The Ark-La-Tex has a rich history of music from gospel to zydeco and reflects influences from neighboring states and distant countries.
Your Challenge: This category invites you to either perform traditional music or present regional history through music. You may (1) pick a song by your favorite Ark-La-Tex band or composer to perform for the judges, (2) write your own song closely following the style of a regional band or composer, or (3) investigate an aspect of regional history that interests you and set your findings to music – blues, jazz, rap, whatever you like to perform.
You may enter as an individual, as a band with up to five members, or as a choir. Individual, band, and choir entries will be judged separately. Video submissions must be in MP4 format and not exceed 4 minutes. Before your performance, briefly explain the historical significance of your choice of music and/or instrumentation.
One of the most tangible cultural legacies is cuisine. Individual families and communities have their own versions of traditional favorites, as well as other dishes, with recipes passed down from generation to generation.
Your Challenge: Talk with your relatives and track down a recipe that has been in the family for at least two generations (This means it was something your grandmother, grandfather, great-aunt, or great-uncle made).
Submit a copy of the recipe, a photo of your dish, and a video explaining the significance of the dish to your community. All recipes are to be produced in Times New Roman 12 point, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Your name, address, contact details, and any other identifying information must NOT appear in the document. This information will be included on the entry form. Submit a photo of your project in JPEG format and no larger than 5 MB in size. Video submissions must be in MP4 format and not exceed 2 minutes.
People in our region love stories. Among the rich folklore, you’ll find ghost stories, tales of buried treasure, of magic, of huntin’-and-fishin’, and of small-town life. Perhaps such stories become even more important to our cultural heritage as technology exposes us increasingly to global influences.
Your Challenge: Listen to the stories told within your family and your community, or research the folktales of our region and choose one to present that exemplifies some facet of the history of the Ark-La-Tex.
Video submissions must be in MP4 format and not exceed 3 minutes. Include a brief explanation of why you chose that particular story.