How often do you notice electrical or traffic signal boxes? Maybe never. Their current design doesn’t beckon for them to be seen. What if we turn these boxes into a canvas to highlight the magic within our Skagit? The beauty of our county is undeniable in its diversity of landscapes, flora, and fauna and in the wonderful people who make this corner of the world shine. Here is an opportunity to share your voice and artistic talent to showcase what makes Skagit county special.
Any group within Skagit County can apply. Examples of groups could include, but are not limited to, school classes, churches, civic clubs, organizations, Tribes, or just a group of friends who want to be involved. Really, the possibilities are endless!
Once your group has applied and been accepted, a representative from your group will be invited to informal training. At the training, you will learn how to lead your group through the process of discovery that will culminate in a finished work of art on a public utility box.
“Magic Skagit” is the inaugural poem for the project. It was written by representatives from the Museum of Northwest Art and Voices of the Children and read by Skagit River Poetry Foundation Student Poet Laureate, Lucy Shainin.
The winning artwork, “MURAL” by Sarah Denby, is located on a traffic signal box at the corner of 1st and Division Streets in Downtown Mount Vernon.