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Lancaster launches public art project

Want to put your mark on Lancaster's Main Street? Here's your chance.

The Lancaster County Council of the Arts, See Lancaster and the Lancaster County School District are sponsoring a community-wide art project and hope to involve county residents of all ages.

Residents are asked to submit their design for a banner to hang on Main Street in Lancaster by Tuesday, Jan. 6. The top 80 designs will be chosen by the Arts Council and a panel of judges.

Those designs will be translated onto recycled vinyl billboards as sketches.

During the weeks of Jan. 12 and Jan. 19., county residents are invited to Chastain's Studio Lofts in downtown Lancaster to add color to the banners.

The goal, according to Christina Chastain, Galleries and Programs Director for the Council of the Arts and owner of Chastain's Studio Lofts, is to involve as many residents as possible.

"When you have so many people putting their ideas on it with the same goal it raises the sense of excitement about being part of it," Chastain said.

"I think it's going to work fantastically."

The idea for the project came from a similar event in Rock Hill and received a financial boost from a U.S. Department of Education grant.

The Council of the Arts has never attempting a project of this size, Chastain said.

When complete, the banners will hang along the lamp posts in downtown Lancaster.

A reception for the banner project will be held March 5 in conjunction with the school district's Youth Art Month Opening and the Council of the Arts' Art Crawl.

Students from all Lancaster County Elementary schools will be included in the community-wide art project.

The students will be brought to Chastain's in small groups to help paint the banners.

Anyone, no matter their skill level, can be involved, Chastain said.

"Any level of knowledge. There's no intimidation level on a project like this. It's just a open, fun idea involving a lot of people."

And she means it.

"Anybody in town," Chastain said. "It doesn't matter where you work or what you do, if you want to put your own brush stroke, your own vision on Main Street, everybody can get involved."