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YSUscape Improves Looks of Youngstown Utility Boxes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – YSUscape announces the successful completion of phase one of the Utility Box Vinyl Artwork Project, where vinyl artwork was installed onto utility boxes around downtown Youngstown and around Youngstown State University’s campus.

The project was the result of a Neighborhood Success grant awarded by the Raymond John Wean Foundation for the implementation of public art listed in the Creative Placemaking Opportunity Sites Catalog, a joint planning effort between YSUscape, downtown residents, and the Economic Action Group.

YSUscape received feedback and acquired works of art from residents, YSU art students, local artists, and community institutions such as The Purple Cat, the Butler Institute of America Art, and the ‘City of You’ branding campaign for Youngstown. All artists have been compensated for their work.

Phase two of the project will be completed in the coming weeks. YSUscape plans on expanding this project and covering additional utility boxes in the spring, in addition to bringing other forms of public art to beautify the city.

The grant program offered by the Raymond John Wean Foundation works to provide support to resident-driven projects that improve the quality of life in Warren and Youngstown neighborhoods. Technical assistance for the project was provided by the Economic Action Group.

To get involved with YSUscape or share an idea with the organization, go to Facebook or email YSUScape@gmail.com.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.