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Volunteers sought to create utility pole artwork

(MVA) — In cooperation with other government offices and tourism partners, the Marianas Visitors Authority is seeking volunteers to help beautify concrete utility poles throughout the Marianas with images related to island life.

Project Aligi (“aligi” means pole in the indigenous Chamorro language) has been launched to solicit and select artwork that will be painted by the volunteer artists.

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This file photo shows a visitor from South Korea and a local artist painting island images on a concrete pole in Kanat Tabla.  Photo by Bryan Manabat

The project is the collaborative result of similar ideas by MVA and the Lady Diann Torres Foundation to beautify concrete utility poles installed in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018. Meena Benavente is the project chairperson, and it is coordinated in cooperation with the Tinian Mayor’s Office, the Tinian Municipal Council, and the Rota Mayor’s Office. Additional organizing sponsors are the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., Tasi Tours, the Department of Corrections, and Pratt & Lambert Paints by Hong Ye Hardware. Paint and other supplies will be provided.

“Super Typhoon Yutu may have claimed our homes, businesses and other prized possessions, but it did not claim the spirit and hope of our community,” the program states. “Project Aligi will give local artists an opportunity to remind our people that we truly are #MarianasSTRONG,”

Pole locations include Beach Road, Pale Msgr. Guerrero Road, Airport Road, and Isa Drive. Each area has been assigned a respective theme, including ocean, history/culture, flowers, and nature.

Applications and additional details are downloadable at www.mymarianas.com/press-release-reports.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Aug. 15, 2019 for Rota and Sept. 16, 2019 for both Saipan and Tinian. Artwork submissions must include Chamorro and Refaluwasch descriptive words. Minors age 11 and older may participate with parental consent and supervision.

For more information, on Saipan contact MVA product development specialist Naomi Santos at nsantos@mymarianas.com or 664-3200, on Tinian contact MVA field office supervisor Vida Borja at vborja@mymarianas.com or 433.9365, and on Rota contact MVA field supervisor Sandra Atalig at 532-0327 or satalig@mymarianas.com.