Fancy Animal Carnival Earns International Downtown Association Merit Award


Washington, D.C. – During its 64th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas this week, the International Downtown Association (IDA) will present the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) with a Certificate of Merit Award for the Fancy Animal Carnival sculpture installation and related programming. This 2017 public art installation in DowntownDC was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category of Events and Programming, which features programs and events that improved the image and vitality of downtown.

“We are honored to be recognized by the International Downtown Association for the Fancy Animal Carnival, which not only engaged the public through the art installation, but fostered related events and programming, contests and tours that helped extend this exhibit into the community,” said BID President & CEO Neil Albert.

“The DowntownDC BID’s project received the IDA Certificate of Merit for successfully employing best practice in urban place management,” said David Downey, IDA President and CEO. “The Fancy Animal Carnival is a shining example of downtown management delivering real value to the city.”

The DowntownDC BID will be presented with the award on Oct. 25 at the International Downtown Association’s 64th Annual Conference & Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas. The DowntownDC BID will present on several topics at the convention, including trash sensor technology and commercial office tenant attraction.

Albert will moderate a panel entitled “Innovative Approaches to Commercial Office Tenant Attraction and Engagement.” The DowntownDC BID’s Director of Public Space Operations, Gerren G. Price, will speak on a panel entitled “Trash Talks: Approaches for a Waste-Free Public Realm.”

The Fancy Animal Carnival placed in DowntownDC five larger-than-life animal sculptures by Taiwanese contemporary artist Hung Yi from May 4-Oct. 15, 2017. The installation added instrumental vibrancy to select areas of DowntownDC and was paired with additional programming including walking tours, a social media hunt, an outdoor movie night, a coloring contest and outdoor calligraphy instruction.

Hosted and sponsored by CityCenterDC and the DowntownDC BID, the exhibit was also made possible through support from the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, the Government of the District of Columbia including the District Department of Transportation and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Oxford Properties and Gould Property Company.

Washington, DC-based IDA is the premier organization for urban place professionals who are shaping and activating dynamic city center districts. The DowntownDC BID represents the interests of property owners and other stakeholders in a 138-block area of DC and is a member of IDA.