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That's a Wrap Public Art Program

The Kawartha Lakes’ That’s a Wrap Traffic Control Box (TCB) art program is a temporary public art initiative to wrap select traffic control boxes along the Kawartha Lakes road network with artist created imagery. That’s a Wrap will enliven the landscape, help to reduce graffiti and visually connect the communities of Kawartha Lakes for area residents and cottagers.

Visual artists and graphic designers in Kawartha Lakes are invited to submit digitally created artwork, or scans of original artwork through our online form. This year’s theme is agriculture and rural life has been chosen to support the theme of the International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (IPM) coming to Lindsay from October 1 to 5, 2024. Submissions can represent a range of activities from hanging clothes on a clothesline to horses out to pasture. They could portray sitting around a campfire, swaying stands of corn or flowers down a country lane.

Ten (10) works of art are required to wrap ten (10) municipal traffic control boxes. Another three (3) are required to fill out the monthly requirements of the 2025 Municipal Calendar, including the front cover.

Along with the exposure and name recognition, the artists chosen for the That’s a Wrap Traffic Control Box art program will be rewarded with a $200 honourarium for their work. Please keep in mind that only original works of art, created by contemporary artists will be considered. Artists chosen for the Year 1 (2022) and Year 2 (2023)Traffic Control Box call are not eligible to apply.    

Artists unsure of how to photograph their artwork to respond to a call for submission should reach out to the program coordinator. Assistance through a mobile photography workshop may be available. Workshop space is limited and participation must result in a submission.

Guidelines of the program

To participate in the 2024 program, all submissions must meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of City of Kawartha Lakes (16 years and older).
  • Subject matter must include rural or agricultrual activities, locations, symbols; art work for any of the themed activities will be accepted.
  • Include a short bio and the community within City of Kawartha Lakes where the artwork was created.
  • Digital requirements (Orientation for the artwork on the traffic control boxes is portrait /rectangular).
  • To put your best foot forward, for judging purposes, submissions must include a high quality digital photo/image.
  • Each box will be wrapped with artwork and include the Kawartha Lakes Jump In logo, artists’ name and QR code.
  • The honourarium will be awarded to the artists chosen for the That’s a Wrap Traffic Control Box designs only. Artists chosen for the Municipal Calendar only will not receive an honourarium.
  • By submitting an application, artists agree to their artwork being cropped where needed to fit the necessary dimensions needed for the Municipal Calendar.
  • Submit through the That’s a Wrap form below
  • Deadline for submissions is June 20, 2024.

Exhibition call and schedule for the 2024 Traffic Control Box program (dates subject to change):

June 20, 2024 - Submission

July 2024 - Notification to Artists

August/September 2024 - Successful applicants announced and Installation begins

Selected images will be reproduced in digital format for installation purposes.  Images may need to be cropped or resized to fit the calendar/ TCB dimenions.     

Kawartha Lakes is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of its operations, and welcomes submissions from artists of all backgrounds including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black, and persons of colour; refugee, newcomer and immigrant persons; Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+ and gender non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, and those on low-incomes or living in poverty.

Staff contact: Donna Goodwin

dgoodwin@kawarthalakes.ca or 705-324-9411 ext. 1498

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That’s a Wrap traffic control box art program is brought to you by Kawartha Lakes in collaboration with Kawartha Arts Network.

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