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Saturday, May 2, 2015

duCret student wins Art Festival logo contest

Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and duCret student Lauren Nazco
show off her winning logo design for the Queen City Art Festival.
Also pictured (l. to r.) are Lauren's mother; Frank Falotico, Director of duCret School of Art; and Phil Laskowski, Graphic Arts instructor.

On behalf of the Adrian Mapp Civic Association, Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp recently awarded duCret School of Art student Lauren Nazco an honorarium of $200 for winning a design contest for a logo for the Queen City Art Festival.

Lauren is a freshman at duCret, which for more than 75 years has prepared aspiring artists for careers in the fine and commercial arts fields. Founded in 1928, the school has been located in the former Wardlaw School property since 1977.

Mayor Mapp has committed the City of Plainfield to continuing the Plainfield Outdoor Festival of Art, which is slated to mark its 51st year on Saturday, July 11. Council approved the festival at its February 9 meeting.

Under Mayor Mapp's leadership, the event is being reinvigorated and rebranded with a new name, the "Queen City Art Festival," a new location, the main train station plaza on North Avenue, and returns to its original July weekend.

"It is a real pleasure to acknowledge the cooperative effort between the City and duCret to help foster both our aspiring young artists and this treasured community event," said Mayor Mapp.

The art festival, founded by the Central Jersey Chamber of Commerce, was taken over in recent years by the City. The renewed festival is the responsibility of the City's Division of Parks and Recreation, with Superintendent Veronica Taylor personally overseeing this year's relaunch.

For more information about participating in this year's festival, call the Division of Recreation at (908) 753-3097. More information about duCret School of Art can be found at their website at

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