About US

a mural in every district

Community Murals Sacramento is an innovate pilot program funded by the City of Sacramento. Administered by the Office of Arts and Culture, CMS is designed to elevate the voices of neighborhoods across each of Sacramento’s 8 districts.

Established and emerging muralists, with diverse professional experiences, ethnicities, gender identities and ages, make up 10 paid artist teams.

Each team partners with neighborhood community stakeholders, including school districts, community centers, houses of worship, neighborhood associations, business associations and local residents.

Our goal is to celebrate and infuse all Sacramento neighborhoods and districts with arts and culture.

CITY OF SACRAMENTO EDGE PLAN

CMS Program Director

Donald Gensler

Arts in Public Places Manager
Office of Arts and Culture

Management team

Emily Loen

Community Engagement Manager

Kati Kouklis

Supply Manager

CMS mentors

Alice (Aida) Ayers

Artist, Director for Therapeutic Arts and Adjunct Professor
El Paso, TX
Panel Selection Committee
Workshop Lead

Jose Arenas

Executive Director
Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA) Woodland, CA
Panel Selection Commmittee
Workshop Lead

Nicholas Haystings

Executive Director
Square Root Academy
Sacramento, CA
Panel Selection Committee

Andrea Lepore

Owner of Solomon’s Deli
Sacramento, CA
Panel Selection Commmitte

Jon Laidacker

Muralist
Philadelphia, PA
Panel Selection Committee
Workshop Lead

Franceska Gamez

Artist/Owner 1810 Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Workshop Lead

Shaun Burner

Artist/Owner 1810 Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Workshop Lead

OUR SELECTION PROCESS

4 areas of artist criteria

138 APPLICANTS – 5 PANELISTS

ARTWORK

Innovation, quality, and creativity in previous projects/ artwork/murals

MURALS

Experience with murals and past mural projects or programs

Community Engagement

Experience working with communities and
varying stakeholder groups

Objective Review

Overall review of the artist candidate
compared to other submissions

THE workshops

Artists Attended 4 Foundational Workshops in Community Mural Making

WORKSHOP 1: Commmunity Murals
WORKSHOP 2: Symbols in mural Making
WORKSHOP 3: Digital TECHNIQUES
WORKSHOP 4: Parachute Cloth

TIMELINE

June 1, 2022

JUNE 2022 – Done!

All murals completed

June 1, 2022
May 25, 2022

MURALIST TOUCH UP

Muralists touch up the murals after the paint days

May 25, 2022
November 6, 2021

COMMUNITY PAINT DAYS BEGIN

Paint days from Nov – June

November 6, 2021
September 1, 2021

CONCEPT & Design reviews BEGIN

Muralists draft and present final designs to the city and community stakeholders at the first site! This process continues throughout March, depending on the site.

September 1, 2021
August 1, 2021

COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
BEGIN

Artists offer community workshops and engagement events to discuss the values, culture and history of each neighborhood

August 1, 2021
July 1, 2021

RECRUIT STAKEHOLDERS

Artists outreach to community organizations and the general public

July 1, 2021
June 29, 2021

ARTISTS WORKSHOPS

Muralists participate in educational workshops

June 29, 2021
May 1, 2021

ARTISTS SELECTED

Project kicks-off

May 1, 2021
June 17, 2021

SELECTION PROCESS

Diverse panelists publicly review the applications

June 17, 2021
April 5, 2021

Applications due

138 artists apply

April 5, 2021
February 5, 2021

Applications open

The call goes out to artists

February 5, 2021