Subject: Share your photos for the chance to win $500

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810.237.3444                                                                  July 7, 2016

Sloan Museum launches Flint-themed photo contest
Photos shared with hashtag #SloanPhotoContest eligible to win $500 prize

FLINT, MI (July 7, 2016)—Sloan Museum invites the Flint community to enter the Defining Flint in the 21st Century Photo Contest. The contest winner will receive a $500 prize, and 25 finalists will be showcased in an exhibit Oct. 5-Nov. 2. All photo submissions will become part of the Sloan Museum archive.

Entrants can submit photos by posting them publicly on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr with the hashtag #SloanPhotoContest. Entrants can also submit photos and view complete contest rules at
There is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted electronically. The submission deadline is Sept. 12 at 11:59 p.m.

Sloan Museum’s goal for the photo contest is to collect photos that will help tell the story of early 21st century Flint culture, posing the question, “What images summarize the city and its people in 2016, and what images will summarize this time period 100 years from now?”

Sloan*Longway Curator of Collections Jeremy Dimick said the photo contest will enable the museum to update its collection of photos and ensure that diverse experiences are represented. “The submitted images will be a really good opportunity to take the temperature of the city at a given point in time,” Dimick said.

“People might wonder why a history museum is looking to collect present-day photos,” Dimick said, “and the answer is that we are making history every day. If we document the things that are important to our community as they happen, future generations will have a better understanding of the time we’re living in now.”

Sloan*Longway staff will select 25 finalist photos for display in the exhibit. Admission to the exhibit will be available free of charge, and the public will be able to vote for their favorites in the gallery through Oct. 26. Voting will also take place on social media. Updates on the contest will be available on Sloan Museum’s Facebook page.

A gallery reception will be held Nov. 2, where the photographer whose image gets the most votes will be awarded the $500 prize. All 25 finalists will be invited to the reception and receive Sloan*Longway Share-a-Pass memberships.

The Defining Flint in the 21st Century Photo Contest is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

About Sloan Museum
Sloan Museum presents the history of Flint & Genesee County in its permanent exhibits, with diverse archival holdings of over 400,000 artifacts. In addition, traveling hands-on science exhibits offer a variety of educational and entertaining experiences year-round.

Sloan Museum admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for children ages 2-11. Admission is free for members and children 1 and younger. Tickets can be purchased online and at the door. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley St. in Flint, MI.

For more information, call (810) 237-3450 or visit Follow Sloan Museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Flikr.

Sloan Museum
1221 E. Kearsley St
Flint, MI 48503
1221 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, MI 48503, United States
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