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Rythmix Cultural Works Hosts Reception to Launch Powerbox Art

Donna Layburn, president, Park Street Business Association, speaks to the audience at Rhythmix. (Action Alameda News)

Donna Layburn, president, Park Street Business Association. (Action Alameda News)

Roughly 70 people attended a reception at Rhythmix Cultural Works on Friday evening to launch the unveiling of community-produced art that now decorates 10 Alameda Municipal Power utility cabinets in the Park Street area.

Donna Layburn, president of the Park Street Business Association, and owner of Alameda Marketplace, told the assembled crowd that she was inspired to initiate a public art program in Alameda by a Gig Harbor, Washington program that invited local artists to create sculptures of salmon and herons for public display.

So she connected with Janet Koike, the founder of Rythmix Cultural Works, and Alameda Municipal Power, to create a program that would decorate utility cabinets with sustainability-themed artwork.

“My goal is to be the greenest business district in the country,” she said.

From 110 submissions, a panel of judges chose 10 designs from 10 different Alameda artists.

The locations of the powerboxes, and pictures of them before the art was applied, is available on Alameda Muncipal Power’s website.

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