- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The city of Portland is issuing an open call for artists who want to submit proposals for designs to enhance public utility boxes as public art.

The city’s police department and its public art committee is issuing the call so a panel of artists can review submissions and pick five artists to paint utility boxes around the city.

Proposals are due to the city by July 15. Artists will get $300 for the project once their designs are completed and approved.

The city says it is using donations from NBT Bank and Port Property Management for the public art work.

Similar projects have taken place in other cities all over the country.

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