Wednesday, April 25, 2012

State contributes to Ketchum project

Commission gives $1,000 to paint utility boxes


The Idaho Commission on the Arts is giving $1,000 to support the Ketchum Arts Commission's initiative to cover utility boxes in art.

The project, dubbed, "Cover Art," will feature vinyl images of original art wrapped around utility boxes throughout Ketchum.

The contribution will help offset the costs associated with the project, in particular the hiring of a public arts project advisor, according to a news release issued by the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department, which oversees the Ketchum Arts Commission.

Hailey resident Mark Johnstone will step into that role. Johnstone recently headed the Hailey Arts Commission and at one time headed public art for the city of Los Angeles.


The Ketchum Arts Commission is also in the process of raising funds from private donors to supplement its own budget.

"Given the significant cutbacks in state and federal support for public art projects, we're particularly pleased with the ICA's commitment," Claudia McCain, chair of the Ketchum Arts Commission, said in the release. "Cover Art is a great example of how public art can create vitality in a city by transforming mundane infrastructure elements into engaging works of art."

Artists currently are being sought for the project.

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