The sixth annual Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival poster will be based on the design submitted by K.S. Brenowitz, a Silver Spring resident and graphic artist. The contest was open to all residents of Montgomery County. Following their selection, Brenowitz worked with Wheaton Art Parade designer Josue Martinez of Corinto Gallery to apply the original design to the poster and for use on other promotional materials, including the T-shirt, for the event that will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, in Downtown Wheaton.The Wheaton Arts Parade & Festival will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Wheaton Triangle business district and on the Marian Fryer Plaza. The parade and festival is an opportunity for residents, artists, businesses, and civic organizations to walk together to celebrate art and Wheaton’s diverse community.
At the end of the art parade, the festival will continue with performances, art exhibits and food. More than 50 festival tents are available for artists to exhibit and sell their original artwork and for arts organizations and community organizations to promote their works and activities. For the parade, nearby roads will be closed so marchers can pull giant floats and show off their art, play music and dance. Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the parade.
“The Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival is an amazing experience that every September shows off the Wheaton community at its best,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “This is truly a home-grown event in all respects, right down to having the poster design created by a local artist. As one of the County’s Arts and Entertainment districts, there is so much for people throughout the area to discover in Wheaton and I look forward to this year’s parade and festival.”
The winning entry can be viewed on the homepage of the Wheaton Arts Parade website at https://www.wheatonartsparade.org.
As the winner of poster contest, Brenowitz will receive a cash prize of $300. The prize is donated by the Wheaton restaurants Los Chorros and IHOP restaurants—both founding sponsors of the Wheaton Arts Parade.
"IHOP is proud to support our local artists and the Wheaton Arts Parade. As a part of the Wheaton community for over 50 years, said William Moore, owner of the IHOP of Wheaton. “IHOP believes that encouraging works of self-expression and creativity gives our community a unique identity and unifies us as we open ourselves up to new ideas, views, emotions and experiences."
In addition, the sponsors will donate $100 for art supplies to a Montgomery County school selected by Brenowitz.
"Los Chorros Restaurant has served the Wheaton Community for over 33 years,” said Omar Lazo, owner of Los Chorros. “We have been a sponsor for the Wheaton Arts Parade from the very beginning and are so happy to be able to sponsor the talented artists who design the parade posters. We are so happy to support the arts in Wheaton and are excited for the continuing growth of our arts community."
Schools, community organizations and residents are encouraged to make floats for the parade. Entries must be able to be pushed, pulled, carried or worn. Performers can also be part of the parade. There is no fee to participate. The Wheaton Arts Parade organization will conduct summer workshops to help and inspire potential participants to create floats.
The arts parade organization is looking for volunteers who would like to be part of the team that produces the event, including as entertainment coordinators and stage managers. To learn more about the parade and festival, and to view videos of past parades, see the website at
Questions about the event can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.