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(DALLAS, TX)- In celebration of Black History Month, the Dallas Mavericks, BNSF Railway and the Dallas Museum of Art will provide DFW Metroplex middle and high school students the opportunity to compete in the 7th Annual Mavs Black History Month Challenge. 

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, color, religion, or national origin. To participate in the 2015 Black History Month Challenge, complete an original artistic project and brief essay in response to the following prompt:

Celebrating America: My Contributions for a Better Tomorrow!

Submissions should be in the form of a 2D visual art piece (drawing, painting, photography, etc.). All artwork must be 11” tall x 17” wide and students must include a typed essay, less than one page, explaining their artistic interpretation of the prompt.

Three winners will be selectedandwill receive Mavs prizes, along with tickets to the Mavs vs. Thunder game on Monday, March 16th. Winning projects will be displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art from March 15- March 21 and a special reception will be held to celebrate the winners on Sunday, March 15th.

Applications are available at and entries are due into the Mavs offices by Friday, February 27, 2015.

Media Contact: Erin Finegold, Dallas Mavericks Communications, or 214.415.9183.

 More information on the Black History Month Challenge and the submission form can be found at

About BNSF Railway

BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages.  BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply, and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced, and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy, and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations. In January 2013, the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched DMA Friends, the first free museum membership program in the country.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, visit




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