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Investing in Local Art

Local Peoria Project Turns the Mundane into Works of Art

The streets of Peoria are vibrant with creativity and color. “Art plays a role in defining and enhancing our community,” says Joey Herring, Public Arts Manager for the City of Peoria.

Peoria proudly boasts permanent art installations throughout town, including sculptures and murals, adding character to the city's streets. One unique program even adds beauty to the cityscape's most mundane objects.

The Utility Box Wrap Program uses a jury panel to select artwork through a competitive process. Selected pieces are then wrapped onto utility boxes for all to enjoy. The program started with just a few wrapped utility boxes and has proven to be such a success that it has expanded to include dozens more. The city has 40 wrapped utility boxes, including 18 recent additions. Every other year, the city updates a handful of the existing utility boxes with new art selected through the same process.

“This art is an amenity to the citizens of Peoria,” says Herring. “It enhances the experience of living in and visiting our city.”

The City of Peoria invites the public to enjoy all city-owned art pieces and learn more about the artists on self-guided tours using a downloadable tour brochure. Find out more about art in Peoria, including the Utility Box Wrap Program, online at

  • Photo by Christine Andert—Picture Lady Photography LLC