City selects 39 artists and 10 locations for community mural program

The City’s Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission this week approved the selection of 39 artists to create community-based murals in ten locations across the city.

136 individuals applied to be a part of the program, managed through the Office of Arts and Culture that began accepting applications in February. The majority of the selected 39 artists are from the greater Sacramento region.

“This pilot program came directly out of discussions with the community when creating the City’s Creative Edge plan and Cultural Equity plan around infusing arts and culture into our neighborhoods and city council districts in Sacramento,” said Donald Gensler, the City’s public art project manager. “This is an exciting opportunity to bring community and artist collaborations to each district.”

The artists and locations were selected by a panel of experts including community members, artists, art administrators and curators. Those selected recommendations went for final approval on June 14, 2021 from the Creative Economy Commission.

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 all Sacramento neighborhoods and communities.

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.

Find a full list of artists and locations here.

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