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That’s a Wrap Temporary Public Art Program – 2023 Call for Submissions

traffic control box wrapped in artwork

traffic control box wrapped in artKawartha Lakes – That’s a Wrap Traffic Control Box Call for Submissions has been launched again for the second of its three-year program. 

Starting in 2022, the City has worked with local artists to help beautify the landscape by wrapping its municipal traffic control boxes with themed artwork. Currently there are nine wrapped traffic control boxes across the community: two in Fenelon Falls, two in Bobcaygeon and five in Lindsay.  In total, 29 traffic control boxes will be wrapped by 2025.

“In partnership with the Kawartha Arts Network, the Economic Development Division of Kawartha Lakes is proud to work with its artistic community to showcase the amazing talent we have here in our own community.  Wrapping the traffic control boxes with juried work, celebrates the high caliber of artistic work in a really accessible and interesting way,” explained Donna Goodwin, Economic Development Officer, Arts and Culture.

Visual artists and graphic designers in Kawartha Lakes are invited to submit digitally created artwork, or scans of original artwork through our online form. This year’s theme is sports and/or performance arts and entertainment. Submissions can represent activities such as music, theatre, dance, sports - individual or team. They could portray concerts, performances, venues, equipment, or other things that evoke the rich and rousing emotions of sports entertainment.

Ten (10) works of art are required to wrap ten (10) municipal traffic control boxes. Successful traffic control box submissions will receive a $200 honorarium for their work.  In addition to the (10), another three (3) are required to fill out the monthly requirements of the 2024 Municipal Calendar, including the front cover.

Submissions are due by August 18, 2023. Artwork will be juried with successful applicants contacted on August 29 2023.  

We can’t wait to see what the artists of Kawartha Lakes submit!

traffic control box wrapped in artWhat is That’s a Wrap?

That’s a Wrap is a temporary public art initiative to wrap select traffic control boxes in the municipality with art. The program enlivens the landscape, helps to reduce graffiti and visually connects the communities of Kawartha Lakes for area residents and visitors. You can browse last year’s submissions and artist bio’s on our That’s a Wrap 2022 webpage, or in the 2023 Municipal Calendar. If you’d like to see the wrapped traffic control boxes in person, you can find each location on the That’s a Wrap map.

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