City seeking artists for the Del Rio trail public art project

The City’s Office of Arts + Culture invites professional artists and artist teams to apply for community engagement, creative placemaking and public art installations along the Del Rio Trail.

“This project will bring the local community together with local and national artists to create a beautiful and engaging pedestrian corridor for Sacramentans to enjoy the outdoors and experience art and culture inspired by and located along the trail,” said Art in Public Places manager Donald Gensler.

The Del Rio Trail is a 4.8-mile multi-use path that runs through the Land Park, South Land Park, Freeport Manor, Z’Berg, Pocket and Meadowview neighborhoods. It allows people to access William Land Park, the Sacramento Zoo, schools, stores, restaurants, retail centers, jobs and other community parks without using a car.

In collaboration with the City’s Department of Public Works, the Office of Arts + Culture is tasked with management of the public art components of the Del Rio trail project.

The $2.5 million public art project is funded through the state’s $5 million Clean California Grants that the City was awarded for public art installations and other improvements.

The art project is broken into two phases: Phase one of the project will be designed to hire artists as soon as possible to create a number of smaller works and engage community through the artists’ creative process. This phase is open to artists in all disciplines who reside in Sacramento County.

Phase two will be to create permanent sculptures along the Del Rio Trail and will be broken into two main categories: 1) wayfinding art; and 2) gathering locations.

Phase one is only open to artists residing in Sacramento County.  Phase two is open to artists nationally.

Artists may apply for both phases or only one phase of the project. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 21 on the City’s website here.

The Office of Arts + Culture will be hosting an information session via zoom from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.  It will be recorded and placed on the City’s website. Those interested in attending must register here (the link for the meeting will be provided in the project guidelines).

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