The City of Lebanon is asking local artists to submit banner artwork for display on city-owned light poles along 8th Street.

The public art and beautification project will add “highly visible” banners between Chestnut and Cumberland streets to “add to the vitality of the City, help create an arts-enriched environment, and showcase local talent,” according to a press release from community & economic development administrator Janelle Mendoff.

“Think big, bold, bright, and understandable, will be seen by people driving cars,” the release says.

The “Arts on 8th” banners should “celebrate the beautiful people, community, history, landscape and artists in Lebanon, PA,” the “Call for Artists” explains. Selected artwork will be digitally printed on vertical, 30-inch by 60-inch banners made of a high-quality vinyl and will be hung in the city for a year.

“We are seeking designs that the public will perceive in a positive manner,” Mendoff explains in the release. “We encourage artists to consider images that play with Lebanon’s unique, historic downtown context. Ideas could include representations of the Lebanon City, such as its culture, community, and heritage to provide positive, welcoming visuals.”

Banner concepts must be “original and one-of-a-kind,” the release says. Submissions must be family-friendly, appropriate for all ages, and must not contain any words or objectionable imagery. “They also cannot be used for commercial advertising or display of personal messages or used to promote political or religious organizations or issues or viewpoints. Business names, logos, branded tags, acronyms, or trademarks are prohibited.”

Artists submitting work must live in Lebanon County.

Images may include digital versions of existing artwork, artworks that are created digitally (for example, photographs), and digital images of three-dimensional artworks (such as sculptures and furniture) that can be converted to a two-dimensional format.

Proposals must be received no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. Submissions must be labeled “Banner Proposal” and delivered to Mendoff at 735 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042, or by email to

The Design Review Committee will meet on May 8 to review submissions, with work commencing with selected artists for final design and fabrication on May 10. Banners are expected to be installed in June.

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