MEDIA ALERT – Arts on Fire – Call for Artists

                                                                                                                                               

Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County (CAC) has launched the next phase of its “Arts on Fire” public art initiative to further establish Douglasville as a dynamic center of creativity and a destination for visitors. In partnership with the Douglasville/Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority and the Douglas County Fire Department, the CAC is releasing a call for artists to submit unique painted fire hydrant designs for a chance to be commissioned to decorate a hydrant in downtown Douglasville. Selected designs will transform existing hydrants into creative art pieces while maintaining their lifesaving functionality. The deadline for submissions is July 12th, 2024. More information and guidelines can be found at artsdouglas.org or via email at luciana.vinci@artsdouglas.org.

Artists are invited to submit nature-themed designs for hydrants drawing inspiration from the world around us. This nature-inspired theme might include pieces related to the seasons, our climate, plants, water resources, landscapes, animals, etc. The CAC Public Art Committee will review the designs and select the top 10 pieces to receive a paid commission for installation.

“We are excited to heighten the awareness of our community’s important water resources through this art initiative with the CAC and the fire department. The project illustrates how Douglas County can utilize essential infrastructure, like hydrants, in a fun and creative way to enhance our growing downtown area,” stated WSA’s Administrative Services Manager, Lyndsey Sargent.

The last phase included eight (8) hydrants from the CAC to O’Neal Plaza including everything from “Under the Sea” to the community’s favorite “Dalmatian” sitting outside City Hall. “We were thrilled with the communities’ positive response to receiving public art in the community and look forward to expanding it throughout the

 County.” Stated CAC Executive Director, Emily Lightner.  The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought, and prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and as a tool for economic development. Public art also strengthens personal connections to the community.

The Cultural Arts Council  Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions, more information, or to make your reservations, visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787.

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The mission of the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/Douglas County is to nurture, guide, and stimulate the enjoyment of and participation in the arts among Douglas County residents by providing an atmosphere conducive to the arts. The programs and activities of the Cultural Arts Council are supported in part by the City of Douglasville and the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.