Notice anything new in your neighborhood? The SCFD-funded "Outside the Box" Project is giving traffic boxes throughout the city a new look.
Thornton Arts, Sciences & Humanities Council (TASHCO) commissions artists to aesthetically transform traffic utility boxes from functional infrastructure into colorful works of art.
Why Paint Utility Boxes?
The "Outside the Box" Mural Project was initiated in 2016 as a way to combat graffiti in the city of Thornton through public art. In 2016, there were 795 incidents of graffiti in Thornton, which adds up to approximately 10,486 square feet of vandalism. Traffic boxes made up about 70 percent of graffiti incidents. These mural projects help build a sense of community ownership. Art on otherwise blank spaces can also help discourage graffiti and other acts of vandalism.
Please read our write-up in The Denver Post to learn more about this project.
Who Funded This Project?
In 2018, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) funded 50 percent of this $30,000 project. The TASHCO Funds Balance funded the remaining 50 percent to commission 15 traffic box murals. Support by SCFD and TASHCO has helped mitigate graffiti and empower artists -a majority of whom are Thornton residents- to share their talents with the community.
Who Chooses the Designs?
Thornton Arts & Culture Division works with Code Compliance Officers and Infrastructure to identify ideal locations for murals. All design submissions are reviewed and chosen by members of the TASHCO Public Art Subcommittee. Board members vote on designs based on their artistic merit, creativity, and overall impact on the community. "Outside the Box" is another way TASHCO members continue their support and advocacy for the arts and humanities in the city of Thornton. Please see below for a list of this year's murals and their locations:
Vote for your favorite mural in our 2018 People's Choice Contest! Winning artists will be happy to know they have made a positive impact on the community through their art. Please click on the link below to vote for your favorite. We will be announcing People's Choice winners Friday, September 21, 2018 druing the Elements & Waterways reception.
Want to Participate?
We are planning to transform even more traffic boxes in 2019! Check back in October for information on submitting your designs for 2019. You can also visit our Open Calls for Artists Page to learn more about opportunities for artists.