Blogs Centerpoints Robin Dowden

I moved to Minneapolis in 1997 to manage a project called Integrated Arts Information Access. IAIA was a multiyear effort to digitize and integrate the collections and archives of the Walker and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. On the web, IAIA would become known as ArtsConnectEd. During my first 5 years at the Walker, I was a special projects manager, first for artsconnected.org and later mnartists.org. I became director of New Media Initiatives in 2003 after the Walker downsized the department, eliminating the curatorial component, and making our focus the website and educational technologies. Prior to coming to the Walker, I was manger of the collection information system and website at the National Gallery of Art. The Walker’s new media group is a great team, one of the best I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I think we’re doing interesting, innovative work, both online and in the building.

Call for submissions for artist-designed political yard signs

Yard signs are as ubiquitous and familiar to the American political landscape as baby-kissing and stump speeches, combining catchy images and pithy campaign slogans to increase visibility for vying candidates and their parties’ messages. In honor of this election season, My Yard Our Message turns this tradition of political ephemera on its ear with a […]

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Yard signs are as ubiquitous and familiar to the American political landscape as baby-kissing and stump speeches, combining catchy images and pithy campaign slogans to increase visibility for vying candidates and their parties’ messages. In honor of this election season, My Yard Our Message turns this tradition of political ephemera on its ear with a unique national competition: we’re putting the message and the creative design for these political yard signs in the hands of artists and then–in true democratic fashion–you, the people, will vote among the entries to determine a selection of fifty winners, whose designs will be made available to order as full-sized political yard-signs after August 1.

Now through June 30, artists and designers are invited to submit yard signs to MyYardOurMessage.com around the theme of what it means to actively participate in a democracy. Entry specifications and the submission form are available on MyYardOurMessage.com. The full call for entries is available on mnartists.org.

My Yard Our Message, a project conceived by Scott Sayre, is produced by the Walker Art Center and mnartists.org in collaboration with The UnConvention.