Changing America digital storytelling contest; 1st place wins $500

By Robert Boos
Posted September 21, 2016

The Metropolitan State University Library and Learning Center invites  current Metropolitan State students to submit entries to the Digital Storytelling Prize, a contest offered in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Changing America: Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and The March on Washington, 1963. 

Students should use digital media to create brief narrative responses to the exhibit and the question, “How has the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and/or the March on Washington of 1963 affected your life?” Instructors are encouraged to set additional requirements such as relating the exhibit to themes from their courses, consultation of additional resources, etc.

Changing America: We March, We Demand. Image courtesy of Library of Congress

Changing America: We March, We Demand. Image courtesy of Library of Congress

Prizes: The  winner will receive a $500 gift card to Two honorable mentions will receive $100 gift cards to the university bookstore. Winning entries will be showcased at the exhibit’s closing event on Nov. 4.

Submission deadline: Send submissions to by Oct. 17. Please see this flyer or the complete official rules.

Questions? Contact the library about the contest at

About the Changing America exhibit: Changing America is on display on the first floor of the university’s library, located at 645 E. 7th Street, Saint Paul Campus, from Sept. 21 through Nov. 4. Attendance is free and open to the public during regular library hours: 8 am to 11 pm, Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 11 pm, Sunday. Join us for the exhibit opening events on , 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, Sept. 29.

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Exhibit presenters and sponsors: This traveling exhibition is brought to Metropolitan State by the university’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) and Library Department in partnership with the St. Paul Public Libraries-Dayton’s Bluff Branch. It is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.