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Utility boxes become canvases throughout downtown Rochester

Release Date: November 12, 2020

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: 507-216-9886



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ROCHESTER, Minn.—Public infrastructure pieces are once again becoming canvases in downtown Rochester, where seven local artists created works on 13 utility boxes this October.

The project was funded by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding from the City of Rochester and coordinated by the Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA). The RDA led a similar project between 2012 and 2014 and was glad to provide the opportunity to a new generation of artists.

“Anytime we get to showcase local artistic talent, and also showcase downtown, it’s a win,” said Karli McElroy, RDA senior director of placemaking. “This is the perfect project for this moment, too, as it encourages viewers to safely discover the new and old art around town in a physically distanced way.”

Artist Work Location
Jessalyn Finch For the Love of Rochester Crows 2nd St SW and 1st Ave SW
Philip Taylor Tell Me at Midnight Alley behind Castle
Tiffany Alexandria Wanderer Broadway & 1st St NW
Michelle Palmer Native Strong 1st St. SE & Broadway Ave S
Maggie Panetta Good Vibes 1st Ave NE & 1st St NE
Elizabeth Forsman Gilded Flowers 2nd St SE & Civic Center Dr
Tierney Welter Perspective 3rd Ave SE & 4th St SE

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About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.