The Nanaimo Art Gallery has coordinated the Festival of Banners for 24 years. The Festival promotes art in the community by bringing art to the public, providing an exciting venue for artists, celebrating community spirit, enhancing the visual environment of Nanaimo streets, and highlighting Nanaimo’s artistic talent to residents and visitors. Hand painted, originally designed banners decorate city streets from May to October. Entry forms for the Festival of Banners are available for pick up at either Nanaimo Art Gallery location, 900 Fifth Street or 150 Commercial Street. The deadline for entries is March 23, 2011. This year’s theme is Life’s Treasures.