The Grand Street BID will again host the event this year, as 12 storefronts along the corridor, from Dr. Diogenes Amonte at 608 Grand St. to Camporese Hardware at 771 Grand St., will participate with nearby high school art students to bring some holiday cheer.
The Green School, the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, Progress High School and the High School for Architecture and Design are among the schools participating in the competition.
“We are very excited to bring this event back bigger and better this year. The businesses have been very supportive as well,” said Artineh Havan, executive director of the Grand Street BID. “It’s just a great way to highlight our neighborhood by creating an opportunity for the community, the youth and the businesses to come together for the holidays and support one another.”
Students will install their designs one day before the competition.
Progress High School art teacher Damon Wiggins and his students took part in the competition last year, and said he looks forward to bringing out the kids this year to explore their creative sides once again.
“The greatest gift an art teacher can receive is watching their students discover their creativity and develop confidence with their newly discovered abilities,” Wiggins said.
Aside from spreading holiday cheer, Wiggins said students more importantly gain a sense of individuality from the competition.
“As my colleague and co-teacher for the project, Ms. Daisy Schiff, says, ‘once a student finds their inner artist, they begin to find themselves,’” he said.
The community is invited to vote on their favorite storefronts and the winning student design will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local art store.
There will also be free face painting, a scavenger hunt for the kids along with discounts and special offers from participating stores.
“This event has helped the students see that hard work, problem solving and collaboration can create something wonderful, and that the greatest gift they can receive is a sense of pride and accomplishment,” Havan said.