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Apply by March 5th to “Transform recycling trucks into mobile public art works”

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From a press release:

“The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is soliciting proposals from local artists for artworks to be featured on District recycling trucks for an exciting new public art initiative called Designed to Recycle.

Designed to Recycle is a partnership with DCCAH and the Department of Public Works (DPW) that will transform recycling trucks into mobile public art works. Artworks will be printed on vinyl and wrapped onto recycling trucks that circulate through all eight wards of the District.

“The project offers District artists a truly unique canvas, while drawing attention to the importance of recycling,” says Edmund C. Fleet, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “For residents and visitors, Designed to Recycle animates the streets of DC with the vibrantly enhanced vehicles.”

Local artists can propose two-dimensional art that can be featured on the trucks. Up to 10 designs will be selected, and the artwork will be featured on recycling trucks for the duration of two years beginning in the spring of 2015. All District artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to apply. Each of the selected artists and or teams will be awarded one $2,500 honorarium for their design. The project will be launched this Earth Day, April 22.

“The partnership with the arts serves to spotlight the important role of recycling trucks, as well as their operators, by bringing attention to their work,” says DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We will provide educational programming opportunities on waste reduction and recycling surrounding the program.”

“The DCCAH creates opportunities for artists to bring their artwork to more audiences through public art projects and grants,” says DCCAH Executive Director Lionell Thomas. “Creative and artistic public vehicles will enliven the city.”

For more information and to apply, please visit, or call Elizabeth Carriger, DCCAH Public Art Coordinator, at 202-724-5613.”

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