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Slingshot Challenge is supported by the National Geographic Society and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

The Slingshot Challenge is a global community for youth with a passion for protecting our planet. Slingshot is powered by the belief that no problem is unsolvable and that great ideas come from ALL places. That’s why we’re asking our community of 13–18-year-olds to rise to the challenge and submit a 1-minute video describing your idea for solving an environmental issue for a chance to receive up to $10,000 in funding.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FEB. 1, 2024.

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The Walter Anderson Museum of Art is providing additional support to Mississippi students through free Museum admission, hands-on filmmaking workshops, virtual classroom visits, and place-based resources to inspire localized environmental action.

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Artist-naturalist Walter Anderson devoted his life to investigating and interpreting the geography and biodiversity of his Southern landscapes. His artworks and ideas connect to socio-environmental issues such as natural disaster and climate science, deforestation, estuarine resilience, and the harmful effects of pesticides like DDT on bird populations.

Anderson spoke to the geographic and cultural importance of his home state on a canoe trip down the Mississippi River in the 1930s. He drank from its waters, using his wide-brimmed hat as a cup, and referred to the Mississippi River—and by extension, the state—as a ‘distillation of America.’

CONTACT JULIAN@WALTERANDERSONMUSEUM.ORG TO LEARN ABOUT TAILORED SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS & CLASSROOMS.

SLINGSHOT MISSISSIPPI partners include

MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM OF ART

FREEDOM PROJECT NETWORK

SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARY PROJECT AT THE UNIV. OF MISSISSIPPI

INSTITUTE FOR SOUTHERN STORYTELLING AT MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE

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