Utility Box Program

The Avenue’s Providence Utility Box Program The Avenue Concept has helped to pair artists with utility boxes throughout the years. In 2021, we created a formal program and facilitated the completion of 13 boxes in Providence and seven in Warren, RI. We’re seeking funding partners to add boxes to the existing portfolio and rotate existing boxes over time.

Why Utility Boxes

  • Add vibrancy and interest in neighborhoods, linking public artworks together and breadcrumbing people through parts of the city.
  • Platform for artists to tell their stories in the public on a temporary basis.
  • Builds community connecting residents, visitors, and businesses throughout PVD encouraging public art and addressing graffiti challenges.
  • Boxes stay on view for at least a year (possibly longer, at the discretion of TAC and project partners), at which point they will be “rotated” and new work will replace existing work, or the boxes will be returned to a neutral color.

Why Work with The Avenue Concept

We;

  • Test ideas and seek feedback from local artists and residents over time. As we iterate TAC’s program, we will continue to
  • Pay artists for their time and artistic contribution.
  • Promote artists and their work including artist bios, descriptions, stories, and social media handles as part of our Avenue Public Art Tour app, on our website, and through social and media promotion.
  • Supply materials and techniques to work effectively and efficiently in the public, providing skills for artists to apply for future public art installations with TAC or other programs.

Sponsor a Box

Box sponsorship covers;

  • Artist Fee (all supplies provided by TAC)
  • Materials for prep & install: sanding, latex painting prep., artist paint for install
  • Project facilitation: contract, training, onsite job site safety & support,installation insurance)
  • Wayfinding & Storytelling (exhibit plaque, digital tour, website feature, photography, social media and promotion)

Contact Yarrow Thorne, Executive Director at yarrow@theavenueconcept.org for more information.

Call for artists

Are you an artist that’s interested in painting a utility box? Complete this short form to be added to our mailing list for future opportunities.

Utility Box Program Artist Inquiry Form

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Contact Yarrow Thorne, Executive Director at yarrow@theavenueconcept.org for more information.

Featured Artists: Ysanel, Sara Breslin, Natural, Arthur Cayo, Lara Henderson, Kobe Jackson, Forrest Curl, Adam Kelley, Holly Emidy, Rene Gomez, Kristen Divona, Heather Annis, Connor Robinson, ArtWerks, Makerjake, The Lady J.