View All Press Releases
Utility boxes become canvases throughout downtown Rochester
Release Date: November 12, 2020
Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Shop Small every Saturday from November 28 to December 19
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.”
More information about the utility box art can be found at DowntownRochesterMN.com/Artwalk.
Find participating downtown Rochester businesses, promotions, and programs online at DowntownRochesterMN.com/SBS and follow Downtown Rochester, MN on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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.