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The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) closes the gap in access to the arts for all Philadelphians and is committed to equitable support of culture and creativity throughout the city’s neighborhoods. OACCE supports free cultural programming; creates opportunities for local artists and creative organizations; connects Philadelphians to quality arts experiences; and preserves the City’s public art assets.

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The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has partnered with the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend to launch a design competition for local artists to submit shirt designs for three races that will occur during Philadelphia Marathon Weekend, November 19-21, 2021.  We are seeking designs for the following races:

  • AACR Philadelphia Marathon
  • Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon
  • Rothman Orthopaedics 8K

Philadelphia-based artists may submit one front-of-shirt design to be considered for each race. Designs should be unique to each of the three races; however, the artists are not required to submit a design for all three races.

The artists of the winning design for each race will have their design featured on the associated race shirt and will each receive a $3,000 prize.

The deadline to submit design proposals is Friday, August 6 before 5:00 p.m. The competition winners will be announced on Monday, August 16.

DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS

Dimensions:

Note that design proposals should be for front-of-shirt only. Dimensions for each design are 9" height, 10" width.

Logos:

Each of the three distinct shirts must incorporate the associated sponsor logo linked below. We ask that artists use the logos in white as the shirts will be color. EPS files are provided for artists to convert to white. Artists should not alter the logo layout. 

  • AACR Philadelphia Marathon Logo
  • Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon Logo
  • Rothman Orthopaedics 8K Logo

Colors:

Official marathon colors are Pantone Blue 293 (#0051BA), Pantone Red 1795 (#D62828) and white. Artist designs should use these colors to follow official brand standards.

Other Information:

Shirts will be 100% performance polyester moisture wicking material vs. tri-blend or cotton fabric. Designs with thin lines work best to allow the shirt to breath. Designs should avoid ink heavy zones for printing and wear purposes. Designs should include the year of the races, 2021. 

About the Philadelphia Marathon

The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend has grown tremendously since the first race in 1994. What started as a small local event of just 1,500 participants has become one of the top-10 marathons in the country. The beautiful and scenic course takes runners past historic landmarks, through urban neighborhoods, and along Philadelphia's picturesque waterfronts.

Each year, spectators line the course, eager to cheer on runners, because there's nothing Philadelphians love more than champions.

Race Weekend 2021 features the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 21; the Dietz & Watson Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Orthopaedics 8K and Dunkin' Munchkin Run on Saturday, November 20; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20. For more information about the Philadelphia Marathon visit philadelphiamarathon.com.

Questions? Contact carrie.leibrand@phila.gov.

The Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Culture in Neighborhoods (CIN) provides funding to support a Philadelphia cultural organization or entity who is presenting a free, family-friendly arts activity or event in Philadelphia.

The applicant for CIN funding should be the cultural organization or entity planning the free arts activity or event. The applicant must provide information about the free arts activity or event. Supported cultural organizations and artists must be Philadelphia-based.

Proposals must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance of event date. Funding maximum is $2,500. Funding will go directly to the cultural organization or entity presenting the arts activity or event.

OACCE provides Neighborhood Arts Programs through Creative Avenues, Culture in Neighborhoods, and the Call for Creative Talent. Through these initiatives, OACCE supports local artists and arts organizations to present free, family-friendly cultural activities in public spaces throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, art making, and much more.

Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest in the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Neighborhood Arts Programs.

The Call for Creative Talent is a registry of cultural organizations, ensembles, arts groups and individual artists to submit their interest in participating in Neighborhood Arts Programs. By registering with the Call for Creative Talent, you will ensure you receive any opportunities from OACCE’s Neighborhood Arts Programs.

OACCE provides Neighborhood Arts Programs through Creative Avenues, Culture in Neighborhoods, and the Call for Creative Talent. Through these initiatives, OACCE supports local artists and arts organizations to present free, family-friendly cultural activities in public spaces throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, art making, and much more.

Questions? Email creativephl@gmail.com.

The Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy’s (OACCE) Creative Avenues (CA) provides funding to support the arts program or cultural activity at free community initiatives in Philadelphia.

The applicant for CA funding should be the artist or cultural group who is providing the cultural component to the free community initiative. The applicant should provide information about their practice, the free community initiative, and the cultural activity that the CA funds will support. Supported artists must be Philadelphia-based.

Proposals must be submitted at least four (4) weeks in advance of event date. Funding maximum is $2,000. All CA funding will go directly to the artists or cultural group. CA funding cannot be used for other expenses related to the community initiative.

OACCE provides Neighborhood Arts Programs through Creative Avenues, Culture in Neighborhoods, and the Call for Creative Talent. Through these initiatives, OACCE supports local artists and arts organizations to present free, family-friendly cultural activities in public spaces throughout Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. These neighborhood arts programs include theatrical and musical performances, film screenings, dance instruction, art making, and much more.

Questions? Contact creativephl@gmail.com.

Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy