The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) is launching an Adopt-An-Art-Panel program that will form the construction fencing during the Commons Rebuild Project. The Commons makeover is expected to last from April 2013 to July 2014.
The construction site will be bordered by 300 plywood barriers measuring 8’ wide and 4’ tall. The panels are expected to go up around mid-April. Each of these will be painted with white primer and given over to a different individual or group to turn into a temporary mural. These murals will convey the diverse creative talents of our community and will be a fascinating public display for locals and tourists alike.
The DIA is now accepting proposals for these murals from any local artist, art student, arts organization, non-profit, school group, family or individual. The theme is up to the individual, but the panels must be suitable for a public outdoor setting and should reflect the best values and qualities of our community. Prizes include a grand prize of a $500 Downtown Gift Card, plus a range of other gift card prizes, and a pizza and ice cream party for the best group. Property owners, businesses, and organizations within the Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District are encouraged to participate.
Applications are available at downtownithaca.com and can be filled in online or downloaded as a PDF. Applications will be accepted until April 29 or until all of the panels are adopted. Participants will be notified of their panel location by May 3. Painting of the murals will take place starting May 4 and must be completed by May 30, the Unveiling Party and Awards Ceremony on Thursday of the Ithaca Festival. The project will also be featured during First Friday Gallery Night on June 7.
Applications will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of DIA staff members and community arts professionals. The Tompkins Trust Company is sponsoring the project which has made it possible for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance to have paint available in 10 colors, with other materials being the responsibility of the artist. DIA paint and brushes will be available starting May 4th on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm, or other times by appointment.
“Public art has always been an important component of our downtown program as evidenced by our Art in the Heart sculpture program and countless murals. We are looking forward to having a brand new downtown and in the mean time keeping the Commons colorful and fun during the construction project.” said Gary Ferguson, Executive Director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance.
For more information on this project and Downtown Ithaca visit downtownithaca.com or call 607-277-8679