Juneteenth Creative Arts Showcase

The Bloomington Human Relations Commission in partnership with the McLean County History Museum and the Bloomington Normal Black History Project invites students to participate in the 2021 Juneteenth Creative Arts Showcase.  We are excited to offer an opportunity for our students to express themselves through their creative talent and help tell the story of the resistance, recognition, and reclamation of African American history.

Recognition & Awards
Students can earn a cash award if selected. Also, during the week of the 2021 Juneteenth Celebration, the entrants and winners will be showcased during our virtually hosted events scheduled from June 14th –June 19th!


Students are invited to participate in the showcase by submitting an original work of their choice such as poem, song, artwork, essay, dance, musical performance, etc. that connects with one of the prompts provided.

Submission Due Date:  April 30, 2021

Below are the topics of discussion leading up to our Virtual  Juneteenth Celebration.  Using  Your Artistic expression submit an entry that speaks to you!  We encourage students to be creative and expressive.

Monday, June 14th -   The Motherland 
Tuesday, June 15 -      Land of the Free (Emancipation Proclamation)
Wednesday, June 16-  "Free for Real This Time" Reconstruction to Jim Crow  
Thursday, June 17 -     Demanding Freedom (The Struggle - Major Court Case)
Friday, June 18 -         Voters Suppression (Expression, Effective Change & to the Polls)
Saturday, June 19 -      Where Do We go From Here 

3 Age Categories. Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Submissions will be judged and showcased during the 2021 Juneteenth Celebration and cash awards will be presented to the top entries for each age category

Student Information

Parent or Guardian Information

I grant permission for my child (listed above) to submit an entry for the Juneteenth Showcase *
Do you grant permission to allow your child's submission to be shared electronically for the purpose of promotion associated with Juneteenth? (This may include press releases, website display, etc.) *

How to submit an entry

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