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A 'powerful' downtown art project

Up Here fest's Power Up Project splashing colour on 24 downtown utility boxes

When Julieanne Steedman stopped at Walmart this morning to pick up painting supplies, she also grabbed a scarf.

“I didn't expect it to be cold,” she said. Despite a clear sunny day, the temperature was only about 13C this morning.

Steedman is one of 24 local artists participating in the Up Here Urban Art + Music Festival's Power Up Project.

New this year, Up Here has formed a partnership with the Social Planning Council and Greater Sudbury Utilities to bring colour to 24 electrical utility boxes within the downtown core.

In total, the Power Up Project will provide utility box canvasses to 24 local artists, including 12 curated by Up Here and 12 from youth organizations partnering with the Social Planning Council.

The local emerging artists invited by Up Here are Kallie Berens-Firth, Sonia Ekiyor-Katimi, Melanie Gail St-Pierre, Madison Kotyluk, Bianca Lefebvre, Matti Lehtelä, Scott Minor, Wild Rice, Hobby Rollin, Steedman, Dani Taillefer and Isaac Weber.

This project is made possible in part thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Up Here takes over Downtown Sudbury Aug. 18-20. See the full lineup here.


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