And we didn't think Portland, Maine could get any cooler....or funkier...or more creative. Now the Portland Police Department is partnering with the Public Art Committee, NBT Bank and Port Property Management to cover 5 utility boxes with art!  Interested artists need to submit proposals by July 15.

It's called the Utility Box Art Project and here are the details from the application:

Project Overview The Utility Box Art Project, organized by the City of Portland, the Portland Police Department, and the Portland Public Art Committee is focused on the recognition and celebration of local artists. All submissions for the competition will be reviewed by a panel and artists will be selected based on the content and quality of their work. Selected artists will paint City of Portland utility boxes with original designs. Once professionally painted, these utility boxes will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape.


Requirements - Artists must live in or have permanent office or studio space in Greater Portland, Maine. - Artists must be 18 or older. - Up to three (3) designs by each Portland artist may be considered. - Designs may be submitted on paper or electronically but must conform to the utility box template as provided. - Selections shall be made by a jury appointed by the Portland Public Art Committee. - Submissions may be kept on file for future project consideration. - Artists will be notified by September 1 if their designs are selected. - Proposals are due by 4:00 PM on July 15, 2016. Winning Artists Selected artists will receive a $300 stipend from funds donated to the Portland Public Art Committee for this project upon approval and completion of their box design. Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials required to complete and protect their artwork with a clear and washable sealant.

Other cities around the country have done this project...and the results have been amazing:


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