Democrats spend $200,000 on political art

NEW YORK. Could the Clinton/Obama fight to secure the presidential nomination be clinched by a Karaoke sing-a-long? For when Democratic delegates meet in Denver from 25 to 28 August, they will be treated to $200,000 worth of “participatory” art commissioned by the city and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) host committee.

Seth Goldenberg, director of the DNC public programme Dialog:City, has asked ten artists to create work which will take place across Denver and focus on political issues. Daniel Peltz will present a Karaoke sing-along of presidential candidate speeches in bars, clubs and restaurants. The DNC has given $200,000 towards the commissions.

Meanwhile, traditional fare is planned for the Republican National Convention in early September in Minneapolis and St Paul. Exhibitions include a display of First Ladies’ inaugural gowns, a replica of the White House Oval Office, and three centuries of American flags. However, a consortium of arts groups is organising a series of projects under the name the UnConvention. “My Yard Our Message” invites individuals to submit political sign designs which online voters will rate. The favourites will be printed and installed throughout the city. Charmaine Picard

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