to be Recognized for Art Contest Sponsored by Toyota
     
    CINCINNATI, OH (August 2, 2018) – The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center has announced the winners of the fourth annual 2018 Toyota Picture Freedom Art Contest and will hold a ceremony to honor the participants on Saturday, August 11 from 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Picture Freedom Art Contest is a nationwide student art competition sponsored by Toyota that challenges students to create works of art capturing America’s struggle for inclusive freedom and equality, drawing connections from the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights Movement to the modern day fight against slavery.

    "It is an honor to recognize the winners of this contest and see how the next generation perceives equality and inclusiveness in art,” says Christopher Miller, Director of Education for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. "It is through their work that we are inspired to continue in the ongoing fight for freedom for everyone." 

    The grand prize winner of the contest is Ava Davis of Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, Mississippi, winning a $3,500 scholarship award with her piece “Happy Without Restraints”. The second place winner, Ashley Platt of Lakeside High School in Ashtabula, Ohio wins a $3,500 scholarship award with her piece “Terminus”. Finally, third place winner Sydney Posey, of Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio is awarded a $3,500 scholarship award from his piece “Labels”. Hotel, flight and food accommodations are also included for the top three winners to visit Cincinnati for the opening of the Picture Freedom exhibit which will showcase their work through February 2019. Contestants who placed fourth and after will receive a $100 scholarship. Those contestant are:

    Ronnia McKenzie
    Fly! Fly! Fly!
    Cincinnati, OH.

    Bianca Pearson
    Chained Freedom
    Cincinnati, OH.

    Mariza Diaz
    Fate Free All
    Winton Woods High School
    Cincinnati, OH.

    Jack Sewell
    Release
    Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex
    Jackson, MS.

    Danyang Yue
    Straddled
    Indian Hill High School
    Cincinnati, OH.

    RJ Engleman
    Black Lives Matter
    Winton Hills High School
    Cincinnati, OH.
     
    Princess Dyer
    I Am Me
    Winton Hills High School
    Cincinnati, OH.

    Desmond Young
    Eternal Freedom
    Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex
    Jackson, MS.

    D’Andre Warren
    Untitled
    Virtual High School
    Cincinnati, OH.

    The 2018 Toyota Picture Freedom Art Contest awards ceremony recognizing the Picture Freedom finalists is this Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The 2018 Picture Freedom Art Contest is sponsored by Toyota. This event is included with general admission and open to the public. Visit freedomcenter.org for more information.

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    About National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
    The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, more than 1.3 million people have visited its permanent and changing exhibits and public programs, inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom. Two million people have utilized educational resources online at freedomcenter.org, working to connect the lessons of the Underground Railroad to inform and inspire today’s global and local fight for freedom. Partnerships include Historians Against Slavery, Polaris Project, Free the Slaves, US Department of State and International Justice Mission. In 2014, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center launched a new online resource in the fight against modern slavery, endslaverynow.org.