ISHPEMING - With its official non-profit status in hand, the West End Community Arts Network is moving ahead with some special projects for the coming weeks.
"We got our 501c3. Now we have our board together. We have some other projects in the works," WeCan Treasurer Dave Williams said.
One project the group is working on is a logo contest, asking adults and teens to submit entries to help create the organization's logo.
With its board and non-profit status in place, the West End Community Arts Network is now working to get a logo in place. To help, the organization is sponsoring a logo design contest, with separate categories for youths and adults. Prizes can be viewed at the Old School Academy of Music, shown above, as well as the Butler Theater and Art of Framing. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
The contest has categories for adults and youths, with the youth category broken down into fifth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade. The logo should represent the mission of WeCan, which includes enriching the lives of those living in western Marquette County through art, performances and community involvement.
Submissions should contain the words "West End Community Arts Network" and represent a variety of art forms, Williams said.
"It should be something that represents the spectrum of the arts," he said.
The adult winner will be used on all WeCan publications, while the youth winner will be used on publications aimed at families.
Prizes include more than $800 worth of art supplies donated by artist Kathi Hanson, which can be seen at the Old School Academy of Music, Butler Theater and Art of Framing in Ishpeming.
Submissions should be sent to WeCan Logo Contest, P.O. Box 214, Ishpeming, Mich. 49849. Youth entries are due by May 1 and adult entries are due June 1.
In addition, WeCan is planning a West End Art Stroll, designed to showcase west-end artists and businesses.
Williams said the stroll will include artwork displayed at a number of businesses in the west end. The group is currently looking for artists and businesses willing to display the artwork.
The stroll will be held April 28 through May 5, with a closing reception.
Those interested in participating can contact Williams at email@example.com or at 250-9870.
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401.