The first ever international Sacramento Mural Festival will be leaving its mark on Sacramento in a week-long celebration this August.
Presented by Friends of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and Sutter Health in association with LeBasse Projects, the festival, which will be held Aug. 20-27, will bring to life more than a dozen murals throughout Downtown and Midtown Sacramento in an effort to bring awareness and funding for arts education in the local public school system.
Local artists Jake Castro, Kristin Farr, Irubiel Moreno and Alicia Palenyy, will join Portuguese artist Add Fuel, Los Angeles-based Nate Frizzle, Drew Merritt, RISK and San Francisco’s Andrew Schoultz and David Fiveash in doing what they do best for the future sake of art in California’s capital.
Festival co-founder, David Sobon, said the idea of putting art on some of Sacramento’s major buildings comes with an end-goal of making places for people to gather while making the grid a more beautiful place.
“We are creating murals that will last for hopefully dozens and dozens of years,” said Sobon. “One of the reasons that we’re doing this is obviously to unify Sacramento, but the other is to raise money for arts education in public schools – that’s really really important.”
Throughout the week, tours, lectures, and conversations about public art, design and murals will eventually culminate at the ArtJam 2016: a modern pARTy on August 27. This signature fundraising event for Friends of the Arts Commission Arts Education Program is intended to create an interactive art experience with artisanal food and drinks for the whole community to enjoy.
LeBasse Projects’ Director, Beau Basse, said he loves to see the interactions and community engagement not only between artists and voyeurs, but among the variety of artists themselves.
“The collaboration, learning, cultural exchange and bonding that happens among the artists is always magical to watch,” said Basse. “We want to give local artists a spotlight on a larger stage by utilizing the international attention that our projects tend to receive.”
With an entire team of local volunteers supporting the goal of fundraising for local arts education, Basse is simply happy to see an increase in community involvement.
“You will get a chance to engage with Sacramento… grab lunch, coffee, explore shops and engage with the community,” said Basse. “Seeing the range of people who start taking pictures and selfies with the murals is fascinating – you can really see the impact almost right away.”
For more information and to find out where the murals will be taking place, visit SacramentoMuralFestival.com and follow the festival on Instagram (@SacramentoMuralFestival) and Twitter (@SacMuralFest).