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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Student Art Exhibit

Juneteenth is a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on June 19, 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, enslaved people learned they had been set free under the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Montana became the forty-sixth state to recognize the holiday when it named the third Saturday in June as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. 

In honor of the holiday, the Montana Historical Society and Holter Museum of Art invite students in all grade levels from across Montana to participate in a statewide call for art to exhibit at the Holter Museum in Helena. Submissions are due by May 15.

The theme of the exhibition is “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

The art will be displayed at the Holter from June 17 to 23 and there will be an opening reception for viewing the community exhibit on Friday, June 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Holter will also be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 21 with free admission for all, and community members will be able to create art on site to add to the exhibit. Other Juneteenth programming will be happening in downtown Helena from June 19 to 21.

Students should use the quote “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free” by American civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer as the inspiration for their art. Submissions must be drawn or painted on 9 x 12 in. drawing paper, and the artists name, grade, teacher, and school should be written on the back.

Submissions should indicate the teacher’s name on the front of the envelope and be mailed to:

Holter Museum of Art

Re: Juneteenth Call for Art

12 E Lawrence St

Helena, MT 59601

Submissions will not be mailed back after the exhibit, but if students would like to keep their art it can be picked up in person from the Holter between June 23 and July 1.


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