This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 15th year of Community Art! For each of the past fourteen years, DRC has announced a new community art project. But this year, because of the huge success of last year’s community art project, because we can definitely use more banners in Downtown Racine and more importantly because there is much more to show about Racine, we decided to continue the Celebrate Racine Campaign.
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 Project – Celebrate Racine
This year’s community art project is a civic beautification initiative that strives to engage community members, showcase the beauty of the region, and highlight local and regional artists. 48 original works were selected. Those selected works were enlarged and reproduced on light pole banners. The banners will be installed on the light poles throughout downtown from June to October, 2016. The banner collection from 2015 will be re-exhibited throughout downtown as well. Your friends, family and all of the visitors to downtown will be able to admire your work for the entire summer.
The original selected submissions will also be featured in a gallery exhibition during the summer. Sponsors and guests of the Preview Party in June will be given the first opportunity to purchase the selected original artworks. The original works not sold at the Preview Party will be sold during an exhibition in July. 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.
Call for Artists – February 5, 2016
Deadline for Receiving Entries – April 4, 2016
Jury Results Emailed & Announced – April 18, 2016
Artist and Sponsor Preview Party – June 11, 2016 (Subject to Change)
Exhibit Opens – July 13, 2016
Exhibit Closes – July 17, 2016