San Rafael Leadership Institute Class Project – Utility Box “Art With a Purpose” – May Updates

box 4th and b next door

Utility Box Painting Program returned to San Rafael this May!

What: The San Rafael Leadership Institute Class of 2024 “Art with a Purpose” project promotes creating a healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient community.

Why: Install art on existing infrastructure, aiming to inspire residents, job seekers, and employers by promoting chamber values such as sustainability, inclusivity, and equitable opportunities. Specifically, we plan to feature a creative interpretation of these values through Utility boxes designed by local artists.  This is a project of the San Rafael Leadership Institute, a program of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.

Artists submitted their ideas for additional Utility Box painting to occur during May 2024. Focusing on the pillars of:

Community Resources
Disaster Preparedness
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
Economic Vitality
Workforce Development

We are seeking to engage the local Artistic Community in capturing the essence of one of these topics per box.  Each box will have a QR code linking to a page on the City's website showcases services promoting the above pillars.

Site Locations: The 6 utility boxes are sprinkled throughout the City of San Rafael. MAP HERE.

  1. 4th & A Street
  2. 4th & B Street
  3. Civic Center -Civic Center & McInnis Prkwy
  4. Northgate Mall- Las Gallinas at Nova Albion
  5. Canal District - Bellam & Kerner Blvd.
  6. Montecito Area - 2rd & Grand

Artist details, sponsors, box themes, and resource links can be found HERE.

The celebration event honoring the artists, sponsors, and class will be held on May 30th.

Check out our progress photos here!