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Christmas Card Lane - 2018 IS FULL

Christmas Card Lane - 2018 IS FULL

The Decatur Area Arts Council is hosting a new community art project for this holiday season, “Christmas Card Lane.”

This is an outdoor exhibit/competition comprised of larger-than-life 'cards' created by local artists and groups based on the theme “Holiday Season Around the World.”

The cards will be displayed in a downtown Decatur area (across from ADM Center) from November 24 to December 30, 2018.

The community will be invited to vote for their favorite card design and prize money will be awarded to the top three designs.


The Decatur Area Arts Council “Christmas Card Lane” project is open to all artists or groups (amateur or professional) regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, or physical disability. You do not have to be a Decatur resident to participate.

Application Process and Fee

  • Apply online HERE - SOLD OUT
  • Download the application at the bottom of the page.
  • $20 per card, to be submitted with a completed application.  
  • There are a limited number available... first-come, first-served.

Pick Up and Return of Cards 

  • Participants may pick up blank 'cards' starting Oct. 22 at the Decatur Area Arts Council, 125 N. Water St., Decatur, IL.  (Contact DAAC to arrange a date and time for pick up - 217-423-3189 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).)
  • Completed cards MUST be return by Nov. 21 to the Decatur Area Arts Council.

The Art Work

  • Participants will be provided with a 4’x6’ sheet of 1/2 inch thick plywood (primed with white paint) upon which to create their card design.
  • Artists must provide all needed supplies/materials other than of the wooden card.
  • All design materials must be secured to the surface in such a way to withstand winter weather and wind.
  • Participants are allowed to add elements to the card that create a 3-D effect attached securely to the plywood.
  • Designs must be winter holiday themed and suitable for public viewing by all ages.
  • Cards must be designed vertically.
  • Please note that cards will be placed approximately 20 feet from the street, so keep this in mind when considering small details to your design.
  • DAAC reserves the right to not display any card at its discretion.


  • $200 first
  • $100 second
  • $50 third
  • Prize money will be awarded within two weeks of the conclusion of the event.


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