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Troy Streets Alive returns!

The streets of downtown Troy will come alive on Friday, May 29th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm as Troy Main Street once again presents Troy Streets Alive. The historic downtown will be teeming with artists, musicians, street sales, dancers, and other entertainment as shopkeepers and restauranteurs stay open late and offer great deals.

Each year’s event draws an estimated 3,000 people for the eight-block extravaganza.  Troy Main Street is currently looking for participating artists and musicians to line the sidewalks with their offerings. If you are interested in participating download the Artist Sign-Up Form and return it to Troy Main Street.

“This is a great event to kick-off the summer season in downtown Troy and to celebrate all of the amazing, creative businesses, artists, and musicians we have in this community” notes Katherine Hayes, Director of Troy Main Street.  

Troy Main Street is supported by the City of Troy and Troy Community Radio to bring this free public event downtown.  Troy Streets Alive is modeled after Dayton’s Urban Nights, as well as other communities’ events.  The concept has been highly successfully in many Ohio cities and towns, and throughout the US.

Penny Art Contest

Sculptures on the Square Committee, a division of Troy Main Street, is pleased to announce a Penny Art Contest in conjunction with the upcoming visit of Abraham Lincoln. Actually the 2015 Sculpture exhibit will feature Seward Johnson’s Return Visit, a 25-foot, 40,000-pound bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man. Troy will be home to the sculpture as it makes its worldwide debut and it will remain on display from May through October at the Miami County Courthouse.

Students who live or attend school in the Troy City School district and are currently enrolled in grades 6-12, are invited to create their own works of art using pennies as the main medium. Pennies must constitute at least 50% of each work. Other media may include anything, including images of pennies or penny-related imagery. Entries are welcome in four categories: Wall Art, Sculpture, Jewelry and Miscellaneous.  Students may submit one entry in each category, for a total of four entries, and each entry must be accompanied by an application, available on the Troy Main Street website.    

Entries will be accepted at Troy Main Street during normal business hours from June 15-19. Winners will be chosen by three judges from the Troy Art Community. First prizes of $100 and second prizes of $50 will be awarded in each category, with one overall $200 Best-of-Show award.

 All works submitted will be exhibited in downtown Troy businesses during Abe’s visit to Troy. Click on the icon below for the contest application. Deadline for entries is Friday, June 19, 2015.

Sculptures on the Square 2015

Return Visit is a 25 foot bronze sculpture of Abraham Lincoln and a modern-day man.  This sculpture is of monumental scale and has never been exhibited outside of the artist’s retrospective exhibit in New Jersey.   Troy, Ohio will be the first city in the world to receive the sculpture for public viewing! Return Visit will be placed on display in Downtown Troy at the Miami County Courthouse for a period of six months.

The scholars of the Lincoln Fellowship requested that Seward Johnson create a commissioned life-sized sculpture for the historic Gettysburg Plaza, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Originally, the sculptor was asked to craft a portrait of Lincoln for the square. Johnson decided that he would like to enliven the connection between Lincoln and his ideas and today’s world. He accomplished this by adding the contemporary man (rumored to be Perry Como) to the composition.  In Gettysburg, Lincoln gestures up toward the window behind which he sat to write the Gettysburg address. The address is reproduced on the bronze paper held in the modern man’s hands.  In Troy, Lincoln will be gesturing toward the historic Miami County Courthouse. The sculpture was unveiled for the first time in the spring of 2014 at the J. Seward Johnson Retrospective at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey.   

The exhibition will remain on display through October.  Previous exhibits have been available for shorter periods.

This exhibit is on loan from the Sculpture Foundation, Inc. and is made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation. Presented by Troy Main Street in partnership with the City of Troy and the Miami County Commissioners, Sculptures on the Square is a bi-annual public art exhibit in historic downtown Troy.  For further information, call 937-339-5455 or visit www.sewardjohnson.com.

405 SW Public SQ
Suite 231
Troy, Ohio 45373

(937) 339-5455


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Troy Main Street is a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to the economic revitalization of downtown Troy. The mission of Troy Main Street is to coordinate the efforts of all those working to make downtown Troy a vibrant place to live, work, play and invest.

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