Seeking Hoboken artists

New project aims to turn utility boxes into public art

Artists have until Aug. 11 to submit applications for the Art Box Mural Project which will transform utility boxes into public works of art. (Photo by Kate Harper Blog)
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Artists have until Aug. 11 to submit applications for the Art Box Mural Project which will transform utility boxes into public works of art. (Photo by Kate Harper Blog)

The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee seeks proposals for the new Art Box Mural Project which aims to beautify 15 utility boxes along Washington Street.

The city, and the committee, invite artists who live or work in Hoboken to submit proposals reflecting the theme of “equality and inclusion.”

Fifteen proposals will be selected based on relevance to the theme, quality, and proven experience with similar projects. Artists without previous public art experience are encouraged to apply.

“The Arts Advisory Committee is very glad to see this project launch,” said Chris O’Connor, chair of the committee. “This is the first initiative our body has implemented, and we feel the subject matter ‘equality and inclusion’ reflects a core value of our city. This is also an opportunity to beautify, and create interest in, a very utilitarian object that is found up and down Washington Street. We are excited to have a project that involves so many artists.”

From object to art

Artists will receive a stipend of $1,250, which includes artist’s fees and materials.

All submissions should be “family-friendly,” and can indicate a preferred location.

Artist may complete an application at http://www.hobokennj.gov/muralproject as well as submit a brief letter of interest.

Artists have until Aug. 11 to submit applications.

“Hoboken is committed to beautifying our public spaces and supporting our local artists, and I’m thrilled the arts committee is undertaking this quality of life initiative,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “The theme of equality and inclusion selected by the committee for the murals is an important one, as Hoboken will always be a fair and welcoming place where all are treated with respect. Thank you to all seven members of the arts committee for their continued efforts on this important project for our City.”

“Equity is fair mindedness and egalitarianism, decency and balance,” states a committee press release. “Inclusion en­compasses all, leaving no one or group marginalized or on the fringe. An equita­ble and inclusive city is one where the inherent value and dignity of all people are recognized. An inclusive city promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living of its members.”

Committee history

The committee acts as an advisory board to the mayor and administration regarding public art and the City of Hoboken Art Program.

It’s composed of seven members: artists, merchants, organizational leaders, and public officials, working to bring innovative, interesting, and beautiful public art to Hoboken that celebrates Hoboken’s culture and diversity.

This Art Box Mural Project will integrate arts and culture and will help build community and promote economic vitality, according to the city.

The city formed the committee last year after Bhalla signed an executive order to help select art projects to beautify public spaces.

The city dedicates 1 percent of all bond ordinances to fund these art projects.

Last year, Hoboken artist Ricardo Roig painted the Michael Chang mural, the city’s first public art project using the fund, above the tennis courts adjacent to John F. Kennedy Stadium and Columbus Park.

For more information, visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/utilitybox.

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