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March 5th, 2010

Congratulation to Lori Sollinger, WJAR, on the launch of her new arts blog:

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Arts Calendar

March 5th, 2010

Artists and arts organizations, you can upload your upcoming events to RISCA’s statewide arts calendar at: http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-see/the-arts-calendar/submit-an-event/

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Main Street Independent Film Festival – Call for Entries

March 4th, 2010

Main Street Independent Film Festival

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Call for Entries

Hera Gallery announces a Call for Entries for films and videos to be submitted to the Main Street Independent Film Festival organized by Historic Wakefield Village Downtown Merchants’ Association, Hera Gallery, South County Players/Children’s Theatre, Independent Newspapers, and South Kingstown Parks and Recreation. The festival will take place in historic Wakefield, Rhode Island. Screenings will take place at Church of the Ascension on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 9, 10 and 11, 2010.

Films and videos will be accepted in the following genres: Narrative/Open (ideal run-time of 30 minutes or under); Documentary (ideal run-time of 20 minutes or under); Experimental (ideal run-time of 15 minutes or under); Animation (ideal run-time of 15 minutes or under); News Segment (ideal run-time of 5 minutes or under); and Commercial/ PSA (ideal runtime of 1 minute or under).

Submissions should include: 1) a DVD copy of the film, 2) filmmaker’s contact information: name, address, phone number and email, 3) a short synopsis of the film, title, film length, and writer, director, producer, actor’s names, and 4) a biographical paragraph (or resume) including background and interest in film. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of your materials if desired. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2010.

Application forms and guidelines are available at www.heragallery.org. Mail submissions to: Hera gallery, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880, attn: film festival. For more information: 401-783-7202, jrmcnab@etal.uri.edu, or 402-789-1488, info@heragallery.org.

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MONEY – Call for Entries

March 4th, 2010

Background Information:  In a time of increasing financial concern, the creative community is more and more affected by today’s economy.  The objective of this show is to open a discourse reflecting the effect that money has on today’s cultural community.  Whether reflecting upon your own personal relationship with money, or the ‘Keeping up with the Jones.’ mentality, or reflections upon recent Wall Street debacles, or society as a whole’s attitudes towards wealth, the common denominator for works accepted to this show will be a critical look at MONEY.   

Eligibility: This exhibition opportunity is eligible to artists working within any medium.

Juror:  Nancy Whipple Grinnell; Curator, Newport Art Museum.

Submission Deadline: April 28th, 2010
Notification:  May 12th, 2010
Delivery of Work: May 24th, 2010
Exhibition Dates: June 5th – July 10th, 2010
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Guideline For Entries: Each artist may enter up to three works to this exhibition.  Please do not exceed three images per applicant.

Digital entries should be standard JPEG format, at 300dpi with the longest dimension being 7inches.  Please save files on disk, labeled with applicants last name followed by number (Doe01, Doe02, Doe03, etc.). Please label your CD with your name, and image file names. 
Images must be in standard JPEG (.jpg) format.  No Power Point presentations will be accepted.

Please also include a complete image list, brief artist statement, and resume. Please include a SASE for the return of any supplemental materials that you need back. 

Fees: Include a $20.00 application fee, check or money order only. 

Send Application to:
Hera Gallery
PO Box 336
Wakefield, RI 02880

Contact: info@heragallery.org
Download prospectus: www.heragallery.org

Islay Taylor

Hera Gallery, Hera Educational Foundation
PO Box 336
Wakefield, RI 02880-0336

info@heragallery.org, itaylor@heragallery.org

Hours: Wed-Fri (1-5)

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Call For Entries: Innovative Space Awards

March 3rd, 2010

Leveraging Investments in Creativity (one of the founding organizations behind ArtistLink), in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and supported by a funding partnership of the MetLife Foundation and the Ford Foundation, has announced an open call for entries to the 2010 MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards, a grant-making program of Space for Change: Building Community through Innovative Spaces.


Launched in 2009, the MetLife Foundation Innovative Space Awards is a competitive national funding program that recognizes outstanding efforts in the design and development of affordable space for artists. The program emphasizes the benefits artist spaces yield for both artists and their communities. In the Awards’ concluding round of grantmaking leading artist spaces will be selected from across the country to receive unrestricted awards ranging from $10,000 – $50,000 along with access to technical assistance and a learning community of peer institutions.


