Thursday, February 10, 2011

Now’s Your Chance to Design a Downtown Banner

The City of Tacoma’s Urban Forestry Program is currently accepting applications for the Urban Forest Project, a nation-wide street banner project celebrating Arbor Day 2011.

Winning tree-themed designs will be printed on street banners and “planted" on downtown light poles as part of a forest of art along Pacific Avenue in Downtown Tacoma. The project seeks to not only raise awareness of the importance of trees in the city, but to celebrate the vibrant creative community of Tacoma.

The banners will be displayed through April and May and then recycled into unique one-of-a-kind totebags designed exclusively for the project. Proceeds from the sales of the totebags will go to EverGreen Tacoma, the city’s urban forestry program to help maintain and plant trees in Tacoma. The winning banners/artists will be showcased with artist bios on the project website. Artist names will also be included at the base of each banner they design.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to February 21, 2011. Professional, student and amateur designers, artists and architects from Tacoma and the greater Puget Sound Region are invited to submit designs. Individuals may submit more than one design. Here is more information about how to submit artwork. A panel will review submissions and select up to 100 of the submitted designs. Winners will be notified the week of February 28, 2011. Email inquiries to

Save the Date: April 2, 2011 for the banner kick-off event (and Arbor Day celebration) at Tollefson Plaza 1-4pm. Stay tuned for more details!

The Downtown Tacoma Business Improvement Area (BIA) coordinates and manages the Downtown Tacoma Banner Program.

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