UP Art Studio launches Electrical Box “Mini Murals” Project

UP Art Studio launches Electrical Box “Mini Murals” Project

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May 20, 2015
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With Partners and Supporter 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, and Fresh Arts

Event on Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:30 AM

May 20, 2015 — (HOUSTON) UP Art Studio is honored to present the pilot phase of the “Mini Murals” project in Houston, Texas. The idea behind this project is to convert blight into art by painting the blank canvases around the city – electrical control boxes (also known as Signal Cabinets or Utility Boxes), which can be found at every intersection that has a stoplight.

This project has the support of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of Houston Department of Public Works & Engineering, Houston Arts Alliance, some City Council Members, some Management Districts, and Fresh Arts as its fiscal agent, making donations to the project tax-deductible.

City of Houston Council Member Larry Green was the first to participate with 31 boxes in his District K. He says, “I’m very excited that our council office is bringing civic art to District K. Moreover, I’m thrilled to work with UP Art Studio, which is the conduit for this Mini Murals project. Unfortunately, council districts outside Loop 610 don’t have the same opportunity to acquire civic art as those areas inside the Loop. This civic art project will expose these electrical boxes’ Mini Murals as a legacy initiative toward fostering civic art not only within District K neighborhoods but to the entire city.”

WHAT: “Mini-Murals” is a project that transforms ordinary traffic control cabinets, also known as utility or electrical boxes, into works of art. This is a low-cost, high visual impact project, and similar projects have been successful in municipalities across the world.

The “Mini Murals” pilot phase will kick-off with approximately 14 urban artists commissioned by UP Art Studio to paint 31 electrical boxes in Houston City Council District K. The first box of the project, which is located at Willowbend and West Bellfort, will be painted by world-class muralist and street artist Anat Ronen. This box will be unveiled by City of Houston’s Honorable Mayor Annise Parker on June 6, 2015 at 9:30 am. The pilot phase was made possible through the support of City Council Member Larry Green’s district service fund.

WHY: The project is intended to help instill civic pride, beautify streetscapes and neighborhoods, create a sense of community, promote dialogue, and enhance the character of our city.

With the pilot phase we aim to raise awareness of the project in order to expand to other areas across Houston, especially areas that are art deficient.

WHERE: Willowbend and West Bellfort,

Brays Oaks Management District in Houston City Council District K

WHEN: June 4, 2015 (Thursday) – Production of the first box begins (Anat Ronen)

June 6, 2015 (Saturday, 9:30 am) – Unveiling with Mayor Parker

June 6 – July 31, 2015 – Production on remaining 30 boxes

EVENT DETAILS: “MINI-MURAL” UNVEILING

Saturday, June 6 (9:30 am)

  Location: Westbury United Methodist Church

5200 Willowbend Blvd. @ West Bellfort Ave., 77096

  Tickets: Open to the public, FREE
  Event Description: Unveiling of the first electrical box “mini-mural” by Mayor Annise Parker
SPONSORS: City Council Member Larry Green – District K
WHO: Noah and Elia Quiles – Project Curator/Manager (UP Art Studio)

The artists painting mini murals in the pilot phase include:

·       2:12

·       Alex “Zu” Arzu

·       Ana Maria

·       Anat Ronen

·       Cutthroat

·       Dual

·       Gabriel Prusmack

·       Jessica Guerra

·       Lee Washington

·       Sebastien “Mr. D” Boileau

·       Pilot FX

·       Shelbi-Nicole

·       w3r3on3

·       Wiley

PROJECT ADVISORS Mini-Murals is a project of the “Mural and Public Arts” (MaPA) program. MaPA has an advisory board comprised of:

·       Noah & Elia Quiles – UP Art Studio

·       Jeff Reichman – January Advisors

·       Aimee Woodall & Monica Danna – The BlackSheep Agency

·       James Phelan – WhiteSpace Houston

·       Brittany Bly – Pop Shop Houston

·       Adam Brackman

·       Joel Luks

·       Alex Saenz

·       Shawna Forney

·       Erin McClarty

·       Andy Aguinaga

·       Mac Miller

PREVIEW BOX: A Preview box was painted on April 18, 2015 by GONZO247. The Mini Mural was sponsored by Washington Avenue Arts District for its “Day in the District” beautification project.

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/Sign-Language-Art-on-the-corner-6227018.php

 

Electrical Box Mini-Murals is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Electrical Box Mini-Murals must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 

For information about the project, visit www.minimurals.org or http://januaryadvisors.com/houston-mural-arts-from-idea-to-execution/

 

SPOKESPEOPLE:

Interviews and photo opportunities with the project creators, artists, and other key spokespeople are available. Access to the artwork site, as well as high-res photos of the installation will be made available.

 

The following spokespersons are available for print and on-air interviews:

  • Noah and Elia Quiles – project creators/managers, owners of UP Art Studio
  • City Council Member Larry Green, District K – project sponsor
  • Sara Kellner, Houston Arts Alliance – project partner
  • Minnette Boesel, City of Houston’s Office of Cultural Affairs – city liasion
  • Anat Ronen – artist of first District K box

 

About UP Art Studio

UP Art Studio is a Houston-based organization created to facilitate art projects for urban and contemporary artists and communities, locally and world-wide. UP Art Studio specializes in mural and art commissions, gallery art shows, event planning, and artist collaborations. UP Art Studio is currently working on several public art initiatives in Houston, including MaPA, a Mural and Public Arts initiative to bring more public art to the city of Houston. www.upartstudio.org

 

About Mural and Public Arts (MaPA)

UP Art Studio is a Houston-based organization created to facilitate art projects for urban and contemporary artists and communities, locally and world-wide. UP Art Studio specializes in mural and art commissions, gallery art shows, event planning, and artist collaborations. UP Art Studio is currently working on several public art initiatives in Houston, including MaPA, a Mural and Public Arts initiative to bring more public art to the city of Houston. www.upartstudio.org

 

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