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File #: 2094-2019    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Afternoon Administrative Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/15/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: 11/19/2019 Final action: 11/19/2019
Title: Downtown Utility Box Temporary Art Program to Install Temporary Public Art on City-Owned Utility Boxes in Downtown Napa
Attachments: 1. ATCH 1 - Project Site Map, 2. ATCH 2 - Resolution with EX A, 3. EX B - Downtown Utility Boxes Art Program Map
To: Honorable Mayor and Members of City Council

From: John Coates, Parks & Recreation Services Director

Prepared By: Katrina Gregory, Recreation & Public Art Manager

Downtown Utility Box Temporary Art Program to Install Temporary Public Art on City-Owned Utility Boxes in Downtown Napa


Adopt a resolution approving the Downtown Utility Box Temporary Art Program Policies and Guidelines; and determining that the actions authorized by this resolution are exempt from CEQA.

The proposed Utility Box Temporary Art Program ("Program") would allow for the installation of temporary art on 13 City-owned utility cabinets in downtown Napa. The Program is similar to programs in other cities throughout the country and in Napa's Rail Arts District (RAD), in which photographs of artworks are transferred to vinyl and wrapped around existing utility boxes. The Program is aligned with the City of Napa's Public Art Master Plan because the art wraps contribute to a more livable and visually stimulating environment. The proposed objectives of the Program are to create a unique experience in downtown; to inspire businesses, residents, and visitors; and to support regional artists.

The Program was developed in response to a proposal submitted by Craig Smith, Executive Director for the Napa Downtown Association and the project coordinator, Shelly Willis, Executive Director for Napa's Rail Arts District to install and maintain camera-ready artwork on 13 City-owned utility boxes in downtown Napa at its sole cost and expense. The 13 proposed sites are predominately the signal cabinets for the downtown street traffic lights and there are a few other electrical boxes. See Attachment 1 for the proposed locations.
The Public Art Steering Committee reviewed the Program at the September 24, 2019 meeting and the Committee unanimously recommended the Program to City Council.
Since the temporary art will be inst...

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