Banner Program

BANNER PROGRAM GUIDELINES

I. Introduction

      A. Purpose of the Banner Program
      B. Banner Advisory Committee

II. Regulations for Participation in Banner Program

      A. Eligibility
      B. Banner Content
      C. Design Approval
      D. Banner Size and Features
      E. Banner Placement and Cost
      F. Banner Display Schedule
      G. Number of Banners
      H. Storage and Liability
      I. Ownership Responsibility
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I. introduction
      A. Purpose of the Banner Program

The purpose is to enhance and beautify the Central Business District, to add color and excitement to downtown Columbus, and to aid in the promotion of cultural and civic events.

      B. Banner Advisory Committee

The Banner Advisory Committee is an ad-hoc committee of the Mayor, which reports directly to the Board of Public Works. The committee shall consist of at least five members, including the Community Development Director, and appropriate representatives of existing beautification task forces, art leagues, and special committees.
This group shall review banner artwork before banners are ordered, and approve or modify banners according to the provisions outlined below. The committee shall report on an as-needed basis to the Board of Public Works regarding requests to display special event banners. The committee shall meet as required to perform its duties.

II. Regulations for Participation in Banner Program

      A. Eligibility

Banners must represent or promote non-profit cultural or civic events, or activities of general public interest. Examples include:
Popfest
Homes Tour
White River Park State Games
Ethnic Expo
Fair on the Square
United Way
Columbus Tennis Classic
unCommon Cause
Visitors Center/IMAC Exhibits
Banners will not be displayed for the following purposes:
Commercial Advertising
Political Candidates, Issues, or Parties

      B. Banner Content

Banner design must be generic in nature, graphically or symbolically representing or depicting the event. Since banners will be observed from a distance, frequently by motorists, it is strongly recommended that the design be bold and simple. Messages should be kept to a minimum and generally announce an event without specific dates, locations, times, etc.
In consideration of the public benefit, the prime sponsor(s) of a cultural or civic event or activity of general public interest may be given sponsorship credit.
The sponsorship credit shall be tastefully incorporated in the banner design. No telephone numbers or similar forms of advertising are permitted.
Sponsor criteria: Located in the lower one-quarter (1/4) of the banner. The lettering can not be larger than 2 inches in size. The words "Sponsored by:" should be included.
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      C. Design Approval

The preliminary graphic design of the banner will be jointly reviewed by the sponsoring organization and the Banner Advisory Committee. A dimensional color artwork drawing (minimum size 3" x 9") is to be submitted for preliminary approval. THE BANNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MUST APPROVE THE FINAL GRAPHIC DESIGN. Banners must be well maintained. Maintenance will be at the discretion of the Banner Committee.

      D. Banner Size and Features

The banner shall be constructed of rip stop nylon or a minimum 15 oz double-faced smooth weave vinyl.
WASHINGTON STREET
Banner size is 31" in width and 94" in height after fabrication. A 5 ½ in loop hem must be sewn in the top of the banner (for threading on the upper banner arm), and a 1 ½ in hem sewn in the bottom of the banner with four grommets placed on the bottom hem (for fastening to bottom banner arm). The banners shall be double faced and have a maximum printing area of 30" x 90".

      E. Banner Placement

The banner display schedule will be presented to the Board of Works by the Advisory Committee. Banners will be placed and removed by the City's Traffic Department at the installation cost of $125. Checks shall be made payable to City of Columbus, and payment is required before banners will be displayed.

      F. Banner Display Schedule

Any organization desiring to promote its special event through use of a new banner must file an application with the Advisory Committee not less than two months (three months preferred) before the requested display date.
Organizations desiring to promote special events through use of banners previously displayed through this program must file an application with the Advisory Committee not less than one month before the requested display date.
The committee may modify the banner schedule at any time, subject to Board of Public Works approval. Typically, first priority on requested locations is given on a first come, first serve basis.
Organizations may make a brief presentation at the scheduling meetings.
Banners may be hung for two to four weeks prior to the event. Banners will be removed as soon as practical after the event.
The maximum display time may be limited to allow as many organizations as possible to participate in the program. In the event of scheduling conflicts, the length of time for banner display, the quantity of banners displayed, and locations will be at the discretion of the Committee. Organizations may display banners at the same time, but the designs and numbers must be approved for simultaneous display.

      G. Number of Banners

In order for an organization to participate in the banner program, it must be willing to provide 10 banners. The number of banners to be displayed must be approved by the committee to ensure an acceptable pattern of placement.

      H. Storage and Liability

Banners are the property of the sponsoring organization, but (when space is available) the City may store banners if requested to do so by the sponsoring organization.
The City of Columbus is not responsible for the banners while they are being displayed, hung, removed or stored.
If you chose to store your own banners: please pick them up (from the Department of Community Development) within 10 business days after they are removed or they may be discarded. Community Development will notify you when your banners are ready for pickup.

      I. Ownership Responsibility

The sponsoring organization is responsible for all costs associated with the production, printing, delivery, storage, and installation of the banners.
The Banner Advisory Committee will coordinate with and serve as liaison to the Board of Public Works and the City's Traffic Department regarding approval, scheduling, installation, and removal of banners.

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