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The National Park Service is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016.  To prepare for the next century of Service, the National Park Service and its partners have committed to A Call to Action, including “fostering civil dialogue about the stories of the civil rights movement” and “showcasing the meanings of parks to new audiences” through arts.  For more information on A Call to Action visit

Young artists are encouraged to creatively explore the relationship between their own expression of freedom and: the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War; the struggles of the American Civil Rights movement; and a path to freedom and equality reflected in a national park service site.

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support an enrich all 397 national park sites across the country.

The mission of the African American Experience Fund is to connect all Americans to the role of African Americans in our nation’s history by raising funds and supporting partnerships and programs at national park sites that celebrate and tell the story of African American history and culture.

The National Park Service is charged with providing for the preservation of parks “in such a manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the submittal deadlines: Submissions will be accepted between September 1, 2012 - October 15, 2012.

Where do I send my submittal: All submissions will be accepted online via  beginning September 1, 2012.

What are the awards/prizes: 1st place winners in each category will receive $2,500 in scholarship award. 2nd place winners in each category will receive $1,000 in scholarship award.

Participation requirements: Participates must be between the ages of 13-18 and a legal resident of the United States.

When will participants be contacted if they have won: Participants will be contacted via email or phone by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation between December 1, 2012 – January 31, 2013.

Where can I get more information about the contest: For more information visit  or

If I win where will my entry be shown or displayed: Winning entries may be displayed on the National Park Service and National Park Foundation websites, official offices and parks sites, as well as, other public locations, visitor facilities and museums.  Any entry may be used the National Park Service and National Park Foundation in websites, publications and other display materials.