Hoboken Launches ‘Art Box Mural Project’ — Local Artists Encouraged to Apply

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The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee launched the “Art Box Mural Project” on August 6th to beautify 15 utility boxes along Washington Street, following suit of Bayonne and Jersey City. According to a press release, the City of Hoboken, along with the committee, invites all artists who live or work in Hoboken to submit art proposals reflecting the theme of “equality and inclusion” to be painted on the utility boxes. 15 selections will be based on relevance to the theme, quality of work, and proven experience with similar projects. Here’s more about the project:

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^A photo of a utility box from Bayonne’s Beautification Project

The Launch of the Project and Committee

The seven-member Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee, chaired by Chris O’Connor {who is also the Founding Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre}, was formed last year as a result of an Executive Order signed by Mayor Bhalla to help select and recommend art projects to beautify public spaces in the City of Hoboken. As a part of the executive order, the City dedicates 1% of all city bond ordinances to fund the art projects recommended by the committee and approved by the Mayor and City Council.

Last year, artist Ricardo Roig painted the first public art project utilizing the fund, the Michael Chang mural above the tennis courts adjacent to John F. Kennedy Stadium.

“The Arts Advisory Committee is very glad to see this project launch,” said Chris. “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 to a very utilitarian object that is found up and down Washington Street. We are excited to have a project that involves so many artists. Our community will enjoy new work from 15 artists who live or work in Hoboken. We are eager to see submissions and hope many artists will apply.”

Read more: Hoboken + Jersey City Murals: The Stories Behind Them

How to Apply

Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1,250, which includes the artist’s fees and materials for painting the utility box. All submissions should be “family-friendly,” and can indicate a preferred location of the 15 utility boxes. The committee invites interested artists to complete an application by clicking this link, along with a brief letter of interest.

Artists have up until August 11, 2020 to submit applications. Artists without previous public art experience are also encouraged to apply.

The Theme of Equity and Inclusion

According to the project ‘s press release, “equity is fair-mindedness and egalitarianism, decency, and balance. 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.”

Mayor Bhalla added, “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.”

See More: Must-Visit Art Galleries in Hoboken

About The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee

The Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee is a group of local citizens–artists, merchants, organizational leaders, and public officials–working to bring innovative, interesting, and beautiful public art to the City of Hoboken. The purpose of The Arts Advisory Committee is to act as an advisory board to the Mayor and city administration relating to all questions involving public art and the City of Hoboken Art Program.

“The Committee endeavors to find public art that will bring enjoyment to both visitors and residents of Hoboken and enhance the visual environment of the city,” the press release stated. “A commitment to bringing artwork that embraces and cele­brates the City’s rich culture and diversity which is paramount to the Committee’s work. The Committee believes the utility box project integrates arts and culture into the Mile Square and will help build community and promote economic vitality in a meaningful way.”

For more information, guidelines, timeline, and addresses of utility boxes, please visit hobokennj.gov/muralproject.


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.