Emerging Technology Centers Launches Mural Design and Painting Competition for MICA Students--Registration Opens Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The first ETC competition to Design and Paint a Mural inside ETC's Highlandtown Technology and Innovation Center will allow MICA students to compete for a cash award and to be the designer and painter of the mural. The theme for the mural is “Ride the ETC Wave of Innovation.”

The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers http://www.etcbaltimore.com) –Baltimore City’s award-winning technology innovation center–is creating a Mural Design and Painting Competition for MICA Students. Registration will open today, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. To register, students should go to http://www.etcbaltimore.com/mural-contest, fill out the application form and upload their mural design no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 26, 2014. Submissions can be sketches or fully realized jpegs of the design. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 28.

“We are genuinely thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to MICA’s students,” said ETC’s President Deborah Tillett. “Innovation is a driving force that has a profound effect on our lives and which drives the artistic creative process as much as it drives the development of new products and technologies. That is why we are making this connection,” she added.

Students from MICA will be competing for a $1,000 cash award that they can use for supplies, tuition or to help with their expenses. The theme for the mural is “Ride the ETC Wave of Innovation”. The murals should vividly depict Baltimore as a beautiful city and include motifs of Entrepreneurship, Technology and Connections. Artists are encouraged to experiment with multiple artistic media and be as innovative and creative as the ETC community is. If appropriate, students should incorporate inspiring quotes about entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation.

A panel of judges, made up from ETC leadership and staff, will select the winning design. Winners will be announced on 10/28 in a national press release, ETC’s website and other social media outlets. “We expect to have our first mural painted by January 18, 2014,” Tillett added. “Our new technology and innovation center in Highlandtown is a state-of-the-art facility with several walls that will eventually showcase the artwork of local student artists. Our hope is that the walls will be progressively painted with murals every year in subsequent contests.”

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About the ETC (http://www.etcbaltimore.com)
The ETC, a venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation, is a non-profit business innovation center focused on growing early-stage technology companies. The ETC promotes economic development, providing business, technical, and networking connections to help these companies grow and prosper – adding to both the job and tax base of Baltimore City.

To date, ETC client companies have raised over $1.6 billion in outside funding and created more than 2,325 creative-class jobs. Since 1999 ETC has provided assistance to over 350 companies 87% are still in business. It is estimated that in the last 18 months ETC companies have created in excess of $375.8 million in economic activity for the City of Baltimore.

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