More utility boxes to become works of art

The city is offering artists a chance to showcase their work by designing and painting utility boxes. Now in its third year, ArtBox is an annual program aimed at transforming utility boxes into original works of art while also promoting individual artists and Salem’s burgeoning arts scene. Participants are invited to submit their proposals for art that presents their visual interpretation of Salem’s cityscape, culture, community pride, or art itself. Winning artists will each receive $500, in addition to gaining wide exposure for their work. The deadline for submissions is April 7 at 4 p.m. The work will be judged by an independent group of creative professionals. One box will be painted weekly starting in June. Last year’s winners were all artists based in Salem: Campbell Seamans, Amanda Dunham, Adam Harmon, Craig Nelson, Clare AuBuchon, and Carly Menasco. For more information or to get an application, go to the Department of Planning and Community Development page on the city’s website,, call the department at 978-619-5685, or e-mail