Jeffersonville Public Art Commission Seeks 4th-7th Grade Student Authors | News

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Jeffersonville Public Art Commission is hosting a “public art/writing collaboration” initiative for select elementary and middle school students.

According to a press release, the winner’s work will be displayed on the Story Trail, a public art installation next to the Arts Center in downtown Jeffersonville’s NoCo Arts and Cultural District. Centered around the Michigan area and Court Avenues, NoCo is an explosion of public art with a painted water tower, wildflower installation, and history trail.

The story currently being shown is displayed in 12 sections, on vertical panels, along the perimeter of the path. It was written by the commission’s first student author, Ava Gleitz. According to the release, her story is inspired by the characters in the artwork and the water tank mural near the trail.

Now the commission is looking for a new student author. The application deadline is May 28. The winners will be announced on June 20. Stories submitted for the contest must be inspired by the murals surrounding the Story Trail at 628 Michigan Ave.

“Jeffersonville has identified itself as a city that focuses on developing artists, supporting their businesses and providing artistic opportunities for the community,” said Emily Dippie, Jeffersonville’s public art administrator, in March.

In addition to a new young author, the commission is also looking for artists for several upcoming projects, including designing a new path for a Wayfinding painting event to be held in June.

“This community event will be a chance for community members to become artists themselves by helping us paint a mural path from the base of the Big Four Bridge to the front door of the NoCo Art Center,” said said Dippie.

The application deadline for this project is April 16. The artists must also design a series of small-scale sculptures.

“We are thinking of 4-6 inch pieces that we plan to hide around the no co neighborhood and downtown and let community members experience a hunt to explore the neighborhood,” said Dippie.

The call for applications closes on May 7.

Other projects are planned for 2021, including one of the most publicized projects. At the corner of West Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue, construction is underway on the depot’s entertainment space, an artists’ village built from brightly colored shipping containers.

“This space will be a stage space and a bar, but it will also help artists to have physical businesses. So these containers will actually be a space for artists to have retail space,” Dippie said. . “The construction of the repository is not yet finalized. With COVID things are a bit on hold, but we hope to launch this in about a year.”

For more information about the contest and other resources, including a video of the current trail and murals in the area, visit https://www.jeffersonvilleart.com/story-trail-portal.

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