Traffic Box Art

The City of Columbia, Missouri invites an artist or a team of artists residing in mid-Missouri to apply for project to create art on traffic signal boxes in downtown Columbia. The goal of the project is to decrease graffiti and bring art into public space. This project is being implemented by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). Proposals are now being accepted for the 2019 Traffic Box Art project. See application information below. 

See before and after images and videos of previous Traffic Box Art projects.


LOCATION: Corner of Sixth and Broadway

DIMENSIONS: 50.75” H x 24” W x 17” D

Traffic Control Box


Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey the sense of the Columbia community. When designing your artwork, think of the vitality of The District and its contribution to the city as a whole, such as arts, music, community events, and special attractions.

The City’s Standing Committee on Public Art, artists, arts professionals, community representatives and project staff, will base their selection on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Artistic merit
  • Effectiveness in abating graffiti (e.g. no large blank or light colored areas)
  • Design reflects life in Columbia and the vitality of The District
  • Design is appropriate for the specific site in its layout and composition, that is, it may reflect the history, happenings, or architecture of the specific location

The total budget for this project includes an artist honorarium of $1,500 and an allowance for materials of up to $500. The OCA will provide a designated primer and graffiti coat sealant, both of which must be used.


Review the project information, artist eligibility, design criteria, selection process and other information on the  opens in a new windowApplication Instructions

To be considered, submit the following:

  • Current résumé of arts-related projects or jobs (Include your contact information)
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • Design proposal on the template provided ( opens in a new windowDownload the Template)
  • A typed statement briefly explaining your design, one page maximum. Describe application method in artist statement (i.e. paint, vinyl wrap, or other process).


Applications must be received by Monday, March 25 at 5 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • Submit by email:
  • Submit by mail: City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, PO Box 6015, Columbia MO, 65205
  • Submit by hand: The OCA office is in the process of moving, please call 573-874-6387 to find out the delivery address