Traffic Box Call
March 31, 2011
Boise-Painters, graphic designers, and illustrators are
invited to apply for opportunities to design murals for traffic
control boxes. Up to sixteen artists are to be selected and
others to be added to a "Registry" for future traffic box
The Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, Capital
City Development Corporation, and Boise City are providing funding
in partnership with the Downtown Neighborhood Association, the West
Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Boise
Association to commission up to 16 Idaho artists to design murals
for Ada County Highway District traffic control boxes in Boise.
Boise's Department of Arts & History is facilitating artist
selection process and project management.
The program brings public art to the street, decreases
graffiti, and increases the unique character of our city streets.
This project was initiated by Downtown Boise Association in 2010 as
a model project that paved the way for more boxes at prominent
intersections to be made into artwork.
DEADLINE: 4 p.m., Thursday, May 5th, 2011
Artist Application Process:
1. Artists send in ten digital visual examples
of past work (72 dpi jpgs)., letter of interest and resume
2. A selection committee made up of representatives from
stakeholder groups will review the applications and choose up to 16
artists with whom to work. Additional artists will be
selected for Traffic Box "Registry" so that if, in the next year,
additional funds are available to transform other boxes, artists
from the registry will be selected to create designs.
3. Selected artists will be paid $1,000 to design one mural
each, featuring a community-related theme, using provided templates
as a guide. Artists do not fabricate or install the final art on
4. The fabricator will take the artist designs (which can be
prepared as illustrations, paintings, computer designed images, or
photographs), transform them into a vinyl wrap, and apply them to
5. Artworks will be celebrated with a dedication and walking
tours in September.
Send Applications To:
Traffic Box Project
Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager
Boise City Department of Arts & History
PO Box 500
Boise, ID 83701-0500
QUESTIONS? Call Karen Bubb at
433-5677 or e-mail her at