New Britain looks to turn more traffic-signal boxes into works of art

Published on Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:33
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The city is accepting proposals from artists that would help turn traffic-signal control boxes into art pieces.

These art pieces are part of the High Voltage Art Project, which is overseen by Mayor Erin Stewart and the New Britain Commission on the Arts.

“The High Voltage Art Project is now entering its third year and we can’t wait to get started on a new round of art for our community,” Stewart said Wednesday. “With the arrival of the ‘Bees Across New Britain’ project and more painted traffic-control boxes, it is going to be a colorful and vibrant spring here in our city.”

The High Voltage Art Project is funded through community contributions. Stanley Black & Decker, Jasko Development, the Polonia Business Association, Alderman and Arts Commission liaison Don Naples, attorney Anne Marshall, Stewart’s Trophy Charitable Fund and the Downtown District have previously contributed to the project.

The first five High Voltage Art boxes were introduced during the 2016 Little Poland Festival. Since then, nine other boxes have been decorated in the downtown area.

Members of the New Britain Artist Co-Op, artists who live in New Britain, and other individuals helped paint the boxes. The themes in the paintings include nods to the city’s industrial past, original illustrations and Polish folk art.

Funds collected through donations from businesses and community organizations will contribute to a $300 stipend that will be given to artists. Donations can be sent to the mayor’s office at 27 W. Main St. In the memo section, write “High Voltage Art.”

Artists who wish to participate in the project must be Connecticut residents. Special consideration will be given to New Britain artists. Interested artists can submit up to three design proposals. Selections will be made by the New Britain Art Commission and the mayor’s office. The deadline to apply is April 8.

Applications are posted at and they can be found by clicking “Documents,” then “Boards and Commissions” and then “Arts.”

For more information on the High Voltage Art Project, call the mayor’s office at 860-826-3303.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:33. Updated: Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:35.