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'Art The Vote' Reveals Eighth Billboard Artist

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Kansas City artist Karen Kay's billboard design. Her work was selected through an on-line vote.

Starting in September, more than 70 billboards across Missouri will display artworks by eight artists for a get-out-the vote initiative called Art the Vote.

Three of the billboard designs were created by Kansas City artists, including Peregrine Honig, May Tveit, and Karen Kay, whose work was announced Friday (August 1) as the selection of an on-line vote.

Sue McCollum is one of the project's organizers. "Art the Vote is a grassroots, Missouri-based unprecedented effort to get young people and young voters and members of the creative community to get engaged in the election this year," says McCollum. The group's goal is to "make sure they've registered to vote. And (that they) vote in November."

A public unveiling of the billboard artwork will take place September 5 in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City. Billboards will be posted in those cities and also along major highways and interstates in Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, Kirksville, and Springfield.

A nonpartisan political organization called the Missouri Billboard Project is sponsoring the $140,000 billboard display.

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