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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Calling All Artists: 'Color Your Corner' Contest Seeking Entries to Promote Pedestrian Safety

Here’s your chance to get some street-art cred. As part of the newly launched “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” pedestrian safety campaign, the City of Roanoke is seeking entries for the “Color Your Corner” pedestrian safety art contest. "Color Your Corner" seeks to re-imagine traffic signal cabinets to raise awareness that in Virginia every corner is a crosswalk, whether it’s painted or not. Artists of all ages are invited to submit designs, and winners will have their artwork placed as a vinyl wrap over an intersection signal cabinet.

The contest will include up to five selected designs, chosen by a Roanoke Arts Commission panel, with one piece of artwork installed in each of Roanoke’s four quadrants plus downtown. The “Color Your Corner” contest will be held in August and September, with art installed in the summer of 2021. Each winner will receive a $200 stipend for their work.

Art submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Original artwork.
  • Incorporates the message “Every Corner is a Crosswalk” in a positive way.
  • Highlights the diversity of Roanoke’s neighborhoods and people.
  • Cannot mimic a regulatory sign.
  • No offensive wording or images.
  • No nudity or violence.
  • No promotion of any business or product.

To learn more about the contest and to submit a sketch, please visit this website.

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