Call for Artists: StreetARToronto Outside the Box Program 2024

StreetARToronto Invites Artists to Join us for an Information Session on March 26.

Outside the Box 2022, The Bridle Path. Artwork by Luis Cisneros. Photo by Alexei Malakhov.

The Outside The Box 2024 Art Call Information Sessions

Learn how to apply for the StreetARToronto Outside the Box Program and the upcoming StreetARToronto Concrete Barrier Program art calls. Join us for information sessions on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Centre for Social Innovation, Room 101 (192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2).

As spaces are limited, RSVP is required. Sign up for one of two available sessions times on March 26:

Lunch and Learn Info Session: 12pm – 2pm
Join us for a presentation followed by a Q and A.
Light lunch will be available.

Drop-in Info Session: 4pm – 7pm
Drop by to learn more about the programs and how to apply.
Light snacks will be available.

The Outside The Box Program

The Outside the Box program provides an opportunity for local artists to create works of art on traffic signal boxes across Toronto. Since 2013, over 400 boxes have been hand-painted by local artists, or wrapped featuring designs by local graphic artists, and transformed into extraordinary works of art.

Artists and graphic designers applying to this program are encouraged to consider the context of the local area and the city as a whole.

Art calls for hand-painted boxes, and graphic designs for wrapped boxes, are issued separately.

  • Applicants must reside in the City of Toronto.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • City of Toronto employees are not eligible to apply.

Finished works will be on functioning City of Toronto equipment that will need repair or replacing at some point in time. The City of Toronto therefore cannot guarantee the duration of use of each traffic signal box. Artists and graphic designers should also be aware that traffic signal boxes are often targets for vandalism. Although the City will protect the artwork with a vandal-resistant clear coat or wrap, it cannot guarantee that vandalized traffic signal boxes will be repaired and the artwork restored to its original state. Artists must accept the risk that their artwork may be damaged, altered, or removed at any time after completion.

The deadline to apply for this art call is April 11, 2024.

Click Here to learn more about ‘Outside The Box’ 2024 Art Call and to Apply

Outside The Box 2021, Jane St & Wright Ave. Artwork by Opola Karim. Photo by Jason McCollough

Artists will be required to submit examples of their past work, a design proposal, and list one professional reference.

1) Please create an Artist Profile in our StART Portal.
Click here to create an Artist Profile

2) Download and submit the Declaration of Compliance with Anti-Harassment / Discrimination Legislation & City Policy.
Click Here to Read the Anti-Harassment Policy

3) Make sure you have completed the Ontario Worker Health & Safety Awareness Training. Once completed upload the awarded certificate to your Artist Profile.
Click Here to access the training

Your Design

This is an integral part of a successful application. Please ensure that your design follows the box template.
Download the box template here

Please make sure your design is in full colour, and of good quality. Black and white sketches and designs that are not provided on the box template will not be considered. Please contact us if you have any issues downloading the template prior to applying.

Successful designs will have these principles in mind:

  • StART’s core values (Indigeneity, Diversity, Mobility and Accessibility, Ecology, and the Environment)
  • Animate streetscape to make walking, cycling, driving appealing and enjoyable
  • Reflect the character of the city of Toronto
  • Reflect diversity of Toronto
  • Resonate with public
  • Deter vandalism
  • Design proposals must include all visible sides of the cabinet

Designs must not contain:

  • Any representations of traffic lights, signs, or signals
  • Advertisement or promotion for any business, product or viewpoint;
  • Vulgar, profane, offensive or insensitive images or writing;
  • Any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands or images of illegal activity.

Final Submission Deadline: April 11, 2024

Outside The Box 2023, University Ave & College St. Artwork by Adrian Hayles. Photo by Alexei Malakhov.

About StreetARToronto

StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART has been successful in working with artists to produce vibrant, meaningful, community engaged street mural and graffiti art. StART programs encourage active transportation (walking and cycling), make our streets more inviting and safe, showcase local artists, mentor emerging talent, and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents, business, artists, arts organizations and City staff.

While based on themes relevant to local sites and neighborhoods, StART artworks and artists also reflect the City of Toronto motto: Diversity Our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. An initiative of the City of Toronto, Transportation Services Division, StART has become a leader in significant mural, street, and graffiti art installations since its inception in 2012.


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