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Tiffin traffic box art contest returns for second year, showcasing local talent




Completed traffic signal box designed by Samantha Fitch located at E. Market and Circular St. (Contributed Photo)

Tiffin, Ohio — Tiffin Municipal Arts Commission (TMAC) and the City of Tiffin have announced the return of the highly successful traffic box art contest for its second year. This initiative aims to beautify the community by showcasing original artworks as vinyl wraps on traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tiffin.

Three specific locations have been designated for the display of these artistic creations. The intersections include Sycamore St. & Ella St., S. Washington St. & Riverside Dr., and Six’s Corners on N. Washington and W. Davis St. Artists who are interested in participating can submit their applications by visiting the provided link. Complete details regarding the contest can also be found on the provided website.

To be eligible for participation, applicants must either be residents of Tiffin or attend school in Tiffin. The deadline for submissions is set for July 8, 2023, at 5 p.m.

For their creative efforts, the winning artists will each receive a $100 stipend. This payment will be made upon submission and approval of the Artist Release form by the City of Tiffin.

In recent news, TMAC has unveiled its new 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Tiffin Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (TFAA). The establishment of this non-profit entity will enable TMAC to allocate maintenance funds for public artworks on an annual basis. Additionally, it will facilitate fundraising for larger-scale public art projects in the future. The adoption of a non-profit structure provides TMAC and the City of Tiffin with greater flexibility in terms of fundraising initiatives and grant applications. Following extensive exploration of various options, both entities determined that establishing a non-profit organization would be the most beneficial path forward.

President Ryan Poignon expressed his thoughts on the development, stating, “Becoming a non-profit will allow TMAC to carry maintenance funds for public artworks year to year and for fundraising of larger public art projects in the future. It will allow for more flexibility in fundraising and applying for grants. After months of exploring various options, TMAC and the City of Tiffin determined that a non-profit would be the best path forward.”

For individuals seeking further information about TMAC and TFAA, detailed resources can be found at

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