KCCI’s 2021 Access Art TLH 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.
In partnership with Leon County Government, five artists based in Leon County have been selected through a free online application process to convert utility boxes at five locations into three-dimensional artwork. The artists’ artwork will be placed on weather-resistant vinyl that will wrap the boxes, and each artist will receive a stipend. The new locations include:
- a series of boxes at the Leroy Collins Leon County Main Public Library.
- a series of boxes at the Leon County Courthouse.
- a box at the Woodville Branch Library.
- a box near the entrance of Apalachee Regional Park.
- a box at the Leon County Northeast Branch Library.
An unveiling event for the new boxes will be held on July 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Leroy Collins Leon County Main Public Library.
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:
- Thanks to the support of Leon County Government, the Art of the Box project continues to expand. Five additional utility boxes will be wrapped at libraries and public spaces with local artwork in mid July. Click here for more details.
- The Tallahassee the City Commission has adopted a new program for Artful Infrastructure, committing $22,000 to wrap traffic control boxes around Tallahassee with local art. The City is accepting artist and sponsor applications through July 2. Click here to apply or learn more. KCCI’s Art Access TLH 2021 Community Catalyst team is so thrilled to see the Art of the Box project expanded with this program, as it will improve art accessibility and showcase local artists in public spaces.
- Catalysts worked with the City of Tallahassee to unveil a new artistic box on April 13 at the intersection at Maclay and Meridian Road, which which is wrapped in art by Maclay student Olivia Schroeder. Chris and Susanne Dudley sponsored the box in coordination with the City of Tallahassee and KCCI. Learn More
- The Community Catalyst team has established 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 has researched ways to generate more local art in the community with the expansion of the Art of the Box and identifying other opportunities. The team looks forward to serving as a “catalyst” between private partners and government partners to ensure there is a collaborative effort to promote and generate more art in public spaces.
These are the people who helped make this project possible.
- Joey Arellano, Florida House of Representatives
- Scott Balog, Tallahassee Community College
- Erika Branchcomb, Florida League of Cities
- Cyrus Calhoun III, Trulieve
- 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
- Alessandria (Ali) Palmer, Kimley-Horn
- Aaron Redda, Florida Public Service Commission and USF
- Daniel Taylor, Daniel Taylor Consulting, Inc.