There is a quiet movement going on around the globe where communities are working together to beautify their neighborhoods – as well as cut down on graffiti – by wrapping utility boxes in art. You know, those big, beige or black boxes that sit on some corners that we all see, but aren’t really sure what they are for? Minneapolis has a few art-wrapped utility boxes downtown, in the Kingfield and Corcoran neighborhoods, and along the American Indian Cultural Corridor. And the city would like to add more.
But, the process to do so can be very time-consuming and cumbersome for the neighborhoods, so the city is stepping in. In a good way.
Minneapolis Art Wraps has been established to assist those groups interested in developing these projects, with the end-goal of creating a city-wide gallery that celebrates not only the city, but those creative artists who live and work here.
The city has released a Call for Artists that is open to professional artists who live or work in Minneapolis in any media that can be translated into a digital image and wrapped on a utility box.
Twelve designs will be chosen for the participating neighborhoods to choose from. The neighborhoods and organizations involved in creating this program include: Armatage, Bryan, Bryn Mawr, Central, East Calhoun, Elliot Park, Field-Regina-Northrup, Fulton, Lake Street Council, Logan Park, Powderhorn, Marcy-Holmes, Northside Arts Collective, Victory, Windom and Waite Park.
The art that is submitted should, obviously, positively connect with people. It should be meaningful and adaptable to many areas of the city. It should be detailed enough to dissuade graffiti, and it should be fun. Artists are encouraged to play with the 3-dimensional nature of the boxes, and if they want, use words as well as pictures. The art should represent the question: “What does Minneapolis mean to you?”
For anyone interested in learning more, there is an informational workshop taking place on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm at Martin Luther King Park, 4055 Nicollet Avenue. Any artists interest in submitting their work must do so by Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 pm.
For more information, please review the Call for Artists by clicking here.