Wide Open Walls: The Impact of Street Art in Sacramento
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Wide Open Walls:
The Impact of Street Art in Sacramento
Wide Open Walls (WOW) is set to make a big splash in Sacramento, literally.
Scheduled for August 10-20, WOW is the official name for Sacramento’s annual mural festival, now in its second year. During those 11 days, 50 artists from 12 countries will be painting 40 individual surfaces, from small-business walls and back-street alleys on the Grid to silos and water towers in the suburbs.
When they look around Sacramento, what will catch their eye? When they put down their brushes and paint-sprayers, what will they leave behind for us?
Street art is a big deal around the globe — think Montreal with its own famous Mural Festival, Wynwood Walls in Miami, San Francisco’s Mission District, the super-charged art of the “Troubles” on the Peace Wall in Belfast. And, of course, Banksy.
Sacramento is the capital of the (currently) 5th largest economy in the world. It’s been said many times how art, and the creatives who make it, are significant contributors to the local economy they reside in, making cities more appealing for the non-artists to live in. So isn’t it our time to join the ranks of international cities known for their colorful, vibrant street-art scenes and communities? If so, what should those look like? What images should be on those walls? Who decides what they should be and where they should go? And how do the non-painters of us living here figure into creating a world-class street-art scene in Sacramento?
We’re hosting a panel focused on Wide Open Walls on the evening before it officially starts. Join us at Beatnik Studios, where you can also see work from every artist participating in WOW during the 11-day festival.
Drinks and food will be available for purchase.
- Christina Angelina, a Venice Beach-based visual artist who has multiple murals on Los Angeles streets, as well as Berlin, Miami, Reno, New York City, Belfast and São Paulo.
- Delgado, Sacramento artis who recently returned from a residency in Montreal, home to the largest street art festival in North America
- David Sobon, founder and producer of Wide Open Walls, and a member of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
- Mike Testa, the brand-new CEO of Visit Sacramento, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, which is a big sponsor of WIde Open Walls
- Demetris “BAMR” Washington, visual artist who has painted more than 20 murals throughout the city, and his latest one will be for WOW and located in South Sacramento
- 5 – 6 p.m. – Doors open: Buy a drink, admire the artwork, grab a seat
- 6 – 7 pm. – Panel starts with a moderated Q&A
- 7 – 7:30 p.m – Audience gets to go to the mic to ask their own questions
- 7:30 – Start marking your WOW map to create a foot/bike/car tour to see the murals as they start taking shape.