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Downtown Inc Announces Winners of Pole Banner Beautification Project

Sep 29, 2020 | Blog

The beautification efforts of Downtown Inc continue with the announcement of 104 new pole banners that will be placed throughout Historically Edgy Downtown York, PA, representing the work of 12 local artists. These pole banners will be installed in-kind by the City of York, the week of October 12, 2020. [Click here for photos of the installation.]

The project which began as a strategy in 2018 to implement the new Downtown York Historically Edgy brand, became a reality in the Spring of 2019 when a grant was received from the York County Community Foundation. In February 2020, a call for art was put out to gather submissions of artwork for the new Downtown York pole banner beautification project. This project was made possible thanks to a collective partnership between Downtown Inc, City of York, Market District York, Royal Square District, WeCo District, and the York County Community Foundation.

Each of the Downtown York micro-districts will have three different pole banner art designs representing the work of three different artists as well as the branding of the micro-districts in which they will be placed: Market District, Royal Square District, and WeCo District. A fourth set of pole banner designs representing three more artists, with City of York branding will be hung in front of City Hall, at the north and south gateways on George Street, and throughout areas of Downtown York not contained within the three micro-districts.

A focus group of representatives comprised of art professionals, Downtown York residents, and business owners was assembled to make the selections for the new banner art. The selection committee received a total of 54 submissions, from 23 different artists.

Congratulations to the Following Artists Whose Work was Selected:

Market District (shown L to R):


Royal Square District (L to R):

WeCo District (L to R)

Once again, congratulations to these local artists. Their work will help to continue the beautification of Downtown York as they fly over our Historically Edgy community for years to come!

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