KCCI’s 2021 Community Catalyst class is focusing on generating more art in public spaces and expanding Art of the Box throughout the city and county. Public art increases community engagement, improves mental health and encourages social cohesion. Art of the Box provides a variety of benefits including economic opportunity and marketing for local artists while showcasing the diversity of talent we have in Leon County.
The Art of the Box concept was piloted in fall 2020 and converted nine graffiti-covered boxes into works of art, while still maintaining the functionality of the boxes. It was a collaboration between KCCI, City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government, COCA, Fast Signs and Taproot Creative. Due to the popularity of the pilot project, KCCI established a volunteer Community Catalyst team to implement ways for expansion, which resulted in the continued Leon County Government partnership.
The 2021 Access Art TLH Community Catalyst team has been busy since the January kickoff, making great progress toward showcasing local artwork throughout the community. A few highlights:
- Catalysts are working with City of Tallahassee to unveil an artistic Art of the Box April 13 at the intersection at Maclay and Meridian Road, which will be wrapped in art by Maclay student Olivia Schroeder. Chris and Susanne Dudley sponsored the box in coordination with the City of Tallahassee and KCCI.
- Thanks to the support of Leon County Government, utility boxes will be wrapped at libraries and public spaces with local artwork. The Call for Artists is open until May 15. Click HERE for more details.
- To create an iconic art destination visible via multiple transportation options, Community Catalysts are recommending a corridor concept. The team has identified the optimum corridor where people of all walks of life can enjoy the diversity of local artistic talent through walking, cycling or vehicular tours. The corridor plan will positively impact economic vitality in the City. It benefits the business community through enhanced foot traffic and placemaking near their storefronts.
- The team has talked with neighborhood groups, individuals and businesses that are interested in sponsoring a box so that artwork of a local artist could be wrapped on traffic control boxes. After researching best practices throughout the country, the team is providing recommendations to Leon County and the City of Tallahassee for a long-term “adopt a box” type of concept.
- The Community Catalyst team is establishing partnership opportunities with Leon County Title 1 Schools to create iconic art installments in neighborhoods and is researching ways for long-term funding of future major art installments.
The 2021 KCCI Community Catalyst team includes: Joey Arellano; Scott Balog, Tallahassee Community College; Erika Branchcomb, Florida League of Cities; Cyrus Calhoun, III, Florida House of Representatives; Shannon Colavecchio, The Moore Agency; Nipa Eason, SalterMitchell PR, Talethia Edwards, Department of Health, Khari James, State Attorney’s Office, 2nd Judicial Circuit; Tyler Maldonado, Florida Department of Environmental Protection; Marie Moyle, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Ali Palmer, Kimley-Horn; Aaron Redda, Florida Public Service Commission and USF; and Daniel Taylor, Daniel Taylor Consulting, Inc.
These are the people who helped make this project possible.
- Joey Arellano
- Scott Balog
- Erika Branchcomb
- Cyrus Calhoun, III
- Shannon Colavecchio
- Nipa Eason
- Talethia Edwards
- Khari James
- Tyler Maldonado
- Marie Moyle
- Alessandria Palmer
- Aaron Redda
- Daniel Taylor