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Admission Button Design Competition

First Night Youngstown is calling for local and regional artists to participate in the annual design competition of its New Year’s Eve events admission button. The winning artist will be awarded $50 and be invited and promoted at all press events.

The artist will also be a celebrity guest in the Christmas holiday parade and tree-lighting event as well as the opening ceremony on December 31. The winner’s immediate family will receive free admission to the First Night Youngstown New Year's Eve Extravaganza.

The button series is intended to celebrate downtown Youngstown's unique and historic buildings and architecture. The winning design, to be featured on the First Night Youngstown 2015 button and all promotional materials, is the third in an ongoing series that is donated each year to the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center.

This year’s design will depict the YWCA of Youngstown located at 25 W. Rayen Ave. on the southeast corner of West Rayen and Phelps streets just south of the YSU campus.

Historical Facts: The YWCA was designed by architect Angus Wade. The five-story brick structure was constructed in 1911 and dedicated one year later. The original intent was to provide affordable, safe housing for young women coming into the city to find work. Over the decades, the YWCA has been a health and recreation center, a social center, an education center, a crisis center for battered women, a homeless shelter, a childcare center and a place of worship. In 2009, the YWCA of Youngstown began an ambitious $10 million renovation and restoration of the historic building. To better meet the contemporary needs of YWCA residents, the structure’s 36 dormitory-style single bedrooms – which featured common bathrooms, living rooms and kitchens – were transformed into 30 handicapped-accessible one-bedroom and efficiency apartments targeting low to moderate income women with disabilities.

Current Programs of the YWCA include Housing with Supportive Services, Empowerment Programs for women and girls, and Early Learning and Youth Development. 

Button designs may be created using any art medium including photography, drawing, painting, collage, mixed or digital media, etc.

Design Requirements:
Depict the exterior of the YWCA building in a manner that highlights its unique architectural elements.
Preferably a night scene that includes fireworks or other elements that represent New Year’s Eve (no champagne glasses – First Night events are non-alcohol/family oriented)
Include the phrase “First Night Youngstown 2015” 
A rectangular shape – horizontal or vertical
Design /artwork must be proportioned to a final reduction size of 2” x 3”

An entry form – to be submitted by July 31, with the artwork on CD – is available here.

Send the form with CD to First Night Youngstown, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 405, Youngstown, OH 44503.  

Each year, the purchase of an admission button provides entry to all the First Night events scheduled for New Year’s Eve in downtown Youngstown, December 31. Proceeds from the sale of the buttons help to compensate participating performers.

The FNY 2014 Admission Button
 The second in a series of button designs that highlight downtown Youngstown's historical buildings and architecture, the design depicts the Youngstown Parking Garage building, which is located at 23-27 W. Boardman St., on the south east corner of West Boardman and Phelps Streets. 
It was designed by Richard Tauro of Niles. Richard works in instructional media and graphic design at Scribblers Media, Inc., where he serves as president.  

To learn more about the artist and the building, go here


First Night Youngstown, Inc., 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 405, Youngstown, OH 44503
Phone/ Fax: 330-744-9966. Email: infofirstnightyoungstown@netzero.net.

FNY Founders: The Arts Council of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Inc. 
and the City of Youngstown, OH.

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