ART THE BOX began in early 2015 as a collaboration between three organizations: the City of Augusta, the Downtown Development Authority and the Greater Augusta Arts Council. 19 local artists were selected by a committee to create art on 23 local traffic signal control cabinets (TSCCs). The City of Augusta commissioned an additional box in November 2015 to commemorate the WWII Blue Star Highway.
ART THE BOX PURPOSE STATEMENT: The purpose of the ART THE BOX initiative in the City of Augusta and as administered by the Greater Augusta Arts Council is to enrich the quality of life for citizens and visitors of Augusta by supporting local artists through visual art displays; and to enhance regional relationships in pursuit of transforming the area into a noted arts destination community.
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WANT TO PAINT A BOX?
Are you an individual artist, organization or business with a concept for a new traffic box art design? Please download the Guidelines and Application packet by clicking the link below. It includes all the information on how to submit your designs for consideration by our Art the Box Selection Committee. AT THIS TIME (as of April 2017) there are no open calls for new traffic box designs, however, artists may continually submit designs to be included in the submission pool when an opportunity for box sponsorship arises. Sign up to receive our newsletter for updates. Please contact the Greater Augusta Arts Council for any questions. Download the Art the Box Guidelines and Application packet
WANT TO SPONSOR A BOX?
Are you an organization or business interested in sponsoring a new Art the Box opportunity? The Art the Box program relies on public and private support in order to provide materials and compensation for local artists. Participation in the project gives these artists quite an experience for their resumes, and it even boosts the economy by enhancing our community! If you are interested in supporting the Art the Box project, please contact Pax Bobrow, at 706-826-4702 or email@example.com.
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LOCAL MEDIA FEATURES “ART THE BOX” ARTISTS
May 15, 2015 “Artists are taking their paintbrushes to the streets of Augusta to spruce up some plain traffic signal boxes.”
May 13, 2015- “If you’re driving around town and you see people painting on traffic boxes, they aren’t vandals, but actually, part of a citywide initiative called ‘Art the Box.'”
Check out one of the artist’s blog to document her #arttheboxAUG process
“Robbie Bellamy begins painting a portrait of James Brown onto a traffic signal box at the corner of James Brown Blvd. and Broad Street as part of the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Art The Box initiative.”
“The Art the Box project is in full swing, thanks to the Greater Augusta Arts Council who started the initiative to inspire pride among Augusta.”
“The traffic boxes will be painted and completed by the end of May with a reveal party and press conference to be held June 5 at 600 Broad St. See augustaarts.com/art-the-box.html for the list of artists and the selected images.”
““We had nine days to complete them,” said Colleen Beyer, an undergraduate advisor for the Art Department. “We learned if we were selected by the end of April and received our paint May 15.”