Calling all Sacramento artists! City seeks creatives for community murals

The City’s Office of Arts and Culture is looking for artists to apply to be part of the new Community Murals program which will commission local artists to create community-based murals in each of the City’s eight Council Districts.

Funded by the City’s General Fund, the mural program is part of the City’s “Creative Edge” plan to bring art and culture to Sacramento neighborhoods and communities.

“Muralists help give voice to a neighborhood’s identity,” said Donald Gensler, the City’s public art project manager. “This community mural program will help teach and mentor young upcoming muralists and allow muralists to work with our local communities to inspire, challenge, and tell local stories and history.”

Eight lead artists will be commissioned to complete the work in addition to 24 artist-assistants, an engagement manager and a supply manager.

The Community Murals program will include community collaboration and input at all phases of the project.

To ensure the surrounding communities’ voice is included, each project will include a minimum of three community engagement events and at least one planned community paint day where community members can participate in painting a portion of the mural in a socially distanced manner.

A panel of experts including community members, artists, art administrators, curators, and a representative from each Council District will review applications. Each Council District will receive one or two community murals, depending on size and location.

Locations of each mural will be decided with the input of the community and Council District’s office.

Find a full project description and apply online here by April 5 at midnight. Selected artists will need to complete their designs within a year of receiving their contract.

Have more questions? Contact Donald Gensler, Project Manager, Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture, Art in Public Places, or call 916-808-8493.

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