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Art Walk Central now accepting artist applications

MT. PLEASANT — Artist Registrations are being accepted for a city wide art competition hosted by Art Reach of Mid Michigan and the City of Mt. Pleasant.  Registrations are being accepted April 2-27, 2012.

Art Walk Central will request art entries from artists nationwide.  Artwork will be on display in local businesses in downtown Mt. Pleasant, on the campus of Central Michigan University and in Mt. Pleasant city parks.  Visitors to the competition/exhibit will vote for their favorite piece.  Prizes for both People’s Choice and for Best Juried Piece (as determined by independent judges) will be awarded in two categories:  Youth (age 12-17, $1,000 prizes for each category) and Adult (age 18 and older, $10,000 prizes for each category).

“We’re going to turn Mt. Pleasant into a giant art gallery in August 2012,” stated Hill.  “We’re hoping for over 200 art entries for Art Walk Central.  We’ll also have art activity stations for make and take art projects throughout the event, and we plan to highlight performance art during the weekends. We’re trying to provide our visitors with a cultural experience they won’t soon forget!”

Art Walk Central is being modeled after Art Prize in Grand Rapids which was calculated to have an economic impact of $10.1 million in 2012.  “We know full well that we’re not as large as ArtPrize, and quite frankly – we don’t WANT to be that large!  But, anyone who was fortunate enough to attend ArtPrize knows the tremendous impact that event has on their community.  I love the idea of having thousands of people travel to our town to experience the many forms of art that an event like this will attract. It seems like a perfect marriage of culture and business.”

Businesses throughout Mt. Pleasant have registered as venues for artists to display their work.  Venues are being asked to remain open during Art Walk Central hours.  Businesses are open to all kinds of creativity and art installations.

Sponsoring organizations include Art Reach, the City of Mt. Pleasant, the Morey Foundation, the Mt. Pleasant Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Central Michigan University, the Kellogg Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, WCFX Radio and the Clare County Arts Council.

For more information, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689 or visit www.artwalkcentral.com.

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