84 million acres of inspiration!

The Statue of Liberty’s shackles and feet. Image courtesy US National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument

The National Park Service has announced a student art contest which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The nationwide competition, called “Expressions of Freedom,” is open to students ages 13-18. Students may submit work in three categories: photography, poetry, and digital short films.  The contest’s organizers hope it will encourage students to contemplate freedom while connecting them to the significance of the American Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the system of national parks that commemorate events associated with the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. New York City’s students will have plenty of inspiration: We are home to countless parks, monuments, and historical sites which are among the 84 million acres of land maintained by the National Park Service–you can search for a site close to you here or get inspiration from our most iconic monument – see hints above and below.

For more information on the competition, click here.

Statue of Liberty, ca. 1935-41. Image courtesy WPA – Federal Writers’ Project, accessed online via Municipal Archives, New York City Department of Records

Find archival images of New York City at the Municipal Archives’ image database, maintained by the City’s Department of Records.

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