Eleven sponsors have signed up for a new round of public art to benefit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Take Flight II, the new project, will feature hot-air balloon statues designed by local artists and placed in public places.
Last year, using a butterfly theme, a public-art project and a gala generated about $100,000 for a foundation that supports the school, said Cynthia Perini, the foundation's president. This year, the fundraising goal is $125,000.
On Thursday, supporters of the school and dozens of students gathered at the plaza next to the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown on West Washington Street to celebrate Take Flight II.
The project will start in January with a sponsorship reception.
In April, sculptures will be unveiled in the downtown Arts & Entertainment District and at City Park.
Hydro Glass Inc. is making the sculptures that artists will design, according to a press release issued by the foundation.