UP Art Studio has designed a program to support civic art and to beautify neighborhoods throughout Austin and Houston. The project has been created to focus on community and civic pride and enhancing visual aesthetics in the neighborhood and the urban landscape. The primary project goal is to bring art to unexpected places, where they can add joy to people’s everyday lives.
This project reimagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as utility cabinets) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Each cabinet installation is funded by a Sponsor.
Mini Murals is the name of the program created and managed by UP Art Studio. UP Art Studio currently is working under contract with the City of Austin Department of Transportation, to create Mini Murals installations that meet the guidelines of the City’s Artbox Program. More than 200 Mini Mural cabinet transformations have been completed in Houston; UP Art Studio aims for the project to be equally successful in Austin.
Phase I – Community Engagement
The first phase of Mini Murals Austin involves the installation of four artist-enhanced signal cabinets, for which Austin Transportation Department is the sponsor.
The four boxes are located at:
- Rundberg Ln. at the Little Walnut Creek Library | Georgian Acres
- MLK Blvd. and Guadalupe St. | Central Austin / UT Campus
- E. Stassney Ln and Jacaranda Dr. | Dove Springs
- Arroyo Seco and W Koenig Ln. | Brentwood
Stakeholders in these communities are being invited to participate in the process. Stage 1 (Artist Selection), and the first half of Stage 2 (Community Meetings – Themes) have been completed.
Stage 3 – Final Online Survey – COMING SOON!
In the final stage of the community engagement process, local stakeholders will have the opportunity to choose their favorite design via an online survey which will be open March 18 – 25, 2019.
Installation of the four Mini Murals will take place in April 2019.
Stage 2 – Community Meeting / Part 2: Online Input from Community – COMPLETED
Currently, we are seeking input from community stakeholders for the themes of the four boxes via this online input form. Deadline to submit ideas is Monday, February 25, 2019.
Stage 2 – Community Meeting / Part 1: In-Person Input from Community – COMPLETED
The online voting period for artist selection for your neighborhood has ended and the results have been tallied!
The next step of this program will be the in-person meeting for your community. Everyone who lives and works in the area is invited to come meet the artist and join this community conversation. The Meeting schedule is as follows:
Location: Austin Public Library – Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX, 78745
Date/Time: Saturday, February 16 from 2 – 3 PM
Location: Austin Public Library – Yarborough Branch, 2200 Hancock St., Austin, TX, 78756
Date/Time: Saturday, February 16 from 4 – 5 PM
Artist: HELENA MARTIN
Central Austin / UT Campus
Location: Cambridge Towers, 1801 Lavaca Street – Colorado Room (parking in lot or on street behind the building)
Date/Time: Sunday, February 17 from 2 – 3 PM
Artist: EMILY DING
Location: Austin Public Library – Little Walnut Creek Library, 835 W. Rundberg Ln., Austin, TX, 78758.
Date/Time: Sunday, February 17 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM
We hope stakeholders will share this information with your neighbors, and will come to the meeting, bring others, and share your valuable input! The stated goal for each piece of civic art is to reflect and honor the neighborhood’s people and unique character.
Please come to the meeting to share your thoughts with UP Art Studio and the artist directly. That’s the best way to shape the civic art near you! If that’s not possible, you may send a brief email with this worksheet, to Elia at email@example.com.
Stage 1 – Online Survey – NOW CLOSED
In this stage, local residents and merchants had the opportunity to select the artist for the specific installation in their area via an online survey.
Mini Murals Austin Artists bios and work samples can be seen in this Artist Registry PDF and includes:
- Aerica Raven Van Dorn
- Airbrush by Amy
- Anna Ganina Art
- Christy Stallop
- Cody Schibi
- Daddy Otis
- David Mills Studio
- Emily Ding
- Helena Martin
- J Muzacz
- Kimie Flores
- Liza Fishbone
- Mez Data
- Mila Sketch
- Paige Martin
- Red Rider Studios
- Shawn Briscoe
- Wild Spirit Artworks
The survey for Georgian Acres, Central Austin / UT Campus, Dove Springs, and Brentwood was available on SurveyMonkey. The Survey was live on Friday, January 25, 2019 and closed on Sunday, February 3, 2019.
City of Austin Program Guidelines
Get creative and create civic pride! The City of Austin Transportation Department allows its traffic signal (utility) cabinets to be enhanced with artwork created by local artists.
Visit the City of Austin’s Streets as Places website for its Artbox Program guidelines and information.
Artist Open Call – NOW CLOSED
The City of Austin and UP Art Studio are inviting artists to bring local flair to Austin streets.
UP Art Studio has opened a call for artists, inviting local Austin artists to submit their qualifications for the opportunity to create an artbox, or mini mural on a signal cabinet. The deadline is Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, 11:59 PM. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying artists accepted, to create a registry of artists available for this opportunity and future projects managed by UP Art Studio.
UP Art Studio uses the JotForm platform for submissions. This is easy to use; you simply fill out the requested information and upload each document as a PDF or JPG. However, please test its use well before the application deadline as late submissions will not be accepted.
Complete the application form online at: https://form.jotform.com/83319244215150
If you are having difficulties submitting your application, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.