To learn more about the Awards, including the guidelines for how to apply, please visit www.lincnet.net. All application materials must be received by April 23, 2010 at 5pm EST.


Applications may be submitted by non-profit organizations, individual artists, public agencies, or a combination of the three, for artist space projects that:

  • Provide affordable space for artists to work, or to live and work
  • Are designed for multi-use or share space with a variety of tenants
  • Have been in place for a minimum of one year
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution (social, economic, cultural) to the community in which it exists
  • Promote ownership or significantly favorable lease terms for artists

For additional information, please visit www.lincnet.net.

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The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket Seeks Art Instructor

March 3rd, 2010

The Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is currently seeking an Art Instructor for our after school program.


The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket is to inspire and enable the young people of Pawtucket and surrounding communities, especially those with greatest need, to realize their full potential as healthy, productive, responsible and caring citizens.

The Art Instructor is responsible for planning and delivering a visual arts program to pre-teen and teen members.

Responsibilities include:

- Preparing lessons and activities that are age appropriate and allow members to explore different method s and materials in the visual arts.

- Supervising members during arrival, program time, dinner, dismissal and special events.

- Help create an environment that highlights the achievement of youth.

- Provide guidance and act as a role model.

- Attend all trainings and staff meetings.


-Prior experience working with youth ages 6-18

-Strong communication skills

-Experience with visual arts

How to Apply

To apply please send resume to:

Samantha Brown

Director of Pre-teen Programs and Childcare

Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket

1 Moeller Place

Pawtucket, RI 02860


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Raising Money to Support Your Creative Endeavors – Free Workshop

March 3rd, 2010

Fiscal Sponsorship Information Session
Raising Money to Support Your Creative Endeavors . . .
a workshop for emerging artists and arts organizations
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to host Fractured Atlas for a presentation on fundraising, the Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship program and how it can benefit Rhode Island artists and organizations.

When: Monday, March 15, 4 – 6:00pm

Where: RI Department of Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Conference Room A

What: This information session is designed for anyone who is interested in using fiscal sponsorship including individuals, emerging organizations, the general public, currently sponsored projects, and other potential applicants to the Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship program. The session is designed to explore the benefits and use of Fractured Atlas’ fiscal sponsorship program as a fundraising tool. The session will include an overview of fiscal sponsorship and how to apply, how to use the tools within the program, and an introduction to fundraising.

The session is 90 minutes in length and is presented by the Fractured Atlas Program Director of Fiscal Sponsorship, Dianne Debicella. Cristina DiChiera, Director of Artist Programs for RISCA, will also discuss and answer questions about the upcoming April 1 RISCA grants deadline.

Please RSVP to support@fracturedatlas.org in order to reserve a seat. Include your name, email address, and telephone number. We will send a confirmation of your reservation. Sign up now – space is limited!
Fractured Atlas is a non-profit organization that serves a national community of artists and arts organizations. Our programs and services facilitate the creation of art by offering vital support to the artists who produce it. We help artists and arts organizations function more effectively as businesses by providing access to funding, healthcare, education, and more, all in a context that honors their individuality and independent spirit. By nurturing today’s talented but underrepresented voices, we hope to foster a dynamic and diverse cultural landscape of tomorrow

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts serves as a catalyst for the advancement, appreciation and promotion of excellence in the arts, by encouraging leadership, participation, and education in the arts for all Rhode Islanders.

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Icon Prize Competition to select Book Cover Art

March 3rd, 2010

The Icon Prize is hosting its inaugural competition to select the cover art for the re-publication of a literary work. You are invited to participate in an open competition to provide the cover art for the widely-praised literary novel, The Unfastened Heart. The winner of this contest will be awarded The Icon Prize, and will receive $1500 in award money, with his or her artwork to be featured on the new edition of the novel.

Participants may enter for consideration paintings, photographs, graphic art, collage art and other visual media based on the novel by submitting a digital photograph of the work in jpg or jpeg format. This contest is open to anyone, worldwide, and artists/designers of varying backgrounds and experience are welcomed. There is no entry fee. Artists/designers may submit more than one entry. Early entries are encouraged. Film rights have sold to Columbia Pictures.

