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) previously announced a call for artists to create a permanent replacement panel on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.
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 on Saturday, May 19 from 1–3 p.m. at Central Church of Christ, 101 South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, 14608.
Complete submission guidelines and details about the selection process are available at rmsc.org/carousel.