This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 16th year of Community Art! This year the Downtown Racine Corporation is proud to announce that the 2017 Public Art Project will feature BOATS!
Why Community Art?
Community art creates attachment to one’s community! Cities gain value through community art – cultural, social and economic value. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Community art provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.
And, it’s free. There are no tickets. People don’t have to dress up. It can be viewed alone or in groups. Community art is open to everyone, and again this year will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The Downtown Racine Corporation would like to remind you to please DO NOT touch, push, pull, sit-on or pick-up the artwork or any of the features attached. Our artists invest several hours of work into their creations and we ask that you please be respectful of them and the merchant hosting the piece.
The Project – Don’t Miss the Boat – Discover Downtown!
Downtown Racine has a lot to celebrate this year! Reefpoint Marina is celebrating their 30th year anniversary, Festival Park is celebrating 30 years and the Antique and Classic Boat Society has chosen Racine has the place to host their 15th annual In-Water boat show featuring nearly 200 beautifully restored boats, coming September of this year! What better way to tie all of these great things together than an art project highlighting our great boating community and our fantastic life on the lake?
This year’s community art project will take on a new twist by featuring two different styles of boats. One is a sailboat and the other is a “Chris Craft” style classic speedboat. Artists will have the opportunity to design their boats in much the same way as previous years’ three dimensional art pieces were designed.
The original selected submissions will also be featured outside of select downtown business locations during the summer. Sponsors and guests of the Preview Party in June will be given the first opportunity to view the selected original artworks. The original works will be on exhibit in downtown all summer long and sold during an auction at Paul P. Harris Rotary Park (formally Festival Park) on Saturday, September 9th. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support the Downtown Racine Corporation’s ability to deliver quality services, energetic community events and enhance the community’s vitality and economic growth.