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Call for Artists for McKinney Black History Month Art Exhibit

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Each February, Black History Month is an opportunity for our communities to place special emphasis on the celebration of Black lives and voices and recognize the significant contributions of African Americans. This year the McKinney Chamber Foundation presents McKinney Black History Month (McKinney- BHM.com) and programs to honor, celebrate, and uplift these contributions to the culture and society of McKinney and the surrounding area.

The McKinney Chamber Foundation is excited to announce their first Black History Month Art Exhibit and open an official call for artists to apply for exhibit and cash prizes. The event will be held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, Saturday, February 5th at 6 pm.

The deadline to apply is January 21, 2022. Apply online at https://tinyurl.com/4fyapcuj.

Selected artists will be notified by email by January 28, 2022.

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists from the Collin County area and beyond are encouraged to submit their work. Select works are on display at the event and remain on display throughout the month of February 2022 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center Gallery.

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A jury of art professionals will review the entries, select finalists for the exhibit, and award cash prizes for three winners: $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.

Submissions are open for both emerging and established artists. High school and college art students are encouraged to submit their artwork for consideration alongside established artists. Artwork should reflect the artist’s contemplation of the 2022 McKinney Black His- tory Month theme, “Legends to Legacies,” and its meaning within Black culture.

Art may be of any medium, including three-dimensional art, collages, mixed media art, and photography – taking into consideration a month-long exhibit of that artwork. Artwork accepted for the show must be delivered to the McKinney

Performing Art Center by the artist or representative. All work should be ready to hang (2D) or display (3D).

For press release information, contact the McKinney Black History Month Committee at (469) 505-0052 or visit www.McKinneyBHM.com.

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