Camilla Benning adds her own touch to the open-source mural being painted on one of the walls at a 2017 grand opening party for the new location for BICAS, Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage, 2001 N. Seventh Ave.

BICAS, a local nonprofit that focuses on bicycle education, is hosting a T-shirt and poster design contest for its annual Art Auction event.

Typically, the organization uses designs from in-house or commissioned artists, but they’re seeking input from community artists for this year’s design. 

Designs can include just about anything “as long as it fits with the theme of bicycle art,” according to BICAS’ website. For a complete list of contest guidelines, visit their contest page.

The deadline for submissions is July 1.

The contest winner will be credited on the inside tag of the T-shirt, interviewed via email and highlighted on BICAS’ social media and website. The winner will also receive a T-shirt with their design on it. 

The annual BICAS Art Auction is a fundraiser and “all-ages community bash” that features a silent auction with bicycle-inspired art, music, food and drinks, according to a press release from BICAS.

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Last year’s event at Splinter Collective featured over 100 bicycle-inspired pieces of art. The next Art Auction takes place Dec. 7. 

All funds raised from the annual Art Auction go directly to BICAS and its many community-driven programs, including its art program.

“Hand in hand with bicycle accessibility, the nonprofit’s art programming promotes local artists and lowers barriers to the arts amongst those in Tucson,” the nonprofit said in a press release.

For more information about BICAS and its programs, check out their website.

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Elvia is a journalism and history graduate from the University of Arizona. She hopes to create stories that show what makes Tucson and its community special.