Every September since 2017, the Wheaton Arts Parade has brought the community together with art and celebrated our diverse cultures. Artists, schools, neighbors, community groups pushed, pulled, carried, wore and performed their art as the parade marched up Georgia Ave and around the Wheaton Triangle to a community arts festival.

This year, the Covid-19 health crisis has forced us to make a few changes. Large public gatherings are not possible, BUT WAP WILL STILL BRING ART TO THE STREETS OF WHEATON where the public can walk to it and admire it any time of day or night during a two week installation beginning September 20.

As always the Wheaton Triangle will be featured.  WAP will install 39 4ft and 8ft triangles around Wheaton, from the Westfield Mall to the new Marian Fryer Plaza to the Library/Recreation center. The triangles will be assembled as tetrahedrons and local artists will be commissioned to paint or sculpt their original work on three sides. WAP is conducting a competition to select the artists and any Montgomery County resident can enter. (See details and application.)

WAP will publish a map of Wheaton with the location of the art installations, a description of the artwork and information about the artist. And there will be another Yarn Bomb this year. WAP artists are already holding virtual workshops to crochet the colorful designs that will be stitched together and hung on lamp posts and trees near the tetrahedron installations. Join the YARN BOMB 2020 WAP GroupWe're bringing our community together with art!  Share your experience on Social Media #WAP2020.

The winner of this year's poster contest is Allyson Sanchez, a recent graduate of Albert Einstein High School (AEHS). On Saturday, June 27, Allyson Sanchez was awarded the $300 prize for the winning design for the WAP2020 poster. Presenting her with the check was IHOP Wheaton manager, Yovani Mejia, on behalf of owner William Moore who is a lifelong Wheaton resident and founding WAP sponsor. Sanchez was joined at the presentation by her parents, brothers, and grandfather. Both Mejia and Moore also are AEHS graduates.

The contest was open to all Montgomery County high school and college students. After her design was selected, Allyson met with WAP designer Josue Martinez of Corinto Gallery to see how her artwork was being adapted for the poster, t-shirt and program. Contestants were asked to create a design that celebrates art and the fun-filled spirit of a parade and art festival. They also were encouraged to design a mascot that could represent Wheaton in 2020.

Allyson has been drawing since she was three years old and for most of her young life she was self taught and always had encouragement from her family. At AEHS she studied with Ms. Dustine Hayes who urged her to enter the contest. Ms. Hayes and AEHS are founding partners in the Wheaton Arts Parade, having created many amazing floats as well as exciting dance and musical performances. Allyson will attend Montgomery College in the fall where she intends to major in graphic design and animation and plans to transfer to Towson University.

Wheaton Arts Parade is supported in part with funds from

the Montgomery County Government and the

Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

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