About 20 young artists were on hand as city officials cut the ceremonial ribbon on the annual Student Banner Project.
Colorful and creative banners, created by Saline students, were installed last week throughout downtown. 57 banners hang from the new light posts.
The theme this year is “What hometown means to me.” Children painted and colored scenes of Mill Pond Park, downtown Saline, Dairy Queen, the Davenport house, a baseball diamond, Hornet Stadium, its caring citizens and more.
Mayor Brian Marl was on hand to congratulate the artists at the ribbon cutting.
“There are 57 banners that our young people created to help beautify our town. I think it is a wonderful initiative and I want to thank everyone who entered art and everyone who was honored to have their art displayed in our downtown,” Marl said, calling for applause for the young artists.
Saline City Council member Heidi McClelland coordinated the project. She offered many thanks to the project’s supporters.
“Especially all the wonderful artists. It’s so much fun for me to get to see these (the art) and get them on the banners and put them up around town,” McClelland said.
The artwork was juried by three or four volunteers.
The project was a joint collaboration of Saline Main Street, Saline Area Schools, and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. The banners were printed by MSW.
The banners will be up for much of the summer.
“When the banners to come down they will be for sale, which funds next year’s project,” McClelland said.
Anyone interested in purchasing a banner should contact Saline Main Street Director Riley Hollenbaugh at [email protected].