Public Art

Public Art and Community Beautification Committee

  • This committee has merged with Business Relations – more info to come!
The Public Art and Community Beautification Committee is focused on bringing public art to the Palms Neighborhood and empowering residents to make the community more vibrant and livable. The Committee serves to advise the Palms Neighborhood Council on matters relating to public beautification and administers several activities that aim to bring public art to Palms and encourage residents to take action to beautify the neighborhood. They include:
– The Utility Box Decoration Program
– The Palms Covid19 Memorial sculpture at Woodbine Park
– Mural Map
– Arts Development Fee Oversight
– Creative Placemaking and Community Branding
– Bulky Item Pick-Up and MyLA311 Promotion

Utility Box Program:

In 2012, the Palms Neighborhood Council, spearheaded by former Palms NC President Eli Lipman, was one of the first community groups to get an official MOU with LADOT for utility box art. Prior to those efforts, it was illegal for anyone to decorate LADOT utility boxes! Want to apply to decorate a utility box? Fill out our Utility Box Decoration form and submit! The Committee will review your proposed decoration and see if it is a right fit for Palms. Each approved Utility Box decorator will receive a $350 reimbursement from the Committee upon completion of their project.

Artists: Apply to paint a utility box in Palms!

Since 2012, the Palms NC has been sponsoring artists to improve and beautify our neighborhood by painting utility boxes! The process:

  • Palms NC announces available utility boxes
  • Call for submissions is made via social media and emails to interested artists
  • Artists fill out the submission form (including art proposal) and return to the Palms NC
  • Submissions are reviewed by the Palms NC, and final selections are voted on during a General Assembly meeting
  • The City of L.A. and LADOT approve the art
  • Approved art is executed by the artist(s), including anti-graffiti coating
  • Artist submits an invoice to the Palms NC
  • $250 grant is paid to the artist

Artists are also allowed to repair their art if it’s been affected by graffiti or damage, and are asked to monitor their art 6-12 times/year to be proactive in doing repairs.

Would you like to be considered for art in the Palms NC Utility Box Art Program? Email natasia.gascon@palmsnc.la

See current art

View the Palms Utility Box Art program art and other Palms sponsored art. Included are other LADOT utility box murals in the Palms neighborhood.

Want to see all previously approved LADOT boxes around the city (without art)? Check out the LADOT Utility Box Map!
Includes date of approval, so you can see if art placed was approved.

In 2012, the Palms Neighborhood Council, spearheaded by former Palms NC President Eli Lipman, was one of the first community groups to get an official MOU with LADOT for utility box art. Prior to those efforts, it was illegal for anyone to decorate LADOT utility boxes!