REMIX | Spirits in the Archives

Posted on: September 6, 2017

American Archives Month is right around the corner in October! This year, various Archives and Special Collections throughout Virginia are teaming up to give YOU a chance to showcase your talents, while celebrating the importance of archival material. You could even win a $100 gift card!

REMIX | Spirits in the Archives is a contest created by the Virginia Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference to inspire literal and figurative out-of-the-box ideas for cultural heritage collections. Archives aren’t just about serious research—they can be about serious (or not so serious) art! Redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, memes, and other digital interventions are all ways to remix.

To enter REMIX | SPIRITS IN THE ARCHIVES, craft your submission with eligible materials from the Virginia Archives Month 2017 Flickr album. Images in the album all come from Virginia Archives and Special Collections libraries, and all images play on the theme of “Spirits.” Reimagine or reinterpret the source material through your personal artistic lens.

Your source material must be clearly marked as:

  • in the public domain
  • have a ‘no known copyright restrictions’ statement
  • or have a Creative Commons license which allows for reuse.

You can enter up to three submissions, but are only eligible for one prize (excluding People’s Choice). Submissions can be made between September 1 to October 23, 2017, and will only be accepted digitally. However, you may choose to print and manipulate the source material through a variety of artistic methods, then take a photo or scan of your finished product for the submission.

All entries will be judged on creativity and originality of entry (correct link to source material and contextual information). Entries that meet these criteria will be showcased on the REMIX tumblr and otherwise celebrated via the Interwebs. Winners will be announced November 1.

Make sure to share your creations with #archivesremix and #archivespirits on social media! We want to celebrate your creations!


A panel of local artists and area creatives will judge the REMIX contest. They will award one supreme REMIX winner, as well as three runners up. The submission with the most tumblr ‘notes’ will also receive a People’s Choice award.

Unsure where to start? Check out the Resources page for links to all sorts of tools for remixing content. Questions? Visit the Ask page.



  • $100 Amazon gift card
  • Assorted swag, details forthcoming

First Runner Up:

  • $75 Amazon gift card
  • Assorted swag, details forthcoming

Second Runner Up:

  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • Assorted swag, details forthcoming

Third Runner Up:

  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • Assorted swag, details forthcoming

People’s Choice:

  • Bragging rights/ Being the most popular
  • Assorted swag, details forthcoming

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