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Seminole Heights looks to public art to make community standout

Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 16:44:44-05

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, Fla. — When it comes to public art anything can be a canvass, even a storm drain.

It’s one of the highlights at The Heights Unites Music and Arts Festival happening this Saturday at Brew Bus in Seminole Heights.

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“Doing stuff like this, doing shows like this, doing arts like this, I think it creates like community pride,” said artist Heidi Alcott.

She will be one of 22 artists submitting a design at the festival, running from 2 p.m. to midnight.

Every person in attendance will be given three marbles upon entering the event. Those marbles will be used to vote for their favorite design.

Artists with the top nine designs will be given $750 in grant money from the Florida Department of Transportation to paint their masterpiece on a city storm drain.

“I grew up here and to leave my mark where I grew up, I think is incredible,” said artist Justin Groom.

Stephen Lytle, President of the South Seminole Heights Civic Association, said the festival was created three years ago to promote the heights as a positive, unique place to spend a day or raise a family.

“This year we have more artists, we have higher quality local and regional bands, and we expect to have more attendees than we ever had before,” said Lytle.

"I’m a teacher so this is definitely going to be really cool for them to see that and push themselves to do more and want to create and be more creative and open their eyes to more imagination,” said artist Alejandro Algarin.