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Art-on-a-Box Program

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  • The Art On A Box Project functions as a one-time project with on-going maintenance.
  • It is designed to be a fun and educational activity, promoting civic responsibility, community pride, spirit, camaraderie, and to provide an opportunity to accomplish something positive.
  • It is a group effort on behalf of a school, church or community residents to commit to painting a traffic control box at particular location and ensuring it remains clean and free of graffiti with on-going maintenance. 
  • This project can be a group or an individual effort.
  • Traffic control boxes need prior City approval and acceptance for painting.
  • It is designed to operate with a minimum of red tape and with minimum supervision by the Public Works Department.
  • Is designed to beautify the community and for project participants to commit and remove graffiti as soon as possible (within 48 hours) when box get tagged.

Project Details

  • All participants agree to paint their designated/approved traffic control box.
  • Participants need to inform the Public Works Supervisor when they no longer would like to continue in the project.
  • Participants need to follow the following guidelines when painting the traffic control box:
    1. The following areas on the traffic control boxes need to be taped in order not to get paint on them: key holes, air vents and hinges.
    2. Painting shall not have any letters or numbers painted on them.
    3. Artwork needs to be approved before applied. (This could be a sketch of artwork or a description of art work)


Art On A Box Project participants' safety is always the utmost concern of the Public Works Department.  The Art On A Box Project is designed so that common sense safety will prevail.

Participants bear individual responsibility for personal safety and appropriate behavior when working.

Group and individual liability waivers are required, these waivers are agreeing to not hold the City of Chula Vista liable for injuries or property damage arising from any negligent action or nonconformance with these safety requirements, minors will need the consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. 

Participants will work without direct supervision from the Public Works Department staff. 

Group leaders are responsible for conducting safety briefings for all participants prior to each painting event.

Safety topics should include:

  • Wear proper safety gear and appropriate clothing
  • Stay away from traffic
  • Be alert at all times
  • Do not work when weather is poor
  • Do not touch potentially toxic substances
  • Do not confront taggers


If you have any questions regarding the project, contact the Public Works Supervisor at (619) 397-6037, Monday through Friday between 7:00 AM and 3:30 PM. They will explain the details and answer any questions.

Application | Download Application

The Art On A Box Project requires an application, which will be processed by the Public Works Supervisor in this section.  If your group would like to participate in the Art On A Box Project, simply fill out and sign the attached application and mail it in.  No application fee is required, but the applicant is required to accept several conditions, including a liability/waiver agreement.

Please allow two to three weeks for all necessary coordination.

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