June 30, 2022

Charlie Doodle

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Your art could be displayed on a Kennewick traffic utility box

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KENNEWICK, Wash. — The City of Kennewick is looking for artists across the Pacific Northwest to submit art proposals.

The propositions are for eight traffic utility boxes around Kennewick that have been pre-selected to receive art wraps.

The program is something the City of Kennewick has been doing in partnership with Spokane Teacher’s Credit Union (STCU) for some time now. Selected artists will see their art displayed for years to come and will receive a $300 stipend.

“We’re really looking for more art,” said Rohana Carmichael, Economic Development and Marketing Specialist with the City of Kennewick. “We haven’t had many submissions, we need more submissions so we have a bigger selection to choose from.”

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Currently, city officials are accepting submissions until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1st.

Artists can submit proposals in a variety of different mediums including digital art, photographs, paintings, and more. All works are required to be original creations of the artist that are in compliance with existing copyright laws.

Participants can be individuals or teams residing in the state of Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

“We love wrapping these boxes,” Carmichael said. “They’re kind of a blank canvas. It brightens up street corners. Especially in neighborhoods where there’s not a lot of other public art.”

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Officials say that the art submissions can vary in topics, but do best if they reflect the spirit and the theme of the locations of the traffic utility boxes.

Here are the eight traffic utility boxes Kennewick is looking to wrap next:

  • North Columbia Center Boulevard & West Canal Drive
  • West Clearwater Avenue & North Edison Street
  • Gage Boulevard & Steptoe Street
  • West 27th Avenue & West 10th Avenue (funded by Sun Pacific Energy)
  • South Columbia Center Boulevard & West 10th Avenue
  • South Kellogg Street & West 10th Avenue
  • South Union Street & West 10th Avenue
  • North Edison Street & West Canal Drive

To learn more about the requirements and to submit your art design to the City of Kennewick, click here.

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Calling all artists! Your art could be displayed on a Kennewick traffic utility box

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