In a recent Spotlight, I featured 4-H Exploration Days and the fact that it’s been going on for 44 years. Every year, Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development staff, led by senior program leader Judy Ratkos, put their heads together and think of a theme for the event. And every year since 1984, Marian Reiter, graphic artist in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications, comes up with a design to go with that theme. Her design is used on the 4-H Exploration Days website, on the activity guide and on the T-shirts that participants, staff and volunteers wear to the event.
Marian said, “Every year, the T-shirt design goes through intense scrutiny by a review group of 4-H members, volunteers and staff and there are usually several versions before it’s approved. Of all the projects I work on, this one probably has the toughest design critique!”
The first 4-H Exploration Days T-shirt she created featured the theme “Prepare for Tomorrow.” This year’s theme was “Share the magic of 4-H!” Marian came up with a design that reflects that theme. The design appears on the cover of the 2013 4-H Exploration Days Activity Guide (click on the link to see the design) and on a black T-shirt that was quite popular with the attendees.
So next year, when you see more than 2,000 youth and adults on campus wearing 4-H Exploration Days T-shirts, think of Marian and her creative design expertise.