Donkeys Around Town are Coming To Philly

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Just a short while ago, we announced Donkeys Around Town, a creative new civic program to encourage delegates, members of the media, and local residents to see a little more of Philadelphia during Convention Week.

This unique art installation features 57 fiberglass donkeys, representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, Washington, D.C., and Democrats Abroad.  Each donkey will depict iconic images of the state or territory it represents as well as the name of its state or territory and will be painted by a local Philadelphia-area artist.

The donkeys will be displayed from July 1st through September 5th at a number of locations throughout Center City, where most Convention activities outside the Wells Fargo Center will take place. Delegates, residents, media, and visitors are encouraged to explore Philadelphia by finding all 57 donkeys.

The Host Committee will also hold a scavenger hunt surrounding Donkeys Around Town, the details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Here’s a look at the Pennsylvania donkey, which was created and debuted during a visit of the state chairs to Philadelphia last fall. The Pennsylvania donkey was painted by a local artist from the Amber Arts Program, and the iconic Pennsylvania images depicted on the donkey were selected by First Lady of the Commonwealth Frances Wolf.


We are thankful to our program partners: Mural Arts Program, Art Jawn, Visit Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia and former Governor Ed Rendell, who conceived the program.

Mural Arts and Art Jawn are working  together to secure approximately 30 local artists for the program, who will be responsible for painting the donkeys, which were fabricated by Roe Fabricators in Chester, PA. The Host Committee then invited each State Democratic Party across the country to offer recommendations about the images that will grace their respective state donkeys.

The donkeys will remain in their locations through Labor Day, after which the delegations will have the option to take home their donkey. The donkeys that remain will be auctioned to the public by with a minimum opening bid of $500 (not including shipping and handling fees).  All proceeds from the sale of the donkeys will be pooled and split evenly among the full contingent of artists who painted them, in addition to a $1,000 stipend they will each receive for their participation and work.

Stay tuned for details about the Donkey Scavenger Hunt that will kick off Convention week!