Staten Island Arts primary aim is to empower artists and build community. They do this through multiple programs and events to help support artists and advocate on their behalf. Additionally, they seek to engage the community (from children to seniors) in the arts, be it painting, dance, music, new media, etc.
Established in 1992, they moved in 2012 into a new, highly visible space at the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal that would create more exposure. This was a great time to rebrand.
Operating under the acronym COAHSI (Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island), they sought a new logo, simplified name, and visual identity system to usher them into their new space and era, and unite their operational divisions. Their criteria was that the design be memorable, lively, and highly functional in 1-color.
The logo depicts SIA as the "hub" of activity with rays emanating into and out of it. An "S" shape is used for the rays to tie it to the name, and the color palette reflects the Staten Island Ferry.