The AP reports that the Detroit Institute of Arts and Let’s Save Michigan are calling on people to create posters in the fashion of Works Progress Administration artwork of the Great Depression to highlight turnaround efforts and rally Michigan residents to revive the state:
“There’s so many different ideas about how to turn around Michigan,” Let’s Save Michigan organizer Sean Mann said Wednesday. “We believe creating viable, attractive cities is key to turning around Michigan’s economy.”
A contest began this week that accompanies an exhibit at the museum called “Government Support for the Arts: WPA Prints from the 1930s.” Entries are being accepted until Feb. 15 on the Let’s Save Michigan Web site.
Organizers want the posters to serve as a “call to action” for the state, which has seen its economic struggles intensify amid the collapse of the U.S. auto industry. Michigan’s jobless rate was 15.1 percent in October, a national high.
Judges will select 25 finalists and the public will pick winners, which will be announced in March. There’s a $1,000 top prize and the runner-up gets $250. Some posters also could be produced for sale.
The DIA is hosting an exhibition titled Government Support for the Arts: WPA Prints from the 1930s through March of 2010 (click through for a gallery) and you can get all the details on the contest and enter through the Let’s Save Michigan web site.