Nov. 8, 2016
Downtown Chandler Holiday Banner Challenge Winners Announced
Chandler, Ariz. – With over 28 submissions, two high-school artists have been chosen for the inaugural Downtown Chandler Holiday Banner Challenge. Their designs will be displayed along Arizona Avenue, from Chandler Blvd. to Frye Rd., from Nov. 14 to Jan. 13.
All submissions were voted on by the public at the Oct. 21 Chandler Art Walk and by a panel of holiday banner judges. Cindy Ha and Clara Wallengren, both students at Perry High School, won the challenge with their Happy Ugly Holiday Sweater Season and Downtown Chandler Ornament designs respectively.
The two artists each will receive a $50 gift card to a downtown Chandler restaurant, a plaque of their winning design and a $500 scholarship from Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. On Monday, Nov. 7, both winners were presented with their plaques by Mayor Jay Tibshraeny at the Chandler City Council Study Session meeting.
“We [SpeedPro and Downtown Chandler Community Partnership] were very excited to bring this competition to the downtown. Not only does it give our downtown some holiday cheer, but it helps these students expand their portfolios, get recognition for their work and, through the sponsorship provided by the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, gives them some dollars to use towards their future education,” says Beth Fiorenza, Executive Director of Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.
Locals are invited to visit the downtown to view the winning designs along with the holiday lights and festive window art at participating merchants. Best viewed with a warm cup of cocoa.