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Sprout to award 4 winners with prize money in T-shirt design contest

LITTLE FALLS—Sprout is looking for folks who live within 100 miles of Sprout, 609 13th Ave. NE, Little Falls, or in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties to help design four new T-shirts.

All ages are encouraged to enter the contest. The winner will receive $200 cash, $50 in market bucks, and a free T-shirt with their winning design. The contest begins Wednesday.

The T-shirt designs are meant to intrigue interest in local food, local art, cultural diversity and placemaking. Designs will be printed on Sprout-wear to help spread the word about Sprout's mission and attract guests to the food and art facility in Little Falls. Preference will be given to designs which embody the variety of cultures in the region, specifically Amish, Latino, Somali, tribal, growers and youths, which could also include the use of multi-languages.

The winning designs and the four new T-shirts will be unveiled this fall, for sale to the public at the first autumn market on Oct. 28.

The contest will help Sprout gain visibility across the region, and designers will gain recognition from their online social circles when entrants post contest submissions via social media. Entrants officially submit their designs by posting a "public" post to their Facebook, Instagram or Twitter accounts, and tagging #SproutMarketplace and #DesignContest. Official rules are online at

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T-shirt design contest is funded through a grant awarded to Region Five Development Commission by ArtPlace America's National Creative Placemaking Fund. The ArtPlace funds are providing the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace and partners the support needed to host an expansion of economic opportunities, social and cultural experiences, and learning for local growers, artists, makers, producers, chefs and the public. Sprout and partners will also build out the Marketplace's physical space over the next three years using commissioned functional art from local artists, with priority granted to Latino, Somali, Amish, grower, youth and tribal communities.

As a way of leveraging art, culture and creativity as a transformational power, placemaking is gaining popularity as a tool for mobilizing community growth and change. Sprout believes local food systems, cultural food traditions, and art are pillars of placemaking for the region. Sprout's unique partnership with Region Five Development Commission will bolster economic development through the placemaking initiatives. For more information or to participate in these Sprout activities, please visit www.SproutMN.com and follow the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace on Facebook.

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