Milwaukee Downtown, BID 21
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Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 announces design competition for Wisconsin Avenue utility boxes

The utility box mural installations will serve as the pilot initiative for Arts on Wisconsin Avenue.

By - Feb 1st, 2017 01:40 pm

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (February 1, 2017) – Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, with input from the Downtown Placemaking Task Force, announced today a design competition for a mural installation on Wisconsin Avenue utility boxes.

The utility box mural installations will serve as the pilot initiative for Arts on Wisconsin Avenue – a summer initiative to build downtown’s identity through the enhancement of spaces and places with sculpture, mural and lighting installations. The project is intended to heighten awareness of the creative community and reflect Wisconsin Avenue’s prominent stance as Milwaukee’s main street.

The Request for Creativity allows artists to explore creative design concepts for ten identified Wisconsin Avenue utility boxes. Artists are encouraged to submit mural ideas for one (1) box, several boxes, or all ten (10) boxes. Artists can submit an idea(s) as an individual, or put together a team. Final designs will successfully reflect Wisconsin Avenue’s rich history of commerce, diversity of architecture and people, and its undoubtedly bright future. Installations will take place in June.

“This is the year of Wisconsin Avenue,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “There is so much momentum along the Avenue and the utility box project is just one of the many developments adding vibrancy to our historic main street.”

A $1,500 stipend will be allocated for each utility box to cover the artist’s time and materials. Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 and community partners are sponsoring the project.

All design inquiries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15 to Gabriel Yeager, Final submissions are due Wednesday, March 1. Information on the project is available at

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