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Emerson calls for art and formal wear

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Deadline for entries Oct. 30 and Nov. 6


In 2018, the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture will celebrate its 25th anniversary, while the historic former public school that houses the organization turns 100 years old.

The festivities begin on Jan. 26, 2018 with the annual Celebration of the Arts fundraising event and concurrent exhibits. The theme for this year’s event is “winter formal” and will explore the history of the Emerson and other area schoolhouses. The Emerson has partnered with the Gallatin History Museum to fashion a unique exhibition of antique photographs, banners and—with the help of the community—formal wear from school dances.

Those interested in having their prom dress or tuxedo on display in the Emerson lobby should send images of the formal attire, along with a brief story about the evening it was worn to Pictures should show the formal wear in its current condition, and include a blast-from-the-past prom photo if available.

Selections will be made based upon quality, decade trends, and unique personal history. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 6.

The Emerson is also calling for art donations to this year’s Celebration of the Arts live and silent auctions. The deadline for entries is Oct. 30. Selected works will be on display in the Jessie Wilber Gallery beginning Dec. 6 to provide a preview of the work that will be available for auction during the January fundraising event.

All proceeds from the live and silent auctions go toward the Emerson’s art education, exhibits and restoration projects.

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