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Replacing the Dentzel Carousel Panel: Call for Artists

    City of Rochester, Take It Down Planning Committee, and Rochester Museum & Science Center announce plan to complete panel replacement project


    ROCHESTER, NY—In 2016, a panel featuring racist artwork was removed from the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, N.Y. The next step in this community process is to replace the panel; the City of Rochester, Take It Down Planning Committee, and Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) today announced a call for artists to create a permanent replacement panel.

    As announced by Mayor Lovely Warren; City Council President Loretta C. Scott; RMSC CEO Kate Bennett; and Take It Down Planning Committee representatives Minister Clifford Florence and Howard Eagle, local artists are invited to submit artwork for the panel depicting a black panther. The animal is a historically important and respected symbol of elegance and strength for the Black community and others.

    To be considered, artists should deliver sketches of their proposed design and samples of other finished work to RMSC. Proposed designs must include a black panther and should be consistent with other carousel panels and unsigned. The deadline for submission is Sunday, May 13, 2018. Organizers will select finalists by Friday, May 18, and will welcome the community to vote on the finalists at Central Church of Christ on Saturday, May 19.

    Complete submission guidelines and details about the selection process are available at

    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.