The Brooks' Call to Artists in the Name of Elvis
May 11, 2012 at 10:30AM
The Brooks has partnered with Graceland to host an international art contest in honor of the 35th anniversary of Presley’s death, accepting original works in any media in response to the classic song, “If I Can Dream.”
The song was made famous by Elvis as the finale of his '68 comeback special, written by Walter Earl Brown with quotations taken directly from Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King's assassination had occurred right here in Elvis' beloved hometown just two months prior to recording the song, and the profound effect the event had on the artist could be felt in his powerful, gospel-like performance. An exhibition of the inspirational works will be held from July 21 to September 16, with the judges awarding a first, second, and third place prize in the categories of professional, non-professional, and youth.