Carolyn Mahoney
Carolyn Mahoney
At the end of last year, Madison Consolidated Schools and Madison Area Arts Alliance put out a call for art from MCS students.

Carolyn Mahoney, an E. O. Muncie 4th grader, answered that call and now will see her artwork on a switch box on the high school campus.

The call for art was for the Artsy Switch Box Project, which transforms plain electrical switch boxes into public pieces of art in many places on Madison’s hilltop, in Hanover and downtown. Each switchbox is covered by art designed by local artists, which allows those artists to showcase their work around Jefferson County.

“The switch box located on the campus of the Madison Consolidated High School (just across from the McDonald’s entrance) provides the perfect canvas to showcase student creativity,” said Kim Nyberg, executive director of Madison Area Arts Alliance, which began and oversees the project. “Our board reached out to the district and within a few days, we had a plan to invite all Madison students to get involved.”

Students received guidelines for the switch box project before leaving for Christmas break. By the Jan. 18 contest deadline, the project had received 59 entries including hand-drawn images in crayon, original oil paintings on canvas, pencil sketches, digital photography and graphic art created using computer software.

Each piece of art was judged anonymously by a panel of community members. “Friends Swinging in Moonlight” was the piece submitted by Carolyn, the daughter of Norman and Kimberly Mahoney.

Nyberg said that as long as the weather cooperates, Mahoney’s artwork should be installed and completed by early to mid-spring.

Madison schools said it is trying to find a way to publicly display the other entries throughout the school district, possibly through future grant opportunities.

To view more entires for this project, go to http://www.madison.k12.in.us