Sponsored by The City of Paducah and NAACP

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Juneteenth Essay Contest

The NAACP and The Carson Center, in partnership with the City of Paducah, will host an inclusive and joyous event for the third consecutive year to celebrate Juneteenth - a National Day of Remembrance on the anniversary of June 19, 1865, the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas learned they were free. This year's celebration, emceed by Curtis Hamilton, will take place at The Carson Center on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 at 5:00 PM with an inspiring program, fish fry supper, and celebratory concert.

High school students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to write a personal essay, narrative poem, or spoken word piece on the topic of Juneteenth and its role in our society. Essays can focus on the history, significance, celebration of, or personal experiences with Juneteenth. Winning authors will be awarded scholarship prizes at The Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration at The Carson Center. Each applicant will receive one free ticket to the event.

Entries must contain the following:

  • Be in the form of a PDF or Mircrosoft Word document
  • All text double-spaced and in 12-point font
  • Include the author’s name, school, grade level, and contact information
  • Emailed to mkatz@thecarsoncenter.org and igalliher@thecarsoncenter.org with the subject line “Juneteenth Essay” by Friday, May 10.

One grand prize and two runner ups will be selected based on creativity, originality, knowledge of the history and significance of Juneteenth, and overall composition.



Jun 2024


Access Arts and Access Spaces at the Carson Center – Making theater more accessible since 2019! The “Access Arts” Program provides free tickets to people who have never attended a performance at The Carson Center because of limited resources or other circumstances. Contributions to The Carson Center through The Fred Paxton Challenge will help The Carson Center provide a minimum of 10 tickets to every performance it presents. From Broadway musicals and sold-out concerts to family and faith-based programming, adults and children from all backgrounds will have the opportunity to experience the joy of live performing arts in Paducah's premier theatre setting. The Carson Center's mission of presenting professional artists and superb arts experiences for diverse audiences in the region to enjoy is paramount. We believe The Carson Center belongs to everyone and every individual deserves a great space for all ages to experience the arts together. The Carson Center’s programming promotes and enhances “community” – a community that is diverse in background, thought, and experiences. Therefore, we seek to bring together all members of our community. ALL are welcome and ALL have access to performances! Whether you have limited economic resources and have never attended a performance at the Carson Center, or you enjoy the Center and want to share your enjoyment with someone by donating, we have a seat waiting for you! Donate now through August 30, 2024, and your gift to The Carson Center, through its participation in the 2024 Fred Paxton Fund Challenge for Charities, will count THREE times! Thank you to Jim DeCillis and Tom DeCillis for providing a $20,000 donor match to ensure that arts entertainment is accessible to all. As a donor to the foundation, 100% of your donation goes directly to The Carson Center! https://cfwk.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/grant?grant_cycle_id=1001
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