Vote on community art project $10,000 grant

Interested in art and community? Then vote in the first-ever contest that will award a $10,000 prize to a project to take place in the Pikes Peak region this year.

The Bee Vradenburg Foundation and the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado will give money to the art project that receives the most votes from the five finalists chosen by the organizations.  The project that receives the most public votes will earn the $10,000.

The joint initiative is called Art Creates Community. Go to www.gazette.com/artcreatescommunity.com to review the five finalists and vote on which project gets funded. The deadline is midnight March 14.

The five projects:
– Community in Unison, a concert and volunteer fair produced by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Gospel Music Workshop of America.
– Hearts, Hands and History, a series of art activities for children and families, culminating in a festival. The project is produced by the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum in partnership with the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Cottonwood Center for the Arts.
– T-shirts for everybody and experiment now – is a summer-long series of free T-shirt art-making and experimentation, produced by Concrete Couch, in partnership with Cool Science, FutureSelf and the Pikes Peak Library District.
– United City – creates a large-scale public mural, produced by Wendy Mike in partnership with the Council of Neighborhood Organizations, Downtown Partnership, City Council and Future Self.
– Zoom In is a film competition and public screening on the theme of community, produced by the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival in partnership with the Lavender Film Festival and the Indie Spirit Film Festival.