Experience the Unexpected
The SCP is working to incorporate more art as part of economic development in Downtown Springfield. In the Fall of 2015 - we piloted a utility box mural program in Stearns Square Park during the "Springfield Under the Stars" movie night, and people loved it! Because of this, the District designed expansion of the program to take the total number of painted boxes in the District from 2 to 22. The theme of all of the boxes is "unexpected beauty," playing off the SCP's tagline "Experience the Unexpected."
The purpose of this project is two-fold: first, to beautify the streets and create unique and interesting pedestrian sights; second, to provide economic opportunity to local artists who are trying to make a living creating art in Springfield. We see this project in its final step as a huge, free outdoor gallery that is accessible to anyone, regardless of social or income status.
The initial phase of this project wrapped up in June of 2016, with 23 boxes painted - 22 by professional artists and 1 by young artists to encourage them to follow their passion. We are investigating the possibility of expanding the project further.