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SLO Public Art Program Seeks Local Artists for 2 Projects in 2018

Post Date:02/08/2018 5:00 PM

On Friday, February 9, the City of San Luis Obispo is launching a Call-For-Artists, inviting San Luis Obispo County-based artists to apply to participate in the 2018 Utility Box Art Painting Project and/or the Watershed Awareness Through Art (WATA) SLO City Storm Water Project.

Applications for both public art projects are due Friday, March 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm PST.

The City’s Public Art Program is soliciting proposals for the 2018 Utility Box Art Painting Project, to paint the remaining 27 city-owned traffic signal utility boxes. Painting is scheduled to occur in summer 2018. 

The Public Art Program and the  Utilities Department are also partnering on “Watershed Awareness Through Art,” which will upgrade the existing  storm drain decal design found near storm drains that flow directly into a creek. For these placards, artists will be asked to create a design that is reflective of storm water management philosophies for a healthy watershed and our community’s values. The City hopes the placards will help raise awareness about the City’s natural resources and how we, as a community, can care for and conserve our precious resources. The City was awarded a grant by the P3S Committee (Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater) to assist in the implementation of this community art project and increase the public’s awareness of the community’s watershed. 

To learn more about the projects or the City’s public art program, visit or contact the City’s Public Art Program Manager Melissa Mudgett at

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