The annual Paint the Bridge event occurs in early fall semester. Paint the Bridge is an excellent way to promote your student group and give your group presence on the bridge to thousands of students throughout the year. For more information, please review the guidelines and policies below.
Paint the Bridge is an annual event hosted by Student Unions & Activities. It is an opportunity for groups to create community by painting artwork along the interior of the pedestrian walkway on the Washington Ave Bridge. The panels serve as a platform to bring awareness to each group's activities and to promote their group/department to students. The artwork on the panel is designed and painted by the members and officers of the group.
The event will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 26 and 27, 2019 from 10:00 am and 7:00 pm on the pedestrian level of the Washington Avenue Bridge.
Currently registered student groups and University departments are able to paint bridge panels. Prior registration is required.
No, participation is free for registered student groups and University departments.
Signups for Paint the Bridge open on August 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm. The signup form will appear as a link at the top of this page.
Paint the Bridge is for currently registered student groups. Groups do not need to re-register to sign up for Paint the Bridge, but will need to re-register for the 2018-19 academic year to participate.
Upon signup, a confirmation email is sent to the main and secondary email addresses that were entered on the signup form. Contact email@example.com to verify if your group is signed up.
The signups are open until a week before the event. However, signups are first-come, first-served and often fill quickly.
Check-in for groups who signed up before the event will begin at 9:00am on Thursday, September 26. Since panels are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis you may arrive as early as you would like and wait in line before check in begins.
All currently registered student groups and University departments who signed up before the event have until 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, to claim their panels. Any panels that are unclaimed by 4:30 pm on Thursday, September 26 will be considered forfeit and made available to any currently registered student groups and University departments on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 am on Friday, September 27.
No, any alteration(s) to any panel by any person(s) outside of these designated time(s) is considered vandalism and subject to University Policy and/or local, state and federal law(s). Painting is allowed starting at 10:00 am and must stop by 6:30 pm on both Thursday and Friday, September 26-27. Also, any panels that have not had the design/painting process started by 4:30pm on Friday, September 27 will be considered to be forfeited panels by Student Unions & Activities and may not be painted by the group.
Access to electricity is limited and may be denied based on outside factors (such as weather). Groups will be notified at check-in if conditions will not allow electricity use. Event staff reserves the right to stop electricity use at any time to ensure the safety of participants and pedestrians. Should groups wish to use an overhead projector, groups must supply their own projector and extension cords. In the past, it has not been possible for all organizations wishing to use electricity to do so due to limited resources.
Student Unions & Activities will provide the following items: paint (maroon, gold, red, black, white, green, blue, brown), and foam brushes (1”, 2”, 3”, 4”). Panels are just over 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall.
Clean-up must begin by 6:30 p.m. on both days and be completed by 7:00 pm. Supplies used for painting must be disposed of or removed from the bridge by 7:00 pm each day. Groups who fail to comply with this guideline may be ineligible for panels in future years.
All painted panel(s) must prominently display the following:
Student group(s) using any University and/or University Department(s) logo(s) must have prior written approval. For further information regarding the use of University and/or University Department(s) logo(s), please refer to the Student Unions & Activities Student Group website.
Participant(s) can only paint on their assigned panel(s).
Any costs associated with paint clean up that can be connected to a registered student group will be charged to the registered student group.
All participants of Paint the Bridge are governed by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy, the Student Conduct Code, the Student Unions & Activities Student Group Policies, and the guideline(s) for Paint the Bridge (see below):
Your student group is encouraged to partner and work with other groups. Your groups are allowed to use and combine your panels together to create one image if you so choose.
These panels are an opportunity to represent your group and to attract new members to your organization. Make sure to showcase what your group is about, how students are able to get involved, as well as understand that these panels are in a public location and to consider the message you are trying to send.
We recommend that groups consider bringing the following items: stencils, masking tape, knee pads, paper towels, specialized paint brushes (if the provided foam brushes are not suitable for the group’s project), additional paint (if the paint provided is not suitable for the group’s project).
There will be paint disposal tables located throughout the bridge. Please put any remaining cups of paint on those tables for other groups to use, or dispose of paint in the white buckets located at those tables. Cups, brushes, paper towels, or any supply that has paint on it should be thrown away in the large blue trash containers.
If your group's panel is vandalized or is covered by graffiti during or after the event, your group should contact the Student Activities Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a photograph of the panel and we will help determine next steps. We will work with your group to repair your panel or repaint.