Towards the end of 2020, we launched a new program with the Downtown Community Partnership and the Business Improvement District to provide a virtual catalog of local art for businesses to select from to wrap utility boxes, garage doors and other blank surfaces.
We were thrilled with the submissions, but we know that there are a few questions, so we’ve created this post to help answer some of them.
Q: How do I know if my art was selected?
A: We are always working to make our forms easier to fill out and more responsive. You should have gotten a notice saying your art had been received. If you didn’t, reach out to Ethan at email@example.com.
Q: What’s the timeline on this project?
A: As with many collaborative projects, we are waiting on a number of entities to sign off on this. We had a deadline for art submissions and selections for the catalog. And now we are waiting for the DCP to take this to the Arts and Culture Commission to keep them updated on the program since so many of the electrical boxes are city owned. This way, they don’t have to go back to the city every time someone selected to have a box wrapped. Assuming everything goes to plan, we should have the catalog up and running by the end of February.
Artists will be notified directly as soon as we have any updates.
Q: So, my art was selected. Where is it going to be wrapped, and when will I get my stipend?
A: The initial acceptance notice you got was to be part of the virtual catalog. Once that is up on our website, businesses will have the opportunity to peruse the art and select pieces they want to use. There is no guarantee that your work will be selected to be wrapped on a utility box, garage door or any other surface. We certainly hope it will and will notify you immediate if a piece of yours is chosen, but we can’t promise that that will happen. There will be no payment to any artist until a contract is signed with a business that has specifically identified your art for their surface.
Q: How many times can my art be used?
A: Each piece of art will only be used once across the Metro. That keeps these wrapped surfaces special and fresh. Your art will, however, stay up on the virtual catalog website with a notification of having already been selected. That way, businesses will still be able to see your work and can contact you privately if they desire.
Q: Is this a one-time catalog or on-going?
A: We hope to create a new virtual catalog annually, but we’ll just have to see how this first year goes and play it by ear. Believe us, if we extend this program into 2022 and beyond, you’ll hear about it from us!
We hope this helps answer some of the questions we are hearing from artists. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ethan if you have other questions. We’re excited about the idea of so much local art going up around the tai-cities and look forward to being in touch as more anymore art is selected.
Keep an eye out for updates from us and in the meantime, bookmark this page we built out to host the virtual catalog.