Deadline: December 31, 2010

For more information: www.lanevonherzen.com/id1.html

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March 2nd, 2010


The Rotary Club of Wakefield invites artists in the Fine Arts to participate in the Annual Narragansett Art Festival to be held on Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Veterans’ Park, adjacent to the historic “Towers” in Narragansett, overlooking beautiful Narragansett Bay.


This non-juried art show is limited to the Fine Arts only, including oils and acrylics, watercolors and pastels, drawing and graphics, photography, and sculpture. A limited number of spaces are available for artists working in 3-dimensional or other art media.   Over 90 exhibitors are expected, with approximately 80% returning from previous years. The majority of artists are from the Rhode Island area, although artists from other New England states, and as far away as Florida, also regularly participate.  A panel of art-experienced judges is invited to critique the exhibits on Saturday morning. Modest cash prizes and ribbons are awarded in each category, as well as an award for Best of Show.

The Narragansett Art Festival has been located at this unique ocean side location for over 27 years.  Although the Festival is open at no charge to the public, the proceeds from artists’ registration fees support the Rotary’s scholarship programs and charitable activities in the communities of South Kingstown and Narragansett. 

The application fee is $125.00 for individual artists or $70.00 each for a shared space by two artists. All artists are responsible for Rhode Island State Sales Tax and temporary sales permits are available.  Application deadline is May 22, 2010. The Festival application is available on-line at www.wakefieldrotary.com.  For further information, or an application by mail, please contact Deedra Durocher, Co-Chair, Narragansett Art Festival, P. O. Box 382, Wakefield, RI 02880, call (401) 789-7713 or e-mail deedra110@verizon.net.

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Competition for Direct Art Magazine

March 2nd, 2010
This competition is for Direct Art Magazine, Volume 17, Fall 2010 edition. The competition is for twenty publication awards. Artist winners of the competition will, at no cost to the artist, have their work appear Volume 17 of the Direct Art Magazine. See details of the awards listed below. Read details of Direct Art here: www.slowart.com/about.htm

Direct Art Awards:

  • Grand Prize: Front Cover and six page feature display
  • Second Prize: Back Cover and four page feature display
  • Awards 3-4: Four page feature
  • Awards 5-6: Double page feature display
  • Awards 7-20: Single full page display
  • Editors Awards: Additional pages, inside covers, mast head and outside covers may be assigned based on editorial selection.

Eligibility: The competition is open to all artists, national and international, working in all media. All forms of art including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, graphics, mixed media, digital and installation art are eligible.Video artists may submit video only if the work can be represented in print form. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Deadline: The final postmarked deadline is March 31, 2010. There will be no extension of the deadline, all entries must be postmarked by that date.

Prospectus: www.slowart.com/prospectus/spring.htm

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19 on Paper Seeks New Members

March 2nd, 2010

19 on Paper is currently accepting applications for new members.  Please view information about the group @ nineteenonpaper.com and contact 19onpaper@gmail.com for application details.

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Call for Artists

March 2nd, 2010

The Mill Gallery, a new gallery in the Lorraine Mill, 558-560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket RI 02860 is accepting applications for it’s Grand Opening in June 2010 and for the up coming season.

Please send a CD and include, 5-20 images (jpg, 300dpi, 8 inches max) artist statement, resume & contact information to:

The Mill Gallery

Lorraine Mill

558-560 Mineral Spring Avenue

Pawtucket, RI 02860

Attention: Kristin S. Street, director

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Connecting Creative Communities

March 2nd, 2010

























Adrienne Petrillo
Program Manager, Presenting & Touring
617.951.0010 x527

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Seeking Acrylic painters to teach workshops

March 2nd, 2010

Grumbacher paint is looking for accomplished artists who can teach two hour workshops at a major retailer. We have developed a flexible curriculum in acrylics for an artist to use or to adapt it to fit the artist’s style. Compensation is $100/workshop. We plan to conduct approximately one to four workshops per store per month and the artist will have flexibility in their scheduling. The workshops will be geographically located all over the US. All teaching materials will be provided to the artist at no cost.  

