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American Sign Museum Expands CoSign Program

Six new communities set for new, artful signs.




The American Sign Museum (ASM; Cincinnati), announced the expansion of its CoSign community-revitalization program into six new cities around the US. ASM first introduced the program, in which local business owners partner with artists and sign companies to create new signage, in 2012 in Cincinnati’s Northside community. The second CoSign effort took place in Covington, KY in 2013.

Funding for this next phase came from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation, as well as an ArtPlace grant. The ArtPlace grant included the creation of a “toolkit,” so CoSign could be replicated elsewhere. The six communities sponsoring the program 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

For more information, contact Tod Swormstedt at (513) 701-2183 or




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