Artistic Banners, Yard Signs Show Support For Elgin’s Essential Workers

Artistic Banners, Yard Signs Show Support For Elgin’s Essential Workers

The Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has embarked on a new short-term program working with local artists to create original artwork on banners and yard signs for public display in support of Elgin’s essential workers.

Two banners depicting health care workers and the phrase “Not all heroes wear capes” were installed at both Advocate Sherman and Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospitals in Elgin on Wednesday (June 3, 2020).

The banners, visible from the street, were created by local artist Ivette De Santiago.

The yard signs depict a variety of essential workers in other industries such as first responders, teachers, grocery workers and more. The signs also have support phrases such as “underneath it all there is hope.”

Yard signs are bilingual, with English on one side and Spanish on the other. City of Elgin staff will be installing some on public property and the remainder will be available for Elgin residents and businesses to display. The yard signs were created by local Elgin artist Adrian Mesino.

“The idea was to leverage our amazing local artistic talent and show our essential workers that we are behind them,” said Assistant to the City Manager in Special Projects and the Arts Amanda Harris. “The artists were very eager to jump on board and had draft versions to staff within a week.”

Yard signs will be available for pickup soon. The city is working with the Elgin Area Chamber and the Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin to arrange yard sign pickup locations. To request a yard sign, you can contact those organizations. When picking up yard signs, please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Follow the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and City of Elgin Facebook pages for the most updated information, or contact Amanda Harris at

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release