‘History in the Making’: History Nebraska wants to colorfully remember 2020

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — History Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council are reaching out to the community for help. They need local artists for a new project, “Historic Posters Reimagined, 2020 History in the Making.”

Artists are invited to create posters to address themes from this year, which History Nebraska says could include COVID-19, economic hardship, equality, racial injustice, and voter participation. They hope this project will artistically record and increase reflection on 2020.

“Nebraska has a long history of circulating posters that encourage social change,” says Jessica Strube, project lead for History Nebraska. “In the spirit of past poster campaigns, we want to see what today’s artists create for positive public action.”

Meagan Dion, project lead for the Nebraska Arts Council commented, “artists interpret the world visually. We can’t wait to see how they use those skills for this project.”

Artists have until Monday, Aug. 17th to respond to the request for qualifications at history.nebraska.gov/posterproject. Participants must be 18 years or older.

A Selection Committee will pick ten Nebraska artists to create one  11″ x 17″ poster each to represent a message relevant to 2020 experiences, inspired by design qualities of historic posters.

The poster should not:

  • reference specific political parties or candidates
  • Use derogatory or offensive language/imagery

History Nebraska will keep one print for their collection, create an online exhibition of the new posters, and may use the poster in future exhibitions.

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