American Sign Museum Expands CoSign Program Nationwide

The American Sign Museum (ASM), Cincinnati, has announced that its CoSign community-revitalization program, which partners local business owners with artists and sign companies to create new signage, is being replicated in in six cities nationwide, announced Tod Swormstedt, Executive Director of the ASM.

ASM first introduced the program in 2012 in Cincinnati’s Northside community, in which 10 businesses received free signs while working with a designer and fabricator.

Funding came from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, as well as an ArtPlace grant. A second iteration of CoSign occurred across the Ohio River in Covington, KY in 2013. That program was additionally supported by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The ArtPlace grant included the creation of a “toolkit,” so CoSign could be replicated elsewhere.

The six communities and the local sponsoring organizations are:

  • Alachua (FL) Chamber of Commerce for its downtown historic district.
  • The ArtPop Street Gallery for the Community Arts Organization in Charlotte, NC
  • Downtown Evanston, IL
  • The Historic Valley Junction Foundation in West Des Moines, IA
  • The Iowa City Downtown District
  • Uptown United Community Economic Development Organization (Chicago)

Two-day workshop for the groups will be held at the ASM in February 2017. The 6-7-month CoSign process will commence in March, with the ultimate unveiling of 10-12 signs in each community.

The 10 signs from the Northside CoSign program can be viewed online at https://visualingual.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/cosign-signage-in-cincinnatis-northside/

For more information, contact Tod Swormstedt at (513) 701-2183 or tod@americansignmuseum.org.

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