You may not be able to wear your heart on your sleeve but you can show the whole city how you feel about your community. The City of Richmond Street Banner Contest is now underway.
According to city spokesperson, Ted Townsend what the city is looking for are images that, “Celebrate Richmond’s diversity, landscapes, activities and unique experiences.”
Entries are to reflect at least one of the following 10 aspects of our city; transportation, Island City, the arts, culture, city centre, heritage, urban farming, active living, waterfront, or nature.
There will be 20 semi-finalists chosen. Those will be whittled down to 10 finalists, one from each theme category, by public vote.
“All semi-finalist designs will be posted on the City of Richmond’s Facebook page and City’s webpage for public voting with the community invited to ‘like’ their favourite design. The top 10 designs with the most ‘likes’ will be considered as finalists for the 2018 Street Banner Contest,” says Townsend.
From there, each winning design will be represented in the 1,000 banners installed for the following year starting in February 2019. Which, according to Townsend, “Will be installed throughout Richmond’s downtown core, on walking paths and on main gateways leading in and out of the city.”
Besides a whole year of bragging rights, each of the 10 winners will receive an honourarium of $300 as well as a full-sized banner of their design.
Townsend says, “Once again, artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to submit creative and visually-appealing designs through a range of artistic mediums in this very popular and community-engaging contest.”
Townsend continues, “Richmond’s Street Banner Contest is part of the broader Partners for Beautification Program, which invites community members to become actively involved in the beautification of their city.”
Submissions will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m.
For complete contest rules and guidelines, click here.