The Detroit Institute of Arts and the organizer of a public outreach effort called Let's Save Michigan think the economically battered state needs a little inspiration.
They want people to create posters in the fashion of Works Progress Administration artwork of the Great Depression to rally Michiganders to revive the state, which has the nation's highest unemployment rate.
A contest began this week that accompanies an exhibit at the museum titled "Government Support for the Arts: WPA Prints from the 1930s." Entries are being accepted until Feb. 15 on the Let's Save Michigan Web site.
Judges will pick 25 finalists and the public will pick the winner.
There's a $1,000 top prize. Let's Save Michigan is supported by the Michigan Municipal League.