Help turn Allston's utility boxes into beautiful works of art!

Allston's Art Box Project

Allston Village Main Streets, in coordination with The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission, invites artists to submit proposals for the painting of 10 utility boxes in Allston! Once professionally painted, these 10 utility boxes will contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of Allston Village and deter graffiti and vandalism.

Fill out this Request for Proposal to apply to paint one of Allston's utility boxes!

Participating artists will be awarded a $500 stipend from Allston Village Main Streets to complete this project, half of which will be provided before painting to assist with purchasing supplies. 

Turn this

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  • Artists who qualify will fill out the paintbox application form and attach up to 3 conceptual designs for the utility box.

  • Selections will be made by AVMS’ Design Committee and the City of Boston

  • Artists will be notified if and when they are selected. 

  • AVMS will work with selected artists to choose a specific utility box to paint.

  • Artists are encouraged to promote their work, but designs will need prior approval from AVMS



  • Artists must be a resident of the City of Boston and must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Artists who live or who have lived in Allston will be given priority.


  • Applications must be submitted by July 31st. Completion of this project will be dependent on the phase of reopening and the approval of artist's design, but we are hoping to complete the project by August 31st, 2020.


Artists will be able to choose one of 10 utility boxes in Allston Village. Below is a map of locations and pictures of 10 utility boxes. Please specify which box you'd like to pain in the RFP application.

Map of Utility Box Locations

Please contact for any questions!

We look forward to seeing your designs!

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Phone: (617) 254-7564  |

161 Harvard Ave # 11, Allston, MA 02134