A Poster Is Chosen for the Arts Stroll

By Adrian Cabreja. Reprinted from The Manhattan Times.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA) hosted its 4th annual Uptown Art Stroll Poster Contest this Mon., Apr. 9th at the Inwood Center.

Uptown Arts Stroll 2012 - Poster DesignThe poster contest kicks off what is a season of earnest preparation for the Uptown Art Stroll, which takes place through the month of June.

“I instructed the panel to choose six posters that represented the Stroll,” said Sandra A. García-Bentacourt, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NoMAA. “And they did a great job.”

Community residents and artists were invited to submit their artistic vision for what would be the defining image of this year’s Stroll. The image is replicated on all collateral for the Stroll, including posters, flyers, brochures, and on online formats.

The 18 entries that were submitted were then reviewed by a 3-member panel, who winnowed down the selections to six.

It was these final six that were voted on by all who attended the reception on Monday.

Mary Ann Wincorkowski beams after it was announced that she had won NoMAA's 2012 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest. (Photo: Isaacc García.)

Mary Ann Wincorkowski beams after it was announced that she had won NoMAA's 2012 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest. (Photo: Isaacc García.)

The evening’s reception also included an open-mic session where various artists, including rapper and emcee People, spoke and sang to the audience.

After a close vote, the winner emerged: Mary Ann Wincorkowski, a Washington Heights resident and fashion designer.

When asked about what inspired her colorful original design, Wincorkowski replied:

“Basically, I was thinking about previous posters that had won before. They were really digital and clean. I wanted to create a more organic poster that was more direct and interactive. I wanted it to seem accessible to the community.”

While Wincorkowski said she doubted she would win as she had never won anything before, her poster was clearly a crowd favorite.

“The poster is very clear. I’m in love with how the poster represents the neighborhood, how it represents the streets, the parks and even the fire hydrant. It is very community oriented and green,” said Sheena Bouchet, an uptown resident.

As for those who didn’t win, Garcia-Bentacourt had encouraging words.

“It’s not too early to begin a poster for next year,” she laughed.

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