Festival of Banners to decorate Mount Pleasant in May


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The talent and artwork of Mount Pleasant residents will soon be displayed with this year’s Art Reach Festival of Banners.

Each year, the Art Reach Center of Mid-Michigan puts on the festival, allowing children, adults and business owners to paint their own banners, and display them in the Mount Pleasant area.

Gift shop and gallery coordinator Kim Bigard said a goal of the festival is to sell 333 banners. So far, only 30 are left for the Art Reach staff to decorate.

“The city kind of donates their time, so we work with their schedule,” Bigard said. “A good chunk of them are hung downtown.”

Banners have been available for purchase since mid-February, with an April 25 submission deadline. After that, Art Reach staff and members of the city of Mount Pleasant will hang the banners in May.

While they are no longer hung on campus, some banners are displayed as far away as Shepherd, Bigard said.

“We designate half of them just to go to local schools,” Bigard said. “A lot of teachers will make a project out of it and the students will paint banners for a few days.”

Once the banners are hung up, a Banner Festival booklet will be published so viewers can locate specific banners across town.


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