PowerArt! is a public art & design project that wraps the traffic signal boxes in downtown Ann Arbor, MI with vinyl-printed replicas of local artists’ work.
In partnership with the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority (AADDA) and the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission (AAPAC), The Arts Alliance is facilitated the selection and installation of artwork by local artists on power boxes throughout downtown Ann Arbor.
With a commitment to artistic quality and including the public in its public art and design projects, The Arts Alliance implemented a two-step selection process. For each of the three PowerArt! rounds, a call for art was issued to Washtenaw County-based artists and at the same time, a call for a jury of art professionals and community members to select the top works. The jury then chose the top finalists for each call before the general public made the final selections through an online public voting process.
The final artist selections were printed and installed on to the power boxes at street intersections. Each artist received $1,450 for their artwork.
Community members and visitors alike have had great things to say about PowerArt!
Participating artists have enjoyed the results and been impressed with the installations saying:
Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Art & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and The Arts Alliance’s Members & Donors.