Calendar Event

Picture Freedom Awards Ceremony

Saturday, August 11, at 1:00 p.m.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 E Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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. 

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will hold a ceremony to honor the 2018 winners on Saturday, August 11 from 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The 2018 grand prize winner is Ava Davis of Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, Mississippi, winning a $3,500 scholarship award for her piece “Happy Without Restraints”. The second place winner, Ashley Platt of Lakeside High School in Ashtabula, Ohio wins a $2,500 scholarship award for her piece “Terminus”. Finally, third place winner Sidney Posey, of Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio is awarded a $1,000 scholarship award for her piece “Labels”. Hotel, flight, and 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 thru twelfth will receive a $100 scholarship. Those winners 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.

Event Date: 
Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:00pm