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2016 Student Stowe Prize Big Tent Jubilee

June 2, 2016    6 - 9 PM
Under the Tent on the Stowe Center Lawn

On June 2, the Stowe Center will hold its 6th annual Big Tent Jubilee to honor 2016 Student Stowe Prize winners and support Stowe Center education programs.

The Student Stowe Prize recognizes outstanding writing by U.S. high school and college students that motivates action for positive social change.

2012 Student Stowe Prize EventCongratulations to the two student winners: Martese Johnson, University of Virginia and Nina Sachs, Francis W. Parker School. Mr. Johnson, the college winner, was selected for this entry “Reflections After a Trending Hashtag – Criminal Justice and the Events of March 18, 2015,” advocating against anti-black violence, published in Vanity Fair. Ms. Sachs is the high school winner for “Empowering Women, Period,” published in Teen Ink.

Author Andrew Aydin will present the awards and offer remarks.

Buy Tickets to the Big Tent Jubilee here.   All ticket levels include farm-to-table dinner and award ceremony. Patron level tickets also include a private reception with the Student Stowe Prize winners and featured speaker and award presenter, Andrew Aydin.

If you can't attend, but would like to make a contribution to the Stowe Center, click here. Thank you.

The Hartford is the Legacy Presenting Sponsor of the event. 

Sponsorship Opportunities 



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Buy copies of the March books and pick them up June 2 from 3-4 PM at the Inspiration to Action Fair at Immanuel Congregational Church, 10 Woodland St., Hartford where Aydin will sign books OR at the Stowe Center Museum Store. Store Hours.



About Andrew Aydin
Andrew AydinAndrew Aydin is co-author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic memoir series, March, which chronicles the life of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. Co-authored with Rep. Lewis and illustrated by Nate Powell, March is a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition and the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor. The Washington Post called March “a must read monument.”

Aydin serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and Georgetown University in Washington.  His best-selling graphic novels March: Book One and March: Book Two are taught in high schools and colleges across the country. He has appeared as a guest on the Rachel Maddow Show, National Public Radio, CBS This Morning, CNN, the BBC and many other programs.

The Stowe Center is pleased to have him join us and present the 2016 Student Stowe Prizes.

A free public program, Inspiring Action: Real Stories of Social Change , precedes the event from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Immanuel Congregational Church across the street from the Stowe Center.



If you are attending

Directed by Stowe security staff and LAZ attendants:
    •    The Mark Twain House & Museum main lot, accessible from Farmington Ave, just west of the Stowe Center (GPS address 385 Farmington Ave.)
    •    Several lots on Forest Street including: Mark Twain House & Museum upper lot, Hartford Public High School, and Lot C at the corner of Forest St. and Capitol Ave.
Please do not park on the grass.   
Security will monitor the lots throughout the evening.  
Security staff & Stowe Center volunteers will direct you to and from  the event.
Please allow extra time for travel as Farmington Avenue may be congested.
Planning & Check in
When you arrive, please visit the guest registration tent in front of the Stowe Visitor Center to pick up your name tag and table number
As a reminder, the event is outdoors and you will be walking on grass - so please  plan your footwear accordingly. We recommend flat shoes or wedges.
You may wish to bring a wrap or light jacket.   
Cell phone cameras are welcome for sharing the event on social media.
Questions: MSackett@StoweCenter.org or 860-522-9258, ext. 305

 Legacy Presenting Sponsor:


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Silver Sponsors

Day Pitney, LLP
Friend of the Stowe Center
United Technologies

Bronze Sponsors

Susan Johnson
Pratt & Whitney
Robinson & Cole, LLP
Stephan & Francine Christiansen
Fairview Capital Partners
Bartlett, Brainard & Eacott
Pullman & Comley LLC