Registration now open for Festival of Banners

Community members participate in paint days for the Festival of Banners. Design submissions for this year’s event are now being accepted until Jan. 31. Registration forms are available at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids. (Pioneer file photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Area residents once again have the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles and showcase their original art in the community.

The Festival of Banners 2019 is accepting design submissions through Jan. 31. Entry forms are available at Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids.

Artworks Executive Director Lynne Scheible said 106 designs will be accepted to decorate banners which will hang downtown for a year on Maple Street, Michigan Avenue and by the Baldwin Street Bridge.

She added the banners will go up in March or April, depending on the weather.

“Festival of Banners is a community art project. It’s a way for people to exhibit their work on the street,” Scheible said.

The finished banners for Festival of Banners 2019 will be hung up in March or April in areas of downtown Big Rapids for a year, including on Maple Street, Michigan Avenue and by the Baldwin Street Bridge. (Pioneer file photo)

Submitting a design is free for children from 8 to 18 years old, but there is a fee to purchase the banner. There also is a fee for adults to participate, but the banner cost is included and it may be brought home after the banner is taken down in 2020.

Scheible explained children under 8 also are encouraged to work with their parents on designs to be involved in the event.

There is no theme for artwork submissions, but the guidelines state no disturbing, copy-written or inappropriate art will be selected, she said, noting because only 106 designs will be accepted, it is generally first come, first serve.

After the designs are accepted, paint days will take place on Feb. 16, 18, 22 and 23 at Artworks.

Scheible said residents of all levels of artistic ability are invited to participate.

“You don’t have to consider yourself an artist to participate,” she said. “This event is for everybody.”


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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