NCALL/Restoring Central Dover Traffic Box Art Project to Begin
For Immediate Release, May 24, 2018:
Contact: Will Grimes, Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator (302) 678-9400 or wgrimes[at]ncall[dot]org
Dover, Delaware – On May 29, 2018, Restoring Central Dover will begin the Community Traffic Box Art Project with the painting of the first traffic box located at the corner of South Governors Avenue and Loockerman Street. The Dover High School Art Club will be painting their design on the traffic box from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Will Grimes, NCALL’s Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator who is leading the project, said the DelDOT traffic boxes will account for 18 different art projects.
The aim of the Traffic Box Art Project is to enhance community pride, support the creation of neighborhood identity through art, and add some vibrancy to the Central Dover area. Restoring Central Dover and the Downtown Dover Partnership are collaborating on this City-Wid Art Initiative that includes the city’s electric boxes as well as murals. Joe Myer, Executive Director of NCALL, said “It is proven that community development and the arts go hand in hand, and revitalization is more successful when they full connect. That is what we are pursuing in Dover.
NCALL is the lead agency of Restoring Central Dover, a comprehensive community development effort comprised of over 20 different organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, businesses, institutions, and residents. Utilizing a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grant, the Restoring Central Dover Plan was adopted in 2014 and identifies strategies to create a strong community, positive development and an integrated public realm. Restoring Central Dover was instrumental in the City of Dover receiving the Downtown Development District (DDD) designation in 2015 and access to new revitalization resources. The Executive Summary and full Plan may be found at www.ncall.org/restoring-central-dover