South Bend, Ind. Hundreds of residents have been diving into their creative side to help brighten the streets of Downtown South Bend.
And after months of hard work, the 80 winning designs were unveiled today for the Seventh Annual Festival of Banners.
Every spring, the South Bend Museum of Art invites the community to create a banner that celebrates the arts.
This year's theme was "drip drop."
Artists of all ages were asked to illustrate what our most precious natural resource of water means to them.
The museum received a record 400 entries and the best were chosen to decorate the city.
“This was the first year we had an environmental theme, which really I think has a broader global think, and people learned a little bit about water in the process and also had an interesting challenge trying to give something like water a voice, or an image or a shape,” said Candie Waterloo, Festival of Banners Chairwoman.
Annie Maher won first place in the youth category.
“I was depicting how the St. Joseph River is really what attracted life in South Bend and showing how so many great things happen in South Bend and how it's a wonderful place,” she said.
The banners will be on display downtown through Oct. 4 along Jefferson Boulevard and Wayne and Michigan streets.