The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Call to Visual Artists: Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project


Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project is a project designed to increase the presence of public art in Amherst and the Amherst Center Cultural District by inviting artists to create unique and imaginative paintings on three designated utility boxes in downtown Amherst.

“Electrify Amherst! is a great opportunity to bring more public art into downtown Amherst and for artists and the Amherst community to connect,” said Amherst Public Art Commission member Amy Crawley “We want Electrify Amherst! to showcase some of the many talented artists in our community and celebrate our town.” Three selected artists will receive a stipend of $350 each.

Artists can submit proposals for Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project until the July 15 DEADLINE. The three selected artists will be determined by a 5-person jury that will consist of two members of the Amherst Public Art Commission, 1-2 downtown business owners, and 1-2 local artists.

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project was inspired by the “Emily’s Corner” utility box located at the corner of Main Street and Dickinson, that was painted several years ago by artist Ezzell Floranina. Members of the Amherst Public Art Commission were interested in expanding art in the downtown streetscape and continuing to grow Amherst as a public art community.

The three utility boxes that will be painted as part of Electrify Amherst! are located at the intersection of Main Street/North Pleasant Street, North Pleasant Street/Kellogg Avenue, and North Pleasant Street/Cowles Street.

Artists interested in submitting a proposal should visit or email

Electrify Amherst! The Electrical Box Makeover Project is a public art project funded by the Amherst Cultural Council. The project has also received in-kind donations from Cowls Building Supply and Leader Home Centers.

Contact: Amy Crawley, member, Amherst Public Art Commission, 978-239-7601,

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