NEW BRITAIN—Mayor Erin E. Stewart and the New Britain Commission on the Arts are now accepting design proposals from artists interested in turning traffic light control boxes into works of art as part of the High Voltage Art project.
“The High Voltage Art project is now entering its third year and we can’t wait to get started on a new round of art for our community,” said Mayor Stewart. “With the arrival of the ‘Bees Across New Britain’ project and more painted traffic control boxes, it is going to be a colorful and vibrant spring here in our City.”
The High Voltage Art project is funded solely through contributions from the community. Donors have included the Polonia Business Association, Stanley Black & Decker, Jasko Development, Alderman and Arts Commission liaison Don Naples, the Downtown District, Attorney Anne Marshall, and Mayor Stewart’s Trophy Charitable Fund.
Since the first five High Voltage Art boxes made their debut at the Little Poland Festival on Broad Street in the spring of 2016, art has been added to nine other boxes in the downtown area. These boxes were painted by members of the New Britain Artist Co-Op, artists who reside in New Britain, and other individuals. Themes include nods to New Britain’s rich industrial history, Polish folk art, and original illustrations.
Artists will be given up to a $300 stipend from funds that are raised through donations from business and community organizations. Residents or businesses who would like to donate can send a check to the Mayor’s Office, 27 West Main St., New Britain, CT, 06051. In the memo section, write “High Voltage Art.”
Artists must be residents of Connecticut, though special consideration will be given to New Britain artists. Artists will be required to submit up to three design proposals. Artists are encouraged to submit designs that draw inspiration from New Britain’s rich history. The Arts Commission will focus on painting additional boxes within the vicinity of downtown.
Selections will be made by the New Britain Art Commission in consultation with the Mayor’s Office. Artists can submit their design proposals on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply for the fourth round is Monday, April 8, 2019. Applications can be found at www.newbritainct.gov and clicking “Documents,” then “Boards and Commissions” and then “Arts.”
David R. Huck