Springfield Central Cultural District Looking for Outdoor Art

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Central Cultural District (SCCD) has issued a call to artists for a unique placemaking opportunity in downtown Springfield. The Cultural District is searching for artists to submit their ideas and designs to beautify 20 utility boxes scattered throughout the downtown footprint.

“We had two boxes beautified in Stearns Square Park during our Springfield Under the Stars movie nights last summer, and the reception was amazing. We want to continue that momentum,” said SCCD Executive Director Morgan Drewniany.

Programs to create non-conventional murals are not new; cities such as Boston, Northampton, and Easthampton have all carried out similar beautification programs in their cities, to great success. The SCCD is funding this program by matching local businesses and organizations to artists that pique their interest.

The theme all artists are asked to adhere to is ‘unexpected beauty,’ piggybacking on the SCCD’s tagline, ‘experience the unexpected.’ Artists are invited to submit their ideas to paint the boxes to the director. The chosen artists will be paid for their time and reimbursed for materials. Applications are due Tuesday, May 3.

The Springfield Central Cultural District encompasses an area of the metro center of Springfield, and is membership-based, involving many of the downtown arts institutions. Its mission is to create and sustain a vibrant cultural environment in Springfield.

The request for proposal and more details on this program can be found at springfieldculture.org/artistresources. Any questions can be forwarded to Drewniany at morgan.drewniany@springfielddowntown.com or (413) 781-1592.

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