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Kentucky Derby Museum announces Black Heritage in racing community art contest

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — In continuation of its efforts to build the new Black Heritage in Racing exhibit and experiences around Black voices and stories, the Kentucky Derby Museum invites the community to enter a juried art contest and exhibition, centered around horse racing and the Black experience in Louisville.

The Black Heritage in Racing Community Art Contest is open to all adults 18 years of age or older, who reside in Kentucky or the southern Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington. Members of the BIPOC community (Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color) are especially encouraged to enter.

All art submitted is eligible for several cash prizes, sponsored by Derby City Gaming. The Grand Prize award includes a cash prize of $2,000.

Selected art will be displayed at the Kentucky Derby Museum and its community partners: the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, KMAC Museum, Louisville Free Public Library, and the Muhammad Ali Center.

  • Interested artists should consider the following questions as they create artwork for the contest:
  • How have Black Americans shaped or experienced the sport of horse racing in Kentucky? Louisville?
  • What are the Kentucky Derby traditions of Louisville’s Black Community?
  • Who are the Black heroes—sung and unsung—of the horse industry?
  • How would you like to see the Black community engage in the future of the Kentucky Derby and Thoroughbred Racing?

Kentucky Derby Museum invites all interested artists to visit the Museum and view the Black Heritage in Racing exhibit to better inform their artwork or view the exhibit’s photo gallery online.

All artists must register no later than October 15, 2021. All art must be submitted by November 15, 2021. Winners will be announced by January 15, 2022 with exhibitions of selected artwork beginning Spring 2022.

Full contest details are available by visiting derbymuseum.org/artcontest.
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