It is not unusual to find lots of shrimp on Amelia Island, but lately, some very unique ones have popped up all over town.Micah’s Place has unveiled a community art project called Shrimp Expression. So far, there are nine shrimp in different places on the island and more will be making their debut this summer.
Shrimp Expression is a community art project where local artists have decorated shrimp. These colorful seas creatures are not your everyday catch, these jumbo shrimp are four foot, three inches tall and were created to benefit Nassau County Florida’s only certified domestic violence center, Micah’s Place.
This unique project focuses on shrimp because Fernandina Beach is the “Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry” and home to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Our small island paradise is all about shrimp!
There will be different contests and prizes during the months of June, July, August and September. The grand prize drawing in October 2010 will be Day Park Hopper tickets for a family of four to Walt Disney World. Also in October, the shrimp sculptures will be available for purchase and auctioned off at an aptly named, Shrimpalation Celebration. Tickets for the auction will go on sale in August.
Take a look at this video and we will show you the nine shrimp that are on display, but we won’t tell you where they are located because we don’t want to give away too many details. Print the map and enter the scavenger hunt or find a shrimp that looks like you and enter the “look alike” contest.All of the money raised will go to Micah’s Place, but Shrimp Expression serves other purposes, too.
This project also supports and promotes our local artists and the novelty of these beautiful whimsical works of art help to support the tourism initiatives of our community.
The Micah’s Place mission is to provide prevention and intervention services to victims of domestic violence and to provide education throughout the community to affect change in behavior and attitudes relating to domestic violence.
Micah’s Place offers safe, confidential shelter, advocacy, a 24-hour toll-free hotline, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups to victims of domestic violence. All services are free and confidential.
A map of the shrimp’s habitat and all of the different contests and their rules and details can be found on www.shrimpexpression.com. For more information about Micah’s Place, please visit www.micahsplace.org or call 491-6364.