The Madison Arts Commission intends for the Utility Box Program to highlight, encourage, and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. The project began in 2016, when MAC and the Downtown Coordinating Committee authorized a pilot to wrap four City owned utility boxes with artwork. In 2017/2018, over twenty more boxes were wrapped. Due to the positive public reaction to the program, MAC has continued the program and currently, there are more than 60 boxes installed throughout the city.
Neighborhood demand for this program currently exceeds available resources. To help grow this popular program citywide, Friends of Madison Arts Commission has started a fundraising campaign and so far funded the creation of 14 more utility boxes.