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact Katie Blanchard at kblanchard@chartpak.com for more details. (Chartpak is a manufacturer of fine art supplies. Grumbacher, Koh-I-Noor, Higgins ink, and Clearprint are some of our brands.) 

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Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant deadline announced

March 1st, 2010

The Visual Arts Program of Sea Grant (Rhode Island) was established in 1988 to encourage professional visual artists from New York and New England to address the issue of the environment of the ocean and its coastal communities.  Grants are intended to financially assist individual and/or collaborating artists whose works are related to themes of the marine environment. Curatorial proposals will be considered.  The grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded annually.

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

1. A maximum of ten digital images, on a CD of recent work. Entries should be in JPEG format, 150-300 dpi and readable by Macintosh platforms. Save the file name with artist’s initials_image number_title.jpg. Provide a separate image list and specify name, medium, title, date, and dimensions.
2. A current resume.
3. A brief statement, outlining the objective of the proposal, relevance of the  work to ocean environments, and the relationship of the proposal to your past work.      
4. Itemized budget including: supplies, services and support personnel.
5. A  self-addressed, stamped  envelope if you want materials returned and
a self-addressed, stamped postcard to acknowledge receipt and processing.
The deadline for receipt of application is  May 28, 2010

Previous recipients of Sea Grant awards are not eligible for five years. Individuals enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students are not eligible. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of RI professionals in the visual arts. Awards winners will be notified by September, 2006. A written report of the results of creative activities supported by Sea Grant, including appropriate visual documentation, is required at the conclusion of the project.  Please mail your application to:

Visual Arts Sea Grant

C/O Department of Art & Art History
105 Upper College Rd
Kingston,  Rhode Island 02881

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Art on the River Dubuque Deadline March 5, 2010

March 1st, 2010

The application deadline for Art on the River Dubuque is Friday, March 5, 2010

The City of Dubuque, Iowa, is soliciting applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for
the 2010-2011 Art on the River temporary outdoor public art exhibit. Each year, 10 sculptures are
chosen to be placed at highly visible locations along the picturesque Mississippi RiverWalk at the
Port of Dubuque. Thousands of resident and tourists view the exhibit. Selected artists receive $1,500
for loaning the work for a year. A $1,000 cash award for Best of Show is given to one artist. Sculptures
must be for sale. Application deadline is March 5, 2010. Up to three entries per artist are accepted.
There is no application fee. General Information and Application Forms are available online at
www.cityofdubuque.org/artontheriver or by contacting Jan Stoffel, Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator, at
artontheriver@cityofdubuque.org, or at 563-690-6064 or 563-589-4110.

Jan Stoffel
Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator
City of Dubuque
50 W. 13th Street
Dubuque, IA 52001
phone 563-690-6064
fax 563-589-4149

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March 1st, 2010

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet 

Auditions: Thursday,February 18th-6:00-9:00 PM     
            Ages 7-18   Be Prepared with:

 Vocal-a cappella 
       One Minute Monologue
              Dance/Movement in a group with the director    

        Shakespeare4Kidz   Romeo and Juliet The Musical

       Julian Chenery, Matt Gimblett and William Shakespeare 

Joanne Vecchio
Artistic Director
Second Stage Studio
1 Angell Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

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Classical High Student Wins State Arts Council’s ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Rhode Island State Final

March 1st, 2010

Classical High Student Wins State Arts Council’s ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Rhode Island State Final

For the second year in a row, Classical High School student Amber Johnson took top honors at Saturday afternoon’s Poetry Out Loud state finals at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, sponsored locally by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and VSA arts of Rhode Island. As Rhode Island state winner, Johnson will go on to compete at the national finals in Washington, DC in April.

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.

Over 850 students from 15 schools participated in the program in Rhode Island this year.  The following schools participated in the state finals: Burrillville High School in Burrillville; Block Island School on Block Island; Central Falls High School in Central Falls; Classical High School and Hope Arts High School in Providence; Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick; Coventry High School in Coventry; North Smithfield High School in North Smithfield; Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School;  Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth; Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Pawtucket; West Warwick High School in West Warwick; Johnston High School in Johnston.

