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What is CoSign?

The CoSign project is a collaboration among the Historic Valley Junction Foundation, American Sign Museum, City of  West Des Moines, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Main Street Iowa, Bravo Greater Des Moines, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the local community to design and install a critical mass of new business signage in the Historic Valley Junction business district to increase economic activity in the community. The signage will be created by a unique partnership of teams consisting of a small business owner, a visual artist and a professional sign fabricator, all coordinated through the leadership and expertise of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation.

How does it work?

CoSign will facilitate the pairing together of small business owners interested in new signage and local artists interested in submitting sign proposals. Business owner/artist team collaborate with expert sign fabricators during a rapid prototyping workshop to solidify their final designs. A jury chooses the top 10 teams based on originality, relative improvement and need to move forward to fabrication.

Upon selection, each business owner/artist team works with a sign fabricator to ensure their design can be produced on time and within budget. CoSign funds the majority of the costs associated with commissioning, producing, permitting, and installing a sign.

All 10 signs were unveiled on Friday, October 6 as the kick-off to Fall Gallery Night.

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CoSign Goes National!  Check out the video below:

To learn more about CoSign, watch the following videos:
CoSign 1.0
CoSign 2.0


Check for information and updates for businesses here.

Funding for this project is provided in part by:

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Main Street Iowa - 2016  Bravo Greater Des Moines - 2016

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The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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