If you have walked around downtown Berkeley lately you may have walked by a utility box or two covered with art. This is the result of Ariana Katovich of Streets Alive.
In 2010 Ariana Katovich noticed as she commuted to work in Berkeley, a city that appeared to be monotone in color and not reflective of her perception of Berkeley as a colorful artistic community. This inspired her to start Streets Alive, a restoration initiative of Earth Island Institute, a non-profit Berkeley based organization. In line with that organizations’ goals of preserving the environment, the purpose of the Streets Alive program is to bring art and nature to the Berkeley streets. Her concept is to bring artists and sponsors together to decorate the drab city owned utility boxes with sustainability themed art.
As of this time, Streets Alive has rolled out the program to the rest of the city and is currently working with the Downtown Oakland Association to expand the program to that area.
About Streets Alive
Learn more about the organization and program. Find out who the current sponsors and artists are, where the painted and available boxes are located, how to become a sponsor and how to apply to paint a box. Streets Alive