Area artists are encouraged to apply to beautify five traffic signal control boxes in Santa Maria with captivating and inspired imagery. The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is looking for original artists to enhance the utility boxes in a vivid new way.

This is a wonderful opportunity for creative artists to let the community see their work. Art with ties to the community’s’ social, cultural, and/or historical identify will be a plus. Thousands of people will drive or walk by the utility boxes every day. In addition, photographs of the boxes will be displayed on the City of Santa Maria website and other print and electronic media sources.

“Phase #1 was such a resounding success, we are excited to start Phase #2,” Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst, said. “The first five utility boxes that were painted have demonstrated the amazing talent of artists living in our area, as well as enhancing the beauty of our City. All of the public art in Santa Maria, including the Phase #1 utility boxes, can be viewed on the City’s website.”

Phase #2 boxes will be located along Betteravia Road and will need to incorporate the surrounding business themes in the art designs on the boxes.

Eligibility: Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County residents.

Stipend: $500, and up to $250 reimbursement for material costs.

Deadline to submit application packet: 5:00 p.m.Friday, July 28, 2017.

Download the official “Call for Artist” information packet as well as an application and “Box Art” design template at the City’s website,

Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department, 925-0951 extension 2260.