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Artists encouraged to apply to beautify utility boxes in Santa Maria

Chosen artists will receive $500 and be reimbursed for some materials
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Posted at 9:38 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 00:37:47-05

The City of Santa Maria is looking for artists to beautify utility boxes in the city.

In Phase 3 of the Utility Box Art Project, artists are encouraged to apply to decorate one of five traffic signal control boxes in Santa Maria.

City officials say artwork that “ties to the community’s social, cultural, and/or historical identity will be a plus.”

“After two very successful rounds of Utility Box Art and the creation of 10 pieces of beautiful artwork, the Recreation and Parks Department, along with our partner PLAY, Inc., are excited to be adding up to five additional works of art with the help of local artists,” stated Dennis Smitherman, Recreation Services manager, in a press release.

Residents in both Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties are eligible to apply.

Chosen artists will receive $500 and be reimbursed up to $250 for material costs.

The submission deadline is March 17 at 5 p.m.

For more information or applications, click here or call (805) 925-0951 ext. 2260.