The Corcoran's Design Department Partners with AIGA, Worldstudio in Public Engagement Effort

January 11, 2010

The Corcoran College of Art + Design’s Graphic Design and Digital Media Design departments will partner with Worldstudio, AIGA DC, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on a large-scale urban project aiming to engage the public in Washington, D.C.’s environmental efforts.

As part of this spring’s Urban Forest Project, local artists and Corcoran students will create and plant 100 street banners throughout downtown Washington, D.C. Each banner will draw inspiration from messages relevant to sustainability, climate change, reducing our carbon footprint, and other environmental issues. The end result will be a “forest” of images in the heart of the city.

The banners will hang on city light poles this spring through Arbor Day and Earth Day. Following their exhibition downtown, they will then be recycled into unique one-of-a-kind tote bags available for purchase. Proceeds from all sales will go to the city’s non-profit environmental organizations. A collection of the banners will also be on view in the Corcoran’s Gallery31 in May.

The Urban Forest project was first executed in Manhattan’s Time Square in 2006. For more information on the Urban Forest Project, please visit