Education and Entertainment: the Gordon Parks Celebration

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John Mason, remaining,  leads a dialogue on Gordon Parks’ book A Choice of Weapons, with  Harold Hicks, just one of the guide club facilitators, attending on the Zoom display. A Fort Scott Neighborhood School Ebook Club had been speaking about the book in past weeks.  Mason is a record professor at the College of Virginia. In the book, Parks states that his weapons of selection in the battle towards bigotry and poverty were appreciate, dignity, and tricky do the job. The guide dialogue was on Oct. 8 at the Ellis Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Neighborhood University.
Gordon Parks Museum Director Kirk Sharp provides an introduction to the Lunch and Find out speaker on Oct. 8 at the Ellis Good Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community Higher education. The speaker, Angela Bates, is on the still left.

The once-a-year Gordon Parks Celebration weekend Oct. 7-9 was packed with situations to educate and entertain.

The Gordon Parks Museum is positioned on the campus of Fort Scott Local community School, 2401 S. Horton.

Parks was an African American documentary photojournalist, photographer, musician, author and director, with humble beginnings in Fort Scott.

He died in 2006.

There have been photograph exhibits and a area photo contest, speakers, excursions, film showings, entertainment, e book conversations, and the opening of the Finding out Tree Tourism Path.

Two African American men had been honored as the “Choice of Weapons” once-a-year recipients, Kyle Johnson and Eli Reed.

Kyle Johnson is an actor, performer, and activist. Submitted photo.


Eli Reed is a photographer, writer, producer, and director. Submitted image.

Parks Alternative of Weapons Award Winners Introduced

Throughout the weekend celebration, The Discovering Tree Tourism Path was released.

The Discovering Tree Tourism Path is a series of signs found at the different areas wherever the filming of The Learning Tree took location all over Fort Scott. The indicators include QR codes, to be applied with a smartphone,  together with a virtual tour of the recognized scene spots of the movie, according to a Gordon Parks Museum press launch.

To learn more:

The Discovering Tree Tourism Trail Grand Opening is Oct. 7

Angela Bates speaks on Nicodemus, an African American city in Kansas, at a Lunch and Learn as component of the Gordon Parks Celebration on October 8.  Nicodemus, KS was a community of African Americans who came following the Civil War to begin new life as cost-free people today. Bates reported the initially 12 months, 1877,  the Potowattamie and Osage Tribes of indigenous peoples assisted the newcomers with meals.

The annual photography contest in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Celebration experienced the winners on display at the Ellis Arts Centre on the campus of FSCC.

Furthermore on display screen had been some of Parks’ pictures and images of The Discovering Tree, the autobiographical film that Parks wrote and directed.

Winners of the Gordon Parks Celebration “Fashion & Diversity” image contest, sponsored by Merl Humphrey Photography, are under.

Twenty-six entries ended up received and the winner of Initial Area was Johanna Walker (Franklin, KS) with the photo titled “Spotlight.”

Next Place was also Johanna Walker with the picture “Johnny.”

Third Location was Frank Clay with his photo, “Enjoying Each Other.”

First, Second, and 3rd area winners received money prizes of $100, $75, and $50 respectively.

There were 6 Honorable Mentions named: “Diversity.” by (Yasser Alaa Mobarak,( Alexandria, Egypt.) “Skating the Catastrophe.” by Julie Steck (Merriam, KS) “Jewels of Plenty” by Bareigh Farrell (Fort Scott) “Portrait.” by Yasser Alaa Mobarak, (Alexandria, Egypt) “Queen of Color” by Alexxus Browning, Tulsa, Alright and “Baby Blue.” by Adelay Martin (Redfield, KS).

The contest was open to any non-qualified photographer and was motivated by Gordon Parks, who begun his job in manner pictures and selected a camera to battle in opposition to racism, discrimination, and poverty.

Judges for the image contest had been specialist photographer, Veretta Cobler, and recognized make-up artist and hairstylist, Donna Fumoso based in New York City.

The picture show is on display in the lobby of the Ellis Good Arts Centre by way of October 15. The creating is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday by means of Friday.

Very first Location was Johanna Walker (Franklin, KS) with the photo titled “Spotlight.”
Johanna Walker, Franklin, KS was 2nd-place winner in the Gordon Parks Pictures Contest. The contest winners have been one particular of many artistic displays at the Gordon Parks Celebration.
Savoring Each individual Other, a photograph by Frank Clay, Overland Park, KS was the 3rd-place winner of the Gordon Parks Images Contest.



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