Bowman Field Brings Back Popular Exhibit for Second Year in Honor of Black History Month | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Bowman Field will honor Black History Month with popular exposure for the second year in a row.

The airport will bring back “The Sky’s the Limit: A Celebration of the History of Black Achievement in Aviation,” an exhibit that highlights members of the black aviation community and their accomplishments, according to a Louisville Regional Airport Authority press release. .

The exhibition was presented last year. The airport said it was such a hit that they wanted to bring it back this year.

“We hope to educate and inspire more people about the importance of black success in aviation and celebrate the progress that each of these leaders has piloted,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

Officials said the exhibit will use visuals to tell the story of black men and women in aviation, including how they got started, what adversities they faced and “how they eventually rose to greatness and took of importance”.

Fourteen people and organizations will be highlighted, including Bessie Coleman – who was the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license – the first black astronaut, Robert Lawrence and the Tuskegee Airmen.

Bowman Field will also host an art contest for K-12 students to display their work. They are encouraged to submit artwork that shows what the exhibition means to them. Organizers said the contest is a way to continue the exhibition’s educational efforts and “engage the next generation of aviation professionals.”

“We are proud to offer an art competition for students to show off their knowledge, talent and inspiration,” Mann said.

The organizers will choose a winner in each category of the contest: kindergarten to second grade, third to fifth grade, sixth to eighth grade and ninth to twelfth grade. The winners will have their works exhibited as part of the exhibition. They will also be featured on the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport social media pages.

One grand prize winner over the age of 10 will receive a scholarship to the 2022 Aviation Camp at Bowman Field in Louisville, which takes place in July.

Submissions for the contest are being accepted from now until Friday February 4th. Artwork can be dropped off at the Louisville Regional Airport Authority office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is located on the Louisville Airport campus at 600 Terminal Drive. Submissions can also be mailed to:

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF)

700 Admin Reader

Louisville, Kentucky 40209

Students can also email their creations to [email protected].

The exhibition will run from February 1 to 28. It is free and open to the public every day: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Art-Déco terminal at Bowman Field.

For more information on the exhibition, Click here.

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