On Thursday night a special First Thursday ceremony was held in Fayetteville to recognize nine local artists.
You may’ve seen some of their work on utility boxes around town…the program is actually part of a greater plan by the city to promote public art as a whole in Fayetteville.
Cameron Baker is just one of the Fayetteville artists who got on board to paint local utility boxes around town.
He says the city has become a destination for artists, because public art is so encouraged by the city and its community.
“Pretty much as a city Fayetteville is just really creative, and it just inspires that creativity, and whoever gets to witness that art..there’s places where you can find awesome art, you know whether its at the coffee shop, on the side of the street or at the utility box,” Baker said.
The Utility Art Box Program started back in 2012, as a way to combat graffiti popping up downtown.
“The interesting thing about that is when that artist puts their work on a utility box the graffiti artist wont tag over that. Its sort of a unwritten code not to mess up another artists work,” Brian Pugh with Keep Fayetteville Beautiful said.
From there, city leaders say the program expanded, and you can now find artwork on everything from buildings to storm drains.
“It just creates that positive quality of life, you know when people drive by it makes them happier, people enjoy it and its one of the things that a lot of people like about Fayetteville,” Baker said.
The city has plans for more utility boxes to be painted this spring.
For more information on how to get your artwork on a utility box or a mural just click the link provided.