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PaintBox

Local artists can paint a City of Boston-owned utility box with their original designs.

The goal of our program is to recognize and celebrate local artists. Utility boxes are professionally painted with local artists' original designs. Located in neighborhood business districts, these painted boxes contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of the urban streetscape. Our program is a great opportunity for artists looking to enter Boston's public art community.

We're receiving many questions from artists seeking guidance on the ways coronavirus (COVID-19) might impact programs such as this one. While protocols and guidelines are changing quickly, we continue to offer as much support and up-to-date information as possible. We encourage you to monitor this page, where we are regularly posting new information. Rapidly changing timelines may impact key program dates, and the implementation of the program could be delayed.

Have questions? Contact:

Arts and Culture
Application

We are no longer accepting applications for PaintBox at this time.

Paintbox Template

Utility box painted by Elliot Portman

How PaintBox works

Eligibility and selection process
  • Applicants must be artists of at least 18 years of age.
  • Artists are responsible for implementing and documenting the project.
  • Artists can only receive one PaintBox stipend per year.
  • Artists must agree that the Paintbox can be painted over at any time by the City of Boston.
  • Artists may submit up to three designs for one utility box.
  • We may not approved PaintBox projects for historic districts.
Design Restrictions and Requirements
  • Designs should cover the entire utility box and avoid large monochrome areas.
  • The City will not approve any design that includes logos or advertisements of any kind.
  • The City will not approve any imagery that may be confused for directional signage.
  • Please discreetly incorporate your signature and the text "City of Boston" into your design.
  • Except for the artist's signature, website, and City of Boston, designs may not incorporate text.
 
PROJECT AWARD AND APPLICATION INFORMATION

Artists will receive $200 after approval to cover the cost of supplies and $300 upon completion. To receive the final payment, artists must submit the following:

  • A photo of the electric utility meter number (if visible)
  • Photos of the completed PaintBox

Artists will be required to submit a W-2 form and a City of Boston vendor ID form after receiving their notification letter in order for any payment to process.

PaintBox by Mattaya Fitts
Utility box painted by Mattaya Fitts.

PaintBox Locations

PaintBox Locations
Allston-Brighton
  • Western Ave. and N. Harvard St. 
  • Brighton Ave .and Harvard Ave. (2 boxes)
  • St. Paul St. and Commonwealth Ave.
  •  Chestnut Hill Ave. and Commonwealth Ave.
  • Linden Street and Brighton Ave. 
  • Kelton St., Warren St., and Commonwealth Ave. 
  • 30 Blenford Road 
  • 138 Brighton Ave.
Back Bay
  • Berkeley St. and Columbus Ave.
  • Boylston St. and Massachusetts Ave. 
Charlestown
  • Essex St. and Main St. 
Chinatown
  • Kneeland St. and Tyler St. 
  • Essex St. and Harrison Ave. 
Dorchester
  • Dorchester Ave. and Ashmont St. 
  • 207 Adams St. 
  • Talbot Ave. and Bernard St. 
  • Columbia Rd. and Washington St. 
  • Columbia Rd. and Quincy St. 
  • 2017 Adams St. 
  • Columbia Road and Dorchester Ave. 
Downtown
  • State St. and Atlantic Ave.
  • High St. and Congress St. 
  • Court St., Washington St., and Atlantic Ave. 
  • Congress St. and Milk St. 
  • Atlantic Ave. and Summer St. 
​​​East Boston
  • Saratoga St. and St. Edward Rd. 
Fenway-Kenmore
  • Boylston St. and Hemenway St. 
  • Evans Way and Huntington Ave. 
Hyde Park
  • River St. and Hyde Park Ave. 
Jamaica Plain
  • South St. and Child St. 
  • Carolina Ave., Custer St., and South St. 
  • Centre St. and Green St.
  • Green St. and Amory St. 
Mattapan
  • Blue Hill Ave. and Walk Hill St. 
Roxbury
  • Magazine St., Blue Hill Ave., and Dudley St. 
South End
  • Massachusetts Ave. and St. Botolph St. 
​​​​​​Allston-Brighton
  • 1098 Commonwealth Ave.
  • 900 Commonwealth Ave.
  • 59 Brighton Ave.
  • Brighton Ave. between Linden St. and Chester St. 
  • 860 Commonwealth Ave.
Back Bay
  • 46 Newbury St. 
  • 240 Newbury St.
  • Beacon St. and Gloucester St. 
Chestnut Hill
  • Beacon St.
Dorchester
  • Geneva Ave. and Park St. 
  • 551 Talbot Ave. 
  • 1792 Dorchester Ave.
  • 555 Talbot Ave.
  • 1700 Dorchester Ave. 
  • 1712 Dorchester Avenue 
  • 9 Monsignor Lydon Way 
  • Dorchester Ave. and Linden St.
Fenway-Kenmore
  • 590-594 Avenue of the Arts, Huntington Ave. 
  • 61 Brookline Ave. 
  • Van Ness St. and Jersey St. 
  • 7 Jersey St.
  • 4 Kilmarnock St. 
Newton
  • 599 Commonwealth Ave. 
North End
  • 10 Thatcher St. 
  • North Square between Prince St. and Moon St. 
South Boston
  • Broadway Station - Dorchester Ave. & Traveler St. 
South End
  • Tremont St. and Clarendon St. 
  • West Concord St. and Tremont St. 
  • Peters Park, Bradford Street Entrance 
Roxbury
  • 189 Blue Hill Ave. 
  • Jackson Station - Centre St. & Columbus Ave. 
West End
  • 20 Staniford St.