By DIANE SPEER
News Lifestyles Editor
Art in the Loft has come up with a creative new fundraiser that organizers hope will draw participants of all ages.
Called Push for the Arts, it involves constructing movable carts to race with prizes based on two categories: which cart, after being given a big push, can travel the farthest distance, and which cart is the most artistic in appearance. Any and all medium are welcome in the competition/fundraiser.
"We're excited to try and get this off the ground," said event co-chair Cheryl Lemke. "We want to try to do things that are fun for the kids and the community."
According to Lemke, city officials already have agreed to block off a portion of the downtown for the competition to take place. It is slated for Sept. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.
What: Push for the Arts
How: Build a cart to push
When: Sept. 2, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown Alpena
Benefit: Art in the Loft
The entry fee for Push for the Arts is just $10, so Lemke said Art in the Loft doesn't expect to make a large sum of money. Instead, organizers hope the event will bring more visibility to the Loft and all of the varied arts programs offered there.
"There are so many great programs for kids and adults at Art in the Loft," Lemke said. "Any proceeds will go to our continued arts programming such as the ArtsCool summer classes we've been doing."
There are no size restrictions in making a cart for the competition and any materials may be used. The competition will be divided into two age categories of adults and ages 15 and under. People may enter individually or as a group.
All of the carts will be lined up at a starting point and participants will be allowed to give their cart one big push. The distance each cart travels after that push will determine the winner in the functionality division.
The carts also will be judged for their creativity in design and appearance.
"These are two totally different categories," Lemke said. "You may have one absolutely gorgeous cart, but it doesn't run or go more than three feet."
The Friday event also will include music and refreshments. Although it is being held over the Labor Day weekend, Lemke said the time was planned so that it is early enough to allow for still attending other weekend activities, such as the home Alpena High School football game.
Co-chairing the event along with Lemke is Anita Harmon.
Anyone interested in signing up for Push for the Arts should call Art in the Loft at 356-4877.