BOISE, Idaho — The City of Boise has embraced the work of local artists for years. With public exhibits like Freak Ally showcasing "Boise's best" every year, there are other pieces around the city doing the same. In 2009, Boise City Department of Arts and History, Downtown Boise Association and the Capital City Development Corporation teamed up to improve the downtown streetscape. That's when the traffic box public art project was created.
Traffic boxes are those big green industrial boxes that control traffic lights and crosswalk signs. While they are essential to any city, they are hardly appealing. So with the help of local creative minds, these utilitarian devices have become unique art displays that change every year. As of January 2019, the City of Boise is encouraging all local emerging or established artists to apply for a chance to showcase their work in this year's display.
There are no fees or requirements. If you are selected by the panel, you will receive $1,000 to complete your work. Artists are able to use existing or newly created work for this project. The final pieces will be printed on vinyl and installed on all four sides of the traffic box. Themes and or requirements pertaining to the artwork will be released when artists are chosen.
The deadline to apply is January 30th. For more information,