Middletown, NJ: Have fun, get creative and support the MAC! The Middletown Arts Center is calling for artists of all ages and abilities to decorate lawn signs for the “Sign of the Times” Public Art Event to help celebrate the strength of our community during these difficult times. It's about celebrating the power of art to heal and unite. All entries must be returned to the Middletown Arts Center by June 30th to be included in an outdoor display, and additionally all entries will be photographed and shared virtually with the community. 

Here is how it works: 

A PLASTIC LAWN SIGN WILL BE THE BLANK CANVAS! 
Dust off those paintbrushes, find the permanent markers, put those thinking caps on and create on the blank canvas of a plastic lawn sign. All lawn signs can be purchased for a $20 donation by calling the Middletown Arts Center at 732.706.4100, where you will receive the blank sign and instructions. If you would like to participate, but do not have the materials, thanks to a generous donation in memory of Donald T. Dunphy, a limited supply of brushes and paints may be available. Please inquire. All proceeds from this event will help support arts programming in our community. 

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The MAC is looking for the most artistic and creatively decorated signs! Everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of age or ability. You can paint a picture, create a design, write an inspirational message, or decorate it in any way you like using weather-proof materials. It’s all about art and self-expression. Acrylic paint or permanent markers are suggested but any material that will withstand the elements is acceptable since the completed art will be displayed outdoors. Signs do not have to relate to the quarantine and the subject matter is unlimited. The signs should be artistic and do not have to have messages, but certainly can.

Artwork must be family-friendly and cannot be political in nature. The Middletown Arts Center reserves the right to not display any signs that fail to meet these criteria. Signs can be cut however, they must remain two-dimensional and should only be decorated on one side. All entries will be judged by the public through a voting process to be announced, and ribbons will be awarded in several categories including but not limited to: 
• Most artistic 
• Most creative 
• Most inspiring
• Most humorous
• Most colorful

The Middletown Arts Center will do its best to make sure all entries are displayed in a safe manner, however we cannot be held responsible for loss, damage, or theft and the participants acknowledge that the possibility exists that the signs may not be returned to them.  

ABOUT THE MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER
The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award-winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit middletownarts.org for more information and to join our mailing list for updates on exhibition opportunities, classes, workshops and events at the Middletown Arts Center. The MAC is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown (next to the Middletown Train Station).

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