Wellesley’s Traffic Box Art Program, which decorates local intersections in the city, has received a new grant of $ 5,000 from the Al Robinson Fund for the Arts to help support more artists.
The art program, which was the ‘brainchild’ of Wellesley Police Chief Jack Pilecki, and which began in 2020, included 14 circulation boxes that were decorated by local artists.
The effort is overseen by the Wellesley Public Art Committee and the Wellesley Police Department, and includes support from the Robinson Fund and the Wellesley Cultural Council.
“The boxes spark conversation – we all have our favorites – and are loved by drivers and pedestrians alike,” Pilecki said in a statement.
Participating artists are chosen through an application process and receive a stipend for their creations. They included high school and college students, professional painters, and an art teacher from Wellesley College.
The Al Robinson Fund for the Arts is named after Albert S. Robinson, who served as a Wellesley city councilor for almost 40 years. This is a Community Fund grant program for Wellesley.
The Robinson Fund grants “specifically support artistic expression for the enrichment of the Wellesley community,” the statement said.
Mike Stephens, President of the Community Fund for Wellesley, said: “We are proud to be a part of this fantastic public art project which showcases the work of local artists and brightens the day for all members of the community when ‘they see each of these boxes. “
More information about the program can be found on the city’s website at wellesleyma.gov.
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