The City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with a team of local muralists, is hosting a free Community Mural Paint Day on Saturday Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where community members can participate by helping paint a new mural at Common Grounds Church in the Valley Hi neighborhood.
The event will feature live music, an art show, vendor fair and an opportunity to help paint a mural.
“I am proud to support the Community Painting Day at Common Ground Church on November 6,” said Councilmember Rick Jennings, who represents the district. “The Community Mural Project is a great way to bring accessible art to the Valley Hi community, and the paint-by-number style makes it so that everyone can participate, no experience required. Please join us as we paint the mural together.”
“In a time in which there are many things that can divide us, I am excited to see the community come together and create something that expresses the beauty, diversity, friendship, and resilience that is the Valley Hi community,” said Pastor Troy Nicols of Common Grounds Church.
This event is part of the City’s pilot “Community Murals Sacramento” program, which selected 39 local artists to create ten community-based murals across the city.
Artists were selected by a diverse panel and are partnering with area schools, houses of worship, neighborhood associations and residents to collaboratively design a mural that reflects the community’s values.
Each mural site will host free events designed to foster creative collaboration within the community.
The artist team for this mural hosted three free art workshops at Common Grounds Church where attendees creatively explored the community’s values through portrait making, leaf rubbing and abstract art workshops. These events inspired the mural at Common Grounds Church created by lead muralist Gregory Shilling and assistant muralists Taylor Pannell and Eileen Noyer.
“We learned that diversity, inclusivity and food’s ability to bring people together were important themes,” said Gregory Shilling, lead muralist. “They also emphasized the journey of immigrant families, the joys of gardening and the importance of the environment.”
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.
Those interested in attending can register online here.
The City will announce more events in the coming weeks. Find more information on the artists and mural locations on the City’s website.
Photo credit: District 5 mural, artist: Jaya King