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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Community Art Utility Box Project

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Madison’s Utility Box Art Program gives Madison artists the opportunity to transform ordinary objects of urban infrastructure into something fun and unique, enhancing our public spaces. Launched in 2017, the Madison Arts Commission has championed the Utility Box Project with intentions around highlighting, encouraging and promoting local artists in the public realm. Artists are invited to submit images of their artwork for consideration, selected artists are paid and the City Streets Department helps ‘wrap’ these boxes around the City of Madison with a vinyl print of their work. More info can be found here!

In partnership with Madison Public Library’s Bubbler program, Community Art Utility Box Program highlights a number of boxes in locations near libraries or other community centers, showcasing the work of community artists, students, or community groups. Below are a few featured boxes and partnerships. Bubbler artist KIM CHARLES KAY led workshops and brainstorming sessions with groups at community centers and libraries. Following those sessions she ‘utilized’ those designs and digitally collaged the drawings together for each box. All photos by Jessica Mardi Photography.

Partner: Salvation Army of Dane County Elementary After School Program
Utility Box located at the corner of E Washington Ave & E Johnson St near Hawthorne Library


Partner: Lussier Community Education Center Middle School After School Program
Utility Box located near the corner of N High Point Rd & Old Sauk Rd near Alicia Ashman Library


Partners: Kennedy Heights Community Center & Vera Court Neighborhood Center Elementary & Middle School After School Program
Utility Box located at the corner of Northport Dr & Troy Dr near Lakeview Library


Partners: Goodman South Library patrons & community members
Utility Box located on the corner of S Park St & Hughes Pl near Goodman South Library