Call for artists: City seeking creatives for new mural at Ethel Phillips Elementary School

The City of Sacramento and the Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation are seeking artists to create a new mural at Ethel Phillips Elementary School.

The mural is part of the 21st Avenue Beautification Project, which is designed to create a more welcoming and walkable environment along 21st Avenue between Highway 99 and Ethel Phillips Elementary School.

Funding for the project comes from Caltrans’ Clean California program, which provides grants to reduce litter and help improve underserved communities.

Artists — or a team of artists — can apply for the project at the Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation website. Applications are due Feb. 22.

A panel of community members and other artists will help select the final artist or team. The chosen artists are expected to obtain input on mural design from Ethel Phillips students.

Several City departments — including the Office of Arts and Culture, Public Works, and Utilities — are working on the project. Requests for artists to create additional murals will be announced in the coming months.

The $1.76 million grant from Caltrans will be used to widen the sidewalks and plant trees and other vegetation along 21st Avenue. The project also includes artistic bus shelters, waste containers, lighting and cultural murals by local artists on buildings along the route.

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