Tennesseans for the Arts Launches Contest to Design State’s Next Specialty License Plate
– “State Your Plate” contest allows all state residents to submit their designs based on a Tennessee-inspired theme –
Now is the time to let your creative side loose and show your support for your state and Tennessee for the Arts, so get out your crayons, markers or oils and start drawing; Your artwork could catch a ride on every resident vehicle in the state! You aren’t creative? Well, we just bet you know someone who is, so tell them to get busy, then you may be able to say, “I know the person who created that license plate!” And they will thank you for the encouragement.
Tennesseans for the Arts announced a “Call for Art” to design the next specialty license plate in a contest titled, “State Your Plate.” The contest is open to all current Tennessee residents and is accepting entries from now until October 15, 2011.
The winning design will be available for sale to the public with 100% of the proceeds directly benefitting the arts in Tennessee. Specialty license plates and tags already have a strong tie to the arts, with 40% of their sales going to the Tennessee Arts Commission, which then disseminates those funds to arts groups across the state.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone – teacher, plumber, lawyer, student or professional artist – to showcase their work across the largest gallery in the state: the road,” said Jonah Rabinowitz, President of Tennesseans for the Arts. “We invite everyone to submit their design for Tennessee’s next specialty license plate.”
The entries must have a Tennessee theme and will be judged based on factors such as how easy they are to read from the road. The first round of submissions will be evaluated by a panel of jurors ranging from graphic designers to county clerks, who will narrow down the competition to the top 20 entries. Once the top 20 finalists are selected, voting will open to members of the public who will select the next specialty license plate for Tennessee.
“License plates are the inescapable currency of the road and have the power to leave a lasting impact on whoever sees them, be they local residents or out-of-towners passing through,” added Bob Kucher, past president and board member of Tennesseans for the Arts. “How we represent ourselves across this medium is more important than we realize, and we’re thrilled that for the first time ever, anyone can have a say in how we shape our license plates.”
For more information or to download the entry form for “State Your Plate,” please visit www.stateyourplate.org.
About Tennesseans for the Arts
Tennesseans for the Arts is the statewide arts advocacy organization working to protect the critical public funding for the arts in Tennessee. The primary source of this funding comes from the sale of specialty license plates. Last year, 70% of the funds used for the 800+ grants distributed by the Tennessee Arts Commission came from the sale of specialty plates.