WE BELIEVE THAT PUBLIC ART CAN INCREASE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

On May 19th, 2015 Philadelphia was ready for a change. On that day, thousands of people marched to their polling places, and made a decision that would impact Philadelphia until 2019.

They made theirs voices heard! They VOTED!

Except that they didn’t. Only 27% of registered voters turned out for the Mayoral primary. 27% of Philadelphia made a huge decision for the other 72% of us because 72% of us just didn’t show up…

…or they got lost.

In Philadelphia, many polling places are difficult to find, hidden deep in the recesses of schools, churches, and community centers located on side streets. The required paper signage identifying polling places must only be posted by the entrance of each location, which means they are often out-of-view for anyone on the sidewalks. These frustrations may be decreasing voter turnout.

So what if we made beautiful and functional signs that showed people where to go on Election Day?

Can art effect change, and can artists help get Philadelphians out to their polling stations? We aim to find out, and we want you to join us.

Join us in making Philadelphia a place where voting is easier and more enjoyable.

WHO IS WORKING ON THIS?



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LANSIE SYLVIA
Project Director
A tornado of curls, sparkles, and great ideas. Senior Strategist at J2 Design Partnership and Founder of Philly Give & Get.

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CONRAD BENNER
Community Catalyst
Born and raised in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Photojournalist. Lover of street art, graffiti, and urban exploration. Founder of StreetsDept

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Knight Cities

WHO IS MAKING ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE?

In 2015, Next Stop: Democracy! was supported by the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation as part of the Knight Cities Challenge. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

In 2016, with funding from the Citizen University ‘Joy Of Voting’ initiative, our 60 “Vote Here/Aqui” artist-created signs from last year will be joined by fabulous new posters created by three incredible Philadelphia-based artists.

That means that every polling location in Philly will be welcoming voters with either a NSD sign or poster – or both!

WHO IS HELPING US?

Next Stop: Democracy! is being executed by Here’s My Chance, a Philadelphia-based creative agency that builds good brands by design. We will be working with arts programs and galleries around the city to involve our local creative community. Huge high-fives to Young Involved Philadelphia and the Committee of Seventy for teaching us about Philadelphia’s election challenges and opportunities. Our official media partner is Philly Voice.

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