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PowerArt! in Ann Arbor

PowerArt! is a public art project in downtown Ann Arbor. Creative Washtenaw, in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (AADDA) and the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.

Announcing the 2024 Call for Art and Jurors

16 New Works to be Installed Summer of 2024

 

PowerArt! is back for 2024! Creative Washtenaw is again managing the public art program in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (AADDA) and the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Public art champions, Larry and Lucie Nisson, are, in part, supporting this project.

16 new Washtenaw-based artists will be chosen for PowerArt! 2024, a public art project in downtown Ann Arbor with a call for art and jurors that is open until June 28, 2024. Creative Washtenaw, in cooperation with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (AADDA) and the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission, announces the continuation of this public art & design project that wraps traffic signal boxes in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan with vinyl-printed replicas of local artists’ work. Public art champions, Larry and Lucie Nisson, are, in part, supporting this project.

The PowerArt! 2024 call for art application and further instructions, eligibility requirements and details may be found at https://creativewashtenaw.org/2024-powerart-call-for-art/. Individual artists or teams who reside, work or attend school in Washtenaw County are eligible to apply and, if selected, will receive a $1,450 stipend.

With a commitment to artistic quality and including the public in its public art and design projects, Creative Washtenaw is implementing a two-step selection process.

  • Step one is to seat a community jury that includes members of the general public and art experts to select 22 PowerArt! semifinalists from the eligible submissions.
  • Step two is to conduct an online community vote to select the 16 finalists.

Jury applications are now being accepted. To be considered for the jury, community members must live, work, or attend school in Washtenaw County. Jury applications are being accepted now through June 28 and may be found at https://creativewashtenaw.org/application-2024-powerart-juror/.

To date, 26 PowerArt! boxes have been installed in the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority district. They are fun, whimsical and popular with townies, visitors and artists. See comments from the community below.

The City of Ann Arbor reports multiple benefits from the PowerArt! project. In addition to transforming the previously battleship gray traffic boxes that collect flyers and graffiti into colorful canvases displaying the work of local artists and beautifying its downtown, the City of Ann Arbor has found a practical benefit from PowerArt: vandalism and maintenance costs have decreased. A City of Ann Arbor field operations supervisor reports being very pleased with the program, “The boxes look really nice and have drastically cut down on the amount time and money spent on maintenance. They’re great.”

For more information about PowerArt!, please contact Creative Washtenaw at info@creativewashtenaw.org or 734.213.2733.

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