The Dream@50 art contest celebrates "I Have A Dream" speech

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Today, the Minneapolis Convention Center and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is hosting the Dream@50 Arts Contest Awards ceremony to commemorate this anniversary.

Nationally, the Dream@50 is a series of tributes commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech. The tributes include a K-12 art contest, video PSAs, and a global music and dance celebration, Dance the Dream, produced by Richard Karz in partnership with the United Nations, YouTube, International Theatre Institute, Americans for the Arts, National Education Association, National Art Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council for the Social Studies, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Times Square Alliance.

Locally, the Dream@50 is a partnership of Minneapolis Public Schools and St. Paul Public Schools, CBS Outdoor, Hennepin County Library, Juxtaposition Arts, Metro Transit, Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota African-American Museum, Northside Achievement Zone, St. Paul Public Library, Walker Art Center.

CBS Outdoor and Metro Transit have donated $189,000 in billboard, transit shelter, bus, and kiosk advertising and Metro Transit to promote the winning artwork, which were selected by the top art critic and curators in the Twin Cities, to be announced on February 20.

Published Feb 19, 2013