Press release

CCD Unveils New Banners Created by 8 Local Artists

Contact:
JoAnn Loviglio
T 215.440.5546
jloviglio@centercityphila.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New public art welcomes back returning workers, businesses, shoppers

PHILADELPHIA (June 18, 2020) – Center City District (CCD) has retained a group of local artists to create a major display of new banners, currently being installed across Center City, to coincide with the partial reopening of businesses and the gradual return of workers and visitors to the downtown.

In all, nearly 200 vibrant banners will be installed over the next several weeks along highly visible stretches of the central business district including Market, Chestnut and Walnut streets, west of Broad Street; East Market Street; the Washington Square area; Midtown Village (13th Street), Avenue of the Arts (South Broad Street); John F. Kennedy Boulevard; and around the perimeter of City Hall. The designs were reviewed and approved by the city’s Art Commission.

CCD commissioned a diverse roster of eight local artists to each create one design for this “welcome back” effort. The talented women who designed these original works of art are Dora Cuenca, Molly Egan, Nilé Livingston, Karina Puente, Angela Rio, Miriam Singer, Gerri Spilka and Gina Triplett. 

“These new banners are one of the ways that we want to welcome back the thousands of office workers, business owners, and shoppers currently returning downtown, many for the first time since mid-March,” said CCD President and CEO Paul R. Levy. “Like our earlier initiative that added local artists’ work to temporarily boarded storefronts – dozens of which have already come down as businesses reopen – these colorful banners were designed to contribute to the spirit of recovery.”

For more than 25 years, CCD has installed banners to promote exhibitions and shows at Philadelphia arts and cultural institutions of all sizes, as well as for conventions and major civic events – all of which have been suspended due to the stay-at-home order. In 2019, CCD installed banners for 72 different groups.

The new banners were are installing this week not only signal the reopening of the city, but the expected return of arts, cultural and civic events in the near future. To help support that, the CCD is offering at no additional cost extended banner installations, beyond the typical four-week run, as well as free spots for banner clients on some Dilworth Park concourse digital screens. For more information, contact, JoAnn Loviglio at jloviglio@centercityphila.org.


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Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at www.centercityphila.org and on Facebook and Twitter.