In addition to Amber Johnson, the following students received awards at Saturday afternoon’s competition: Sydney Hermanson from North Smithfield High School received the second place prize and Charlotte Abotsi from Hope Arts High School in Providence was the third place winner.

First place winner Amber Johnson from Providence will receive a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals on April 27th in Washington, DC. Classical High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The second prize winner, Sydney Hermanson from North Smithfield High School, will receive a $100 prize check, and her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. For more information on RISCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.ri.gov.

About VSA arts of Rhode Island VSA arts of Rhode Island is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities through active participation in the arts by providing high quality programs and opportunities through which children and adults can enter the mainstream of their communities while promoting the educational and cultural benefits of the arts for all people.  For more information please visit http://www.vsartsri.org/

About the National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts Endowment is the largest national funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

About The Poetry Foundation The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.

Related links

Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

Release date: 02-28-2010

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Brown: Alums honored for arts achievements (by RISCA)

March 1st, 2010

The Brown Daily Herald

Alums honored for arts achievements
By Sarah Mancone

Senior Staff Writer

Updated: Monday, March 1, 2010

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts recognized Visiting Lecturer in English Michael Stewart MFA’07 for fiction and poetry and Jamie Jewett PhD’08 for choreography and film this year.

Stewart was featured in the 2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition at the Imago Gallery in Warren.

Jewett, the director of a multimedia dance theater company, received the 2010 Fellowship Merit Award in Choreography as well as a 2010 Project Grant for his film project, “Melt.”

Receiving this award feels “wonderful,” Stewart said. It is a “big award,” he added.

It is nice to “get recognition within the state,” he said. “The state’s very supportive.”

Stewart started his reading at the Fellowship Exhibition on Feb. 19 with narrative fiction and then progressed into poetry to provide “a mixture of the two,” he said.

Stewart combines prose and poetry because he likes the reader to not be sure how to read his work and to have to pay close attention, he said.

In his writing, Stewart likes to focus on topics with a “fairy tale view,” he said. He uses themes such as the “history of stage magic” and “parallels between spells and cookbooks,” he said, adding that he also is willing to write about topics usually reserved for women.

His writing is meant to convey a “sense of wonder” and a “loose distance from realism,”  he said.

This includes working on a common object and finding it not so common, he added, and making everyday things seem unfamiliar.

Currently, Stewart teaches classes at Brown in creative nonfiction. Stewart said he liked the program because it “really puts an emphasis on research.”

“I really like the attitude that students come in with,” he said.

In addition to teaching, Stewart is writing a book based on the life of a man who studies Egyptian hieroglyphics, he said.

Stewart said he has been and plans to continue writing about Kyoto, Japan. He plans on traveling to Kyoto and spending a few months there while he writes about southern Japanese superstitions and beliefs, he said.

The inspiration for his writing comes from “everything,” Stewart said, including “childhood experiences and dreams.”

Working at Brown has definitely helped to improve his writing, Stewart said. Colleagues showed him how to tighten his lines and advised him, “don’t pause, just keep pushing further and further.”

Stewart said he also benefits from students’ comments on their assigned readings.

Each time he brings a piece of literature into the classroom, his students help to “open it up in a way that wouldn’t have been possible” by just using his own perceptions, he said.

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Public art call: City of Denver – 14th St. Corridor

February 26th, 2010

The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs (DOCA) seeks to commission one or more artists (or teams of artists) to create site-specific artwork to enhance and activate a one-mile stretch of streetscape along 14th Street, in downtown Denver, CO. This stretch, from Market Street to Colfax Avenue, will become a primary pedestrian zone connecting Lower Downtown (LoDo), the Denver Theatre District, and the Golden Triangle cultural district and Civic Center.

Plans are underway to widen the sidewalks on the north side of the street and encourage more restaurants, entertainment and retail along the street. Street improvements such as benches, planters, new signage, lighting and traffic controls are included in the scope of this project.  Ultimately, these improvements will encourage a lively and activated pedestrian destination, and the artwork should complement and augment these efforts.

The budget for this project is approximately $180,000.

Applications must be submitted on www.callforentry.org by 5:00 pm on March 26, 2010.

More information can be found at www.callforentry.org.

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