“Arts on Fire” Student Winner Announced
Douglasville, Georgia – The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County (CAC) launched a new initiative to use public art to
further establish the community as a dynamic center of creativity and a destination for visitors. The Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville/ Douglas County in partnership with the Douglasville/ Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority and the Douglas County Fire Department recently wrapped up their “Arts on Fire” Public Art Initiative with (8) eight fire hydrants in downtown Douglasville that were turned into creative art pieces, along with being functional and lifesaving. High school art students from across the county were invited to submit designs for hydrants. They used their imagination around the theme, “Nature Inspired”. The theme could revolve around seasons, water, climate, plants, water resources, landscapes, animals, etc. The CAC gallery committee reviewed the designs and selected the top 8 pieces. “We have so many talented students in Douglas County and we are excited to be able to show off their abilities through our Public Art Initiative”, stated CAC Executive Director, Emily Lightner. Congratulations to the top (8) eight participants for the “Arts in Fire” Hydrant Project from Harvester Christian Academy and New Manchester High School.
Over the past few months, these students have worked hard on painting the hydrants. June 1st – 15th the community was able to vote for their favorite hydrant by taking the tour of 8 freshly painted fire hydrants all with a facelift by student artists. Artists responsible for revitalizing the life-saving fixtures were in a competition to rack up the most votes and claim the title of Community Favorite. On Friday, June 21st the Douglas County Chamber held a milestone ribbon cutting for the project and announced the community favorite.
Congratulations to Elena Cruz from Harvester Christian Academy for winning the community favorite hydrant.
Douglasville/ Douglas County Water & Sewer Authority Executive Director Gil Shearouse stated, “We are pleased to be a partner in ‘Arts on Fire’ and are looking forward to the project not just as a public art initiative, but also as a way to draw attention to the vital water and fire resources that keep Douglas County safe and sound.” The purpose of public art is not only to enrich the community and improve our quality of life through its ability to enrich an environment, but also to ignite the imagination, encourage thought, and to prompt discourse. Public art benefits the community through placemaking, bringing people together, and can be used as a tool in economic development. Public art can also strengthen personal connections to one’s community.
The Cultural Arts Council Douglasville/ Douglas County, located at 8652 Campbellton Street in historic downtown Douglasville, Georgia, is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm. For directions or more information visit www.artsdouglas.org or contact the Cultural Arts Council at 770-949-2787.