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Sign Program for Businesses Likely Coming to Covington in 2014

A program designed to educate people on the value and components of good signage won funding in May and will likely be brought to Covington in 2014.

CoSign, a collaboration between the American Sign Museum and the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, was awarded $200,000 in grant money from ArtPlace America on May 20. CoSign was one of 54 projects to win a grant out of more than 1,200 applications, according to a news release. 

CoSign is the brainchild of the sign museum's founder Tod Swormstedt, and Eric Avner, Senior Program Manager for Community Development of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. / U.S. Bank Foundation, known more simply as the Haile Foundation.  Last year, with funding from the Haile Foundation, they piloted their vision of bringing together artists, fabricators, and small businesses from the Northside community of Cincinnati.  Their goal was to educate participants on the value and components of good signage and to actually create new signage for several businesses within the community.  The project was a great success, the museum said, with eleven new signs unveiled on Black Friday.  Read about the CoSign pilot project here.

Since then, Avner has visited various places across the country to present the CoSign project. Part of the next round of projects will include developing a toolkit for others to use in implementing similar projects in their own communities.

The ArtPlace funding, along with an additional $150,000 from the Haile foundation will give CoSign the opportunity to expand on last year’s pilot project.  The project will continue its focus on Northside with the goal being to unveil motr new signs on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. 

Plans are also in the works for working in Covington in 2014. Approximately ten businesses in the city will get new signs designed by artists and built by fabricators.

“This is really exciting news”, said Avner, “it gives our work a national profile, and it will enable the Sign Museum to roll out CoSign two more times (at least) and to create a toolkit to help other communities (locally or nationally) to replicate it.”

More information: CoSign Cincy

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