This spring Downtown Sacramento will serve as a blank canvas for local artists with the launch of The Downtown Mural Project. The Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) released a call for artists today for a mural project in The Kay district.
This inaugural project for the DSF will target the walls of the vacant lot at the corner of 8th and K streets. Up to 14 mural designs by local artists will be selected and installed throughout the spring and summer months. For many artists and community members, the vacant buildings and empty lots present an opportunity to be innovative and creative.
“Over the years, we’ve been successful in filling in many ground floor retail spaces in The Kay district, especially on K and L streets between 10th and 13th, however, there is more work to be done on the western edge of The Kay which still has several major properties slated for development,” said DSP Executive Director Michael Ault. “It’s easy to accept status quo on properties that have a long timeline for development, but we need to move Sacramento forward. The murals on the 800 block are the start of a conversation with the community and a way to make small—albeit cosmetic—short-term changes in the physical environment.”
The DSF hopes that the murals will help improve the pedestrian experience and connections between the highly anticipated development of the 700 block of K Street and the Sacramento Downtown Plaza and the rest of the district. Both projects are expected to move forward in the coming year.
About The Downtown Mural Project
Deadline to submit proposals for The Downtown Mural Project are due by March 15. Project requirements are available online at http://downtownsac.org/public-space-management/.
How to donate to the project
The Downtown Mural Project will be funded through private donations to the Downtown Sacramento Foundation. The Sacramento Downtown Plaza has pledged the first $2,500 donation to the mural project in The Kay district.
The Sacramento Downtown Plaza will also host a Downtown Beer Bust with Blackbird Kitchen + Bar as the first community fundraiser on March 14. The event will feature live entertainment, local beer, and bites from Sacramento’s top restaurants. Tickets for the Downtown Beer Bust are $35 in advance and are available online at beerbust314.eventbrite.com. (Must be 21 or older to attend this event.)
The Downtown Sacramento Foundation is a sister organization to the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. This 501(c)3 organziation is dedicated to fostering civic pride through the improvement of the social and physical environment of Downtown. The DSF provides much needed support to the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) programs that provide elevated services for public space management and beautification, homeless outreach and public safety.