#MiniMuralsHou ~ minimurals.org
Time: Tuesday, July 28, 1:30 PM
Location: City Hall Council Chambers – 901 Bagby St., 2nd Floor
UP Art Studio with partners and supporters – The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Department of Public Works and Engineering, Houston Arts Alliance, City Council Member Larry Green – District K, Brays Oaks and Five Corners Management Districts, and Fresh Arts – launched the pilot phase of the traffic signal control cabinet “Mini Murals” project in Houston in June 2015.
The project re-imagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as electrical or utility boxes) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Once painted by local artists, the cabinets, which are located at every intersection with a traffic signal, are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of Houston.
The “Mini Murals” pilot phase kicked-off with 13 urban artists commissioned by UP Art Studio to turn 31 ordinary traffic signal control cabinets in Houston City Council District K into colorful works of art. Artists participating in the pilot phase of the project include 2:12, Alex “Zu” Arzu, Ana Maria, Anat Ronen, Dual, Gabriel Prusmack, Jessica Guerra, Lee Washington, Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau, Pilot FX, Shelbi-Nicole, w3r3on3 and Wiley.
Mini Murals is created and curated by Elia & Noah Quiles of UP Art Studio, who also serve as the project manager, and a diverse advisory board of Houston researchers, marketers, advocates, and arts leaders.
With the pilot phase, UP Art Studio and its partners aim to raise awareness of the project in order to expand to other areas across Houston, especially areas that are art deficient.
Mini Murals is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Mini-Murals must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. (Donations to the project are tax-deductible).