American Sign Museum

Funding Received: 2013
Cincinnati, OH
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months
November 26, 2013

The business owners of Spun Bicycles discuss their sign with their fabricators

CoSign is gearing up to celebrate the unveiling of 9 new signs in the Northside neighborhood. Our signs are nearing completion, and we are excited to share them with the community. This month has been focused on education and exploration. The artists are always central to the CoSign process, and we want CoSign to be an opportunity for artists to expand their skills and evolve from an artist/designer into a sign fabricator if he or she is interested in that path. We have had artists able to expand into sign fabrication after participating in the first round of CoSign. So, this month we intentionally brought together artists, fabricators and business owners to the fabricator’s studio to follow the sign through the process and explore the fabrication process a little deeper. It was amazing to see the signs discussed in more detail and the artists able to explore the entire process of sign fabrication.

Recent Wins
There has been a lot of good news in Northside recently. The mayor of Cincinnati recently visited to celebrate the construction of a new mixed-use space that is projected to have a large impact on the Northside business district.

CoSign wrote an article in the local neighborhood publication the Northsider to discuss last year’s achievements and build excitement for the CoSign unveiling. The article can be found on pages 10-11. Our unveiling event, occurring at the end of the month, is designed to bring individuals into the Northside Community for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. This event is really designed with the idea of how to create the biggest impact for the neighborhood.

Managing a program with so many moving parts always brings some hiccups; things don’t always go according to plan. We have recently run into a situation that has been unexpected and challenging. We have a building that is the process of being sold in a non-traditional fashion. The building owner is responsible for filing certain paperwork with the City to receive a sign and due to the sale it hasn’t been a straightforward process. But, the reason we are able to successfully work through it, is our strong relationships with the City. We have had a wonderful experience working with our City officials and cannot say enough about the power of this partnership. It has cleared many hurdles, bringing CoSign continued success.