On behalf of the Mapp Civic Association, Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp awarded duCret School of Art student Lauren Nazco an honorarium of $200 for winning a logo design contest for the upcoming 'Queen City Art Festival'. Lauren is a freshman at duCret, NJ's oldest art school and art center that for more than eight decades, has prepared aspiring artists for careers in the fine and commercial arts fields. Founded in 1928, the school has been located in the former Wardlaw School property since 1977.
In the recent year, Mayor Mapp committed the City of Plainfield to continuing the Plainfield Outdoor Festival of Art, which marks its 51st year on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Under Mayor Mapp's leadership, the event has been re-branded with a new name, the "Queen City Art Festival," and given a new location, which will be at the main train station plaza on North Avenue.
"It is a real pleasure to acknowledge the cooperative effort between the City and duCret to help foster both our aspiring young artists and this treasured community event," said Mayor Mapp. The art festival, founded by the Central Jersey Chamber of Commerce, was taken over in recent years by the City. The renewed festival is the responsibility of the City's Division of Parks and Recreation, with Superintendent Veronica Taylor personally overseeing this year's relaunch.
For more information about participating in this year's festival, call the Division of Recreation at (908) 753-3097. More information about duCret School of Art can be found at www.ducret.edu/.