For the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides in May 2011, the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama State Council on the Arts seek to select artists to create works of art that will commemorate, tell the story, and/or inform viewers about the history and importance of the 1961 Freedom Rides and the power of non-violent protest. We seek artists who are native to or working in areas along the Freedom Rides route—from Washington, D.C. and Nashville, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss.—or whose body of work addresses the struggle for equal rights in America.
The Historical Commission tells the story of the Freedom Rides at the historic Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station (www.montgomerybusstation.org), a site of violence against the Riders. There will be an honorarium for selected artists, whose work will be on exhibit in the building for a year.
Juror: Georgine Clarke, Visual Arts Program Manager, Alabama State Council on the Arts. Submission deadline: September 1, 2010. For the complete prospectus, go to http://preserveala.org/pdfs/sites/greyhound_bus_station/MBS%20call%20for%20artists%20100709.pdf