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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4640
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Project Proposals Sought for UCM’s Eighth Annual Creative Engine

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO  (Feb. 28, 2011) – Area not-for-profit organizations can benefit from the expertise of University of Central Missouri art and graphic design students as the UCM Department of Art and Design launches The Creative Engine Monday through Tuesday, April 11-12.

In its eighth year, The Creative Engine is an annual 24-hour marathon of free graphic design assistance provided by the best and brightest of the university’s aspiring graphic designers. Proposals are being solicited for design projects such as logos, newsletters, event posters, brochures, web pages and print ads.

Not-for-profit organizations from the off-campus community should submit their proposals to the UCM Department of Art and Design for consideration by 5 p.m. Friday, March 25. Applicants will be notified of acceptance during the week of March 28 and asked to provide all relevant materials, including photos, camera ready logos and text, by 5 p.m. Monday, April 4.

Under the direction of the commercial art faculty, projects will be assigned to student creative teams for completion during the 24-hour marathon, which begins at 10 a.m. April 11 and ends at 10 a.m. April 12.

Organizations interested in submitting proposals should provide the name of the organization with a description of what service the organization provides to the community, along with a design brief detailing what the organization would like The Creative Engine to provide. Contact information, including a contact name, address, telephone number and email address also should be provided.

Completed designs will be presented to the organizations by the teams as camera-ready digital files or other suitable placement formats at a time and place of the organization’s choosing. Organizations receiving the designs are responsible for placement and use of the designs. The Creative Engine cannot be responsible for on-going maintenance of completed projects such as newsletters and web pages. All work is pro-bono and final.

“This project provides our students with the opportunity to contribute to the community,” said John Lynch, project director and associate professor of art. “It also allows them to gain valuable experience in developing a project with a client and seeing it through to completion.”

Proposals may be submitted to The Creative Engine, Department of Art and Design, Art Center 120, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO 64093. For further information, contact Lynch at 660-543-4499 or by email at or