Greater Cincinnati: Where it all began
CoSign is a program created by the American Sign Museum in partnership with the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation. An award-winning program it has received additional funding support from ArtPlace for America and the National Endowment for the Arts. The initial concept was developed and tested in the Greater Cincinnati area and implemented three times in successive years between 2012 - 2014.
Northside 1.0 - 2012
The Initial CoSign created 11 signs in Northside - a very progressive community characterized by small, locally-owned businesses.
Northside 2.0 - 2013
The program was repeated the following year and debuted nine additional signs along the Northside business corridor.
Covington - 2014
In 2014, CoSign moved across the river to Covington, KY whose business district presented a very different scenario. Eight signs were completed.
CoSign National Program
After regional testing of CoSign was finished, the team at the American Sign Museum began putting their heads together to figure out how far CoSign could go. We created a how-to manual and put together an educational program that could be taught to communities throughout the country....and maybe even world-wide!
In the fall of 2016, CoSign launched it's national pilot program. Two communities successfully completed the program in the fall of 2017.
Iowa City, IA
In partnership with the Iowa City Development District, Iowa City was the first to complete the national pilot program and the first time we worked with a business improvement district. Fast and furious, Iowa City completed 12 new signs in August of 2017.
Historic Valley Junction - West Des Moines, IA
Valley Junction is a beloved shopping district located outside of downtown West Des Moines. Spearheaded by the Historic Valley Junction Foundation, an award winning National Main Street community design and installed 10 new signs on a crazy rainy day in October of 2018.