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“Sea Venice” is a public arts project with all proceeds going to the Venice Art Center to support our programs, promote the arts and tourism for the community of Venice FL. Local artists, in partnership with “Sea Venice” sponsors, will create unique designs for 20 fiberglass dolphins and 20 fiberglass sea turtles. These roughly six foot statues will be adorned by the most talented artists in our region. We will match sponsors to artists and a plaque will be placed at the base of each sculpture to indicate the name of the sponsor, artist and the animal’s individual name. The statues will appear in approved locations in Venice on city streets, parks, lobbies, businesses, etc. There will also be multiple public activities, fundraisers and entertaining events associated with this project.

Sea Venice will be the second public art display of this nature which the Venice Arts Center has produced. These events are modeled after "Cows on Parade", which occurred in Chicago in 1999. More than 65 cities followed suit with similar campaigns and each experienced an increase in tourism, individual business revenue and community participation. The 2004-2005 "Pigs in Paradise" Venice Art Center public arts display was a large success and accomplished all of these goals. The Venice Art Center will utilize this successful experience coupled with new and innovative ideas to make Sea Venice a greater success.

The official media sponsor will be the Venice Gondolier. Sponsors can choose from a variety of ways to give. There will be different levels of sponsorship starting at $2500 to sponsor an individual dolphin or sea turtle. (The sculptures remain the property of the Venice Art Center until they are formally auctioned off.) Information and options for sponsorship are on the attached application.

Artists will be paid $600 to paint or otherwise embellish one fiberglass sculpture. (The sculptures remain the property of the Venice Art Center and the Venice Art Center retains all rights to reproduction and images in the use of promotional materials.)

For more information contact the project coordinator, Paul Moseley at 941-484-7662 or Mary Morris at the Venice Art Center at 941-485-7136.