About the 10x10
Our 2016 10x10 Poster featuring the Publicity Contest winning painting, "Picket Fence" by Jillian Herrigel and our generour local Sponsors.
The 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale is one of the most anticipated events in the midcoast region. More than 30 businesses sponsor the event, local restaurants donate food that is served by junior high students, the Frontier Café offers refreshments, upwards of 600 people attend the 10x10 each year. Many of the artists are on hand to discuss their work. The event is fun, the food is delicious, and the art is terrific. The 10x10 is truly a rare instance where the community comes together to support local school enrichment programming.
The 10x10 is the primary fundraiser for Arts Are Elementary (AAE). Without the annual 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale, AAE could not provide its programs to the Brunswick elementary schools.
AAE is a 36 year-old Brunswick non-profit institution, started in 1980 by a group of teachers, parents, and artists who understood there was room to incorporate the arts in regular elementary classrooms.
The mission of AAE is to spark curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through arts integration in all Brunswick elementary schools and to raise awareness of the arts in the local community.
AAE provides an independent professional artist residency to every K-5 class in Brunswick. The resident artists offer in-depth opportunities for the students to explore how the arts can be assimilated in all aspects of learning. Each residency ties directly to the classroom curriculum, thus enhancing the learning that is already taking place, just in a new way through a wide range of arts. By the fifth grade, a Brunswick elementary school student will have had a wide array of AAE arts experiences. Every year AAE exposes 1200 students to the diversity of the arts, inspires teachers to engage through the arts, and brings the community together by sponsoring art events.
AAE delivers these programs at no cost to the participants. So how does AAE pay for these terrific programs? Some critical local support comes from the Brunswick School Department, the parent groups at each school, and individual donors. But the primary sources of funding are the local businesses that sponsor, and the 100s of people who attend and buy art at, the annual 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale (the 10x10).
For the past 9 years AAE’s 10x10 Steering Committee has produced the gala 10x10 event at which 300 works of original art, created by over 175 Maine artists, are on sale. The proceeds are split evenly between AAE and the artist.
Some artists who complete their pieces early submit images of their work for consideration in the 10x10 publicity contest. From approximately 45 submissions, the Committee chooses 3 contest winners. The top choice becomes that year’s representation in all 10x10 publicity, including the poster, postcards, programs, advertisements, Facebook and website. In 2016, all three contest winners were sold at Silent Auction both online and at the event. We plan to continue this new tradition at our 2017 Event.
We are excited to add three new sizes this year -- artists may now submit work measuring 8x10 ($200 plus tax), 10x10 ($200 plus tax), 12x12 ($250 plus tax), or 12x24 ($300 plus tax).
We are thrilled that Brunswick artist Prentiss Weiss has agreed to provide this year's art raffle piece. Raffle tickets will go on sale this summer and the winner will be announced at our 10x10 Art Exhibit and Sale on Friday, September 29th.
Finally, we are adding a new twist this year with a silent auction of ceramic, glass, sculpture, music, jewelry, and/or written works.