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Mini Murals Austin

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.


Artist Open Call

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: info@upartstudio.org.


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 site web for its Artbox Program guidelines and information.


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