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Entries now being accepted for 2018 Wheaton Arts Parade Poster Contest

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 1, 2017

Montgomery college and high school students can submit designs through December 31 to illustrate themes for the September event highlighting the arts and diverse cultures in Wheaton

The next Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival may be 10 months away, but planning is already in motion for the annual event that is growing in stature each year. Entries are now being accepted from Montgomery County college and high school students for the poster design that will be used in all promotional materials for the 2018 event on September 23. The deadline for entries is December 31.

The artist of the winning design will receive a $300 prize, presented by the IHOP of Wheaton. The student also will get to work with Wheaton artists on the details that will refine their design into the poster and other promotional materials. Design entries should include space for graphic elements that will be added with event information (such as a logo, hash tag and web address).

The 2017 poster design winner was a senior at Churchill High School. The winning design, along with photos and videos from this year’s parade, can be viewed at The 2018 competition is seeking original designs and entries; the new entries are not required to utilize any images from previous years.

Designs should be in an 8.5-inch width x 11-inch height format and saved as a high resolution (at least 300 dpi) JPEG. In addition to the design, entries must include the artist’s first and last name, mailing address, phone number and email address. Also to be included are the student’s school, grade and art teacher or adviser’s name. More information about the contest is available at or 301-949-3727.

Entries should be submitted online to The subject line should be “Poster.”

The Wheaton Urban District is among the sponsors of the Arts Parade and Festival, which celebrates local artists and brings together Montgomery County’s diverse cultures for a day of fun and creativity. In 2017, more than 60 groups paraded on Georgia Avenue with original floats and costumes, dancing and music. The parade was followed by a festival with music and dance performances, films, readings and food from some of Wheaton’s most popular restaurants. There were more than 40 booths where artists exhibited and sold their work.

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Media contacts:  Patrick Lacefield, 240-777-6507 / Neil H. Greenberger, 240-205-1915 / Sidney Cooper  240-777-8106

Release ID: 17-439
Media Contact: Sidney Cooper 240-777-8106