Strolling down the sidewalks or waiting at a bus stop in downtown Dania Beach has become a more vibrant experience in recent months.

The Dania Beach Creative Arts Council is on a mission to beautify the city, and one way it's doing so is by putting artwork on signal boxes.

After the council put the word out, artists from the tri-county area submitted artwork ideas.

"We identified those artists whose work we would use," said council member Kim Ford. "We allowed the artists to go out and see which signal boxes they would wrap."

Seven artists and their ideas were chosen, and eight signal boxes were wrapped with artwork. Much of that artwork reflects the area where the signal box is. Artists chosen for the project are Gary Moore, Luis Fuentes, Eddie Forbes, Andy Royston, Mimi Botscheller, Jacklyn Laflamme and Henriette Arnold.

The artists were recently honored and recognized at the Signal Box 7 event, which allowed the public a chance to meet them and learn about their inspirations for each box.

"Our boxes are different from other municipalities because we use artwork," said Arnold, a Dania Beach resident. "We are making Dania more beautiful just by doing that. It's changing [the public's] way of thinking about Dania."

Arnold said the project has also given artists a chance to display their talents. Because of it, she's also been commissioned by Lauderdale-by-the-Sea to do artwork for its signal boxes.

"I took pictures at the Miami zoo that inspired me to do the flamingos," Arnold said of one of her Dania creations.

The project was headed by chairwoman Joan Gringer and consultant Elizabeth Wentworth.

"We've gotten so much positive feedback from residents in Dania Beach and passers-through," Ford said.

Many of the signal boxes are along Federal Highway, with others on Dania Beach Boulevard, Griffin Road and Stirling Road. The artwork varies from floral and landscapes to postcard scenes.

"Our mission was to get a variety of artists," Ford said. "One [signal box] is very commercial while others are very whimsical."

The council hopes to find artists to wrap even more signal boxes in the city, and they'd also like to help beautify storefronts and empty buildings and find a location to exhibit local artwork.

"We're looking at branding Dania into an art and culture area," Ford said. "Dania Beach is really on the move with establishing a cultural identity [and] establishing the city as a cultural arts destination."