Category Archives: CoSign Project Report

An ongoing project that educates business owners and artists and produces tangible results in the form of new signage for local business districts.

CoSign: Educating Artists and Business Owners

29 November
CoSign Covington - A Shop for Gentlemen
Written by American Sign Museum Founder, Tod Swormstedt.  Photos courtesy Queen City Project. The museum continued its educational outreach objectives in completing the third segment of CoSign, a nationally funded program.  This past September 28, we unveiled nine new signs for Covington, KY area businesses in conjunction with the annual Art Off Pike celebration.  This third segment represented a departure from the two previous CoSigns.  For the first time the project moved out of the trendy Northside area of Cincinnati...

Calling all artists and Covington KY business owners: deadlines are fast approaching for participating in CoSign Covington!

8 April
  CoSign is on its way to Covington!   From Soapbox Cincinnati:   “On March 27, the American Sign Museum launched its second round of its CoSign project in Covington. The project area is the 400-900 blocks of Madison Avenue, and Seventh and Pike streets between Madison and Washington. “The project will last six months, with the unveiling of the new signs on Art off Pike’s 10th anniversary on Sept. 28. “CoSign offers a unique opportunity for artists and designers to create...

CoSign Does It Again!

16 January
CoSign 2013 Unveiling
  We’ve written extensively about the CoSign project (see our blog posts under the ‘CoSign Project Report category), and won’t repeat ourselves.  Suffice it to say in 2013 we received funding from ArtPlace America to continue CoSign in 2013 (Northside community of Cincinnati) and again in 2014 (nearby Covington, Kentucky) and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome this past year! Using the lessons learned in 2012, CoSign launched in June by inviting business owners, artists, and fabricators to participate...

CoSign Marches On

18 September
Participating business owners unveiled their new signs on Black Friday - Northside's Shop Local Day
The ten winning designs have been selected for the lucky ten Northside businesses that will receive signs through the CoSign project.  They are being submitted to the City of Cincinnati with the expectation that permits will be issued in September.  A slate of fabricators are eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to begin construction of the 10 projecting signs, which will be unveiled one-by-one on the morning of Black Friday during Northside’s annual “Shop Local” celebration. The project began in mid-June with a Call to Artists in conjunction with a...

Press Release: Covington KY Receives NEA Grant to Support CoSign Project

28 July
CoSign provides yet another bridge between Cincinnati and Covington
National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 Our Town Grant Recipients Covington Arts one of 59 projects selected nationwide COVINGTON, KY— The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 59 Our Town grant awards totaling $4.725 million and reaching 34 states in the Our Town program’s third year of funding.  Covington Arts is one of those grantees and will receive $50,000 to support CoSign, an initiative to generate artist-designed retail signage in downtown Covington. Through Our Town, the NEA supports...