Art Grows Here is the 2014 installation of the annual Streets Alive outdoor community art project. This year the streets of downtown Orillia will become an amazing outdoor gallery as artists apply their vision and talent to 40 oversized metal planters.
Substantial prize money is available to the artists — it’s now at $10,000 for 1st, $5,000 for 2nd and $2,500 for 3rd. Winners are determined by combining the popular People’s Choice voting, open all summer, and a juried vote.
The finished planters will be unveiled in downtown Orillia on June 21, the Streets Alive kickoff event, and remain on the street to late October. A guidebook — a popular souvenir keepsake available for sale each year to help support Streets Alive — will feature information on each planter, artist and sponsor.
At the end of the exhibit, several planters will be sold through online auction. Proceeds will support Orillia’s Streets Alive!
program in its ongoing work to promote Orillia as a premiere destination for outdoor art.