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Artists sought to participate in ‘Sign of the Times’ public art project

MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Arts Center is calling on artists of all ages and abilities to decorate lawn signs for a “Sign of the Times” public art event to help celebrate the strength of the community and to celebrate the power of art to heal and unite.

All entries must be returned to the Middletown Arts Center by June 30 to be included in an outdoor display. All entries will be photographed and shared virtually with the community, according to a press release.

Lawn signs may be purchased for a $20 donation by calling the Middletown Arts Center at 732-706-4100. For individuals who would like to participate, but who do not have the materials, thanks to a donation in memory of Donald T. Dunphy, a limited supply of brushes and paints may be available, according to the press release.

All proceeds from the event will help support arts programming in the community, according to the press release.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of age or ability. Participants may paint a picture, create a design, write an inspirational message or decorate the sign in any way they like using weather-proof materials. Acrylic paint or permanent markers are suggested.

Signs do not have to relate to the coronavirus quarantine and the subject matter is unlimited. The signs should be artistic and do not have to have a message, but may. Artwork must be family friendly and cannot be political in nature, according to the press releasae.

Signs may be cut, however, they must remain two-dimensional and should only be decorated on one side. All entries will be judged by the public through a voting process to be announced and ribbons will be awarded in several categories, including but not limited to most artistic, most creative, most inspiring, most humorous and most colorful.

The Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., is run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities, according to the press release.

For more information, visit middletownarts.org

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