ALAMEDA - Alameda Municipal Power announced on Thursday the launch of Power Box Art, a pilot project aimed at beautifying transformer boxes in the Park Street business area.

Artists who live or work in the city of Alameda are invited to submit art that reflects how the community can reduce its carbon footprint through renewable power sources, cleaner transportation, recycling and reuse, shopping locally, supporting local farmers, and water and energy conservation.

The project is being coordinated by the Park Street Business Association and Rhythmix Cultural Works, along with the Alameda Municipal Power utility.

A panel of judges will select 10 designs, which will then be transferred to a vinyl adhesive film and professionally applied to the exterior of the transformer boxes.

Selected artists, including one K-12 student, will receive a $500 honorarium and will be featured in a Power Box Art show at the Rhythmix-K Gallery.

Each transformer has been sponsored by a local business. Sponsors include Alameda Collision Repair, Alameda Island Brewing Company, Alameda Natural Grocery, Berg Injury Lawyers, The Marketplace, Mason Management, Ole's Waffle Shop, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Rich and Rose Krinks, a broker and associate realtor at Harbor Bay Realty, and Tucker's Ice Cream.


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Information on the location of the transformers and an official "call to artists" is available on the Power Box Art website.

The deadline for submissions is June 16 at 5 p.m. Winning designs will be announced on July 2.

The transformed utility boxes will be unveiled Sept. 12 on an "art walk," beginning at Rhythmix.

For more information or to submit artwork, visit www.alamedamp.com/art.



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