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Museum’s billboard competition enters final phase

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s billboard competition has entered its second and final phase.

Eight artworks have been shortlisted by a jury panel of artists, museum curators, and high school art students, and will go up for a public vote from now through June 10. This is San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum’s first national billboard competition. 

Through the theme of “The Joy of Being Outside,” artists were encouraged to celebrate the Museum’s passion for discovery and exploration on its 20 by 16-foot mural. 

Dozens of artists and creators have submitted their artworks and now, SDCDM is calling for the public’s help to cast their vote and help determine which of the top 8 finalists will be selected to go up on the 20 by 16-foot Museum facade and receive a $500 cash prize. 

Through June 10 at 11:59 p.m., individuals can view the shortlisted artworks and vote for their favorite on muralcompetition.sdcdm.org. The results of the public vote will determine which two artworks are displayed in the summer and winter of this year, respectively. 

“We’ve received incredible submissions for the inaugural Joy of Being Outside competition” said the Museum’s executive director Wendy Taylor. “The jury was very impressed with the artists’ interpretation of our theme. We look forward to involving the public in this process and to spark meaningful conversations on the topics of freedom, hope and joy that are characteristic of childhood. During these difficult times, art has the power to heal and unite. We are proud to be able to bring new and exciting art to Escondido, that people will be able to enjoy by simply walking by our building.”

The competition was made possible by a grant from the County of San Diego. The jury convened on May 8, and is composed of Wendy Taylor (SDCDM), Erick Altona (SDCDM Board Member), Chrisanne Moats (Escondido Arts Partnership), Beth Marino (California Center for the Arts, Escondido), Mike Ferran (California Center for the Arts, Escondido), Soudabeh Mermazadeh (Del Lago Academy), and two Del Lago Academy students. Artworks were selected based on creativity, adherence to the theme, originality, and overall execution. 

For more information about the Mural Competition, visit SDCDM.org/2020Mural

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