DNC Host Committee’s “Donkeys Around Town” are Installed

Philly residents and visitors can participate in a scavenger hunt and win prizes.

Workers unload a painted fiberglass donkey at the Union League on Broad Street

The DNC Host Committee’s “Donkey’s Around Town” are being installed all over Center City today. The colorful donkeys, which were painted by local artists, represent each of the 57 delegations that will be in Philly for next month’s Democratic National Convention.

Former mayor and governor and chair of the host committee Ed Rendell was on hand at the installation of the Colorado donkey at the Union League on South Broad Street. The Union League will have an exhibit about past political conventions in Philadelphia during PoliticalFest. 

The Pennsylvania donkey was installed outside of the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Center City. This donkey was the prototype for the installation, and was designed by Pennsylvania First Lady Francis Wolf. It was painted by local community arts group Amber Art and Design. 

Former Governor Ed Rendell looks at the donkey painted for the Pennsylvania delegation.

Rendell said that the location was chosen because the Pennsylvania delegation was staying there. The committee tried to coordinate with hotels in the city to have some of the donkeys installed where the corresponding state’s delegation would be staying.

The Host Committee also released more details regarding the scavenger hunt that will take place during the convention. Participants have to use the app Scavify, and there will be interactive challenges for each donkey they find. Participants who complete the challenges will earn points, which can increase their chances of winning different prize packages. The scavenger hunt starts on July 21st.

Many of the donkeys will be installed outdoors, and Rendell stressed to would-be vandals that each site is under surveillance.

A full list of the donkeys and their locations can be found here. More information on the artists who participating in the project can be found on ArtJawn.com.

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