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Mardi Gras 2009
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Mardi Gras Poster Contest
News Release
Wednesday, January 21, 2009


GALVESTON, Texas ― Galveston Arts Center and the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to announce an open competition for the design of Galveston Island’s 2009 commemorative Mardi Gras poster.

More than 250,000 people attend Mardi Gras! Galveston each year to experience the party of a lifetime as the island comes alive with 11 extravagant parades, more than 50 galas, and festive events including bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment in local clubs, and the best cuisine the Gulf Coast has to offer. The annual event is one of the most popular in Texas and is rich in history, celebration, and people watching. This year’s festivities―the 98th celebration of Mardi Gras in Galveston since 1867―will take place February 13—24, 2009.

The poster competition is open to anyone who wishes to submit a design. It should include the words "Mardi Gras! Galveston 2009". The winning design will celebrate the spirit of community evident in Galveston following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Ike. Designs must be original works of art suitable for printing in a poster format. All submissions will become the property of the Galveston Arts Center and the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. The winning artist must agree to assign the copyright to GAC/GCVB and attach no other restrictions to the use of the image. The winning design will be used to promote Mardi Gras! Galveston, including but not limited to posters, brochures, advertisements, and websites.

Deadline for submission is January 30, 2009. Entries should be delivered to the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, c/o Melody Smith, 2504 Church Street, Suite 200, Galveston, TX 77550, and should include name of artist, contact information (including address, phone number and e-mail address) and a brief current resume. The winning design will be chosen by members of the Galveston community. A portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of posters will benefit the effort to re-create the Galveston Arts Center.

For information, please contact Alexandra Irvine at 409.763.2403 or

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