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2010 Census Poster Design Competition Kick-off

“Design to Build Participation: Latino art in Minnesota”, a talk by Maria Cristina Tavera, artist and independent curator. Lecture will follow brief presentation on the Carleton College 2010 Census Poster Design Competition.

Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou Hall, room 104

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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Poster Competition Poster“Design to Build Participation: Latino art in Minnesota”
  Maria Cristina Tavera, artist and independent curator

Artists and designers in Minnesota, working to build community among Latino audiences today, keep alive graphic traditions reaching back to Jose Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) and the Cuban, Puerto Rican, Chicano and other designers featured in the Latin American Posters exhibition.

Co-sponsored by ACE (Academic Civic Engagement) and Viz (Visualizing the Liberal Arts).

Read more about Ms. Tavera on the Viz website.

2010 Census Poster Design Competition:

Design a poster to encourage participation in the 2010 Census in Rice County, Minnesota. 

Since federal and state funding for many programs is calibrated to census numbers, accurate counts provide equitable funding. Yet many immigrants, and those in temporary housing, are not counted. 

The Winning Poster Design will be printed and widely distributed around Rice County during March 2010, when forms are distributed for the April deadline.

Content:  Texts and images will encourage all residents to fill in the census form and be counted.  The census aims to count everyone regardless of legal status and results are confidential.

Languages:  English, Spanish or Somali.  Design and message should be cultural appropriate to the target group.

Inspiration:  Consult poster designs in the Carleton College Art Gallery exhibition, Latin American Posters, on view through March 11, 2010, and, Sampling the Census: Snapshots of the American Population, 1880-2010. Census Publications in Gould Library Government Documents, on view in Carleton’s Gould Library.

For more information on the Census outreach effort, and to view sample posters by Census Bureau designers, consult

Design Submission Deadline:  February 22. 

To:  Laurel Bradley, Director of Exhibitions, Carleton College.; 164 Boliou Hall.

Format: 11 x 17 inches.  Use any materials and tools (manual or digital) that result in a flat design for ease of reproduction. Submit original artwork by hand, or email a pdf to Laurel Bradley (see above). 

Design Guidelines: Bold, Clean image.  Should read from a distance.  Keep text brief and legible.  Image and text should work together. 

Prize:  $200. per category.

Posters designs will be judged by Maria Cristina Tavera, Minneapolis artist and curator, and by the public, reviewing submissions on display on the Carleton campus between February 25-28. 

Winners announced:  March 1, 2010

Eligibility:  Current Carleton students.