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Nampa: City to unveil first painted utility box March 14

The city of Nampa will unveil on Thursday the first artwork in the city’s Paint the Box series. The event takes place at 9:30 a.m. at the corner 14th Avenue South and 2nd Street South across the street from the Flying M Coffeegarage.

The artwork, entitled “Olé!,” is vinyl art wrap created from an original watercolor by artist Helen Grainger Wilson. The painting depicts recent traditional Mexican dance performances in Nampa and Boise.

This is the first of many traffic utility boxes throughout the city that will be adorned by artwork created by local artists and art students as part of the Paint the Box program, according to the city.

The program, which aims to decrease graffiti and vandalism on the utility boxes by making them colorful works of art, will continue through the city’s economic development department as funding allows.

Grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, National Endowment on the Arts and matching funds from Community Development Block Grants helped make the first box possible. The artist donated her artwork for the project.

For more information or to donate to the program email collinsrr@cityofnampa.us or stop by 9 12th Ave. S. in Nampa.

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