Redwood City Improvement Association Donates $30,000 for Downtown Public Art Installations
The Redwood City Improvement Association, a non-profit community benefit district ran by a board of property owners, residents, community members and businesses, is donating $30,000 to public art installments in Downtown Redwood City in an effort to make the downtown district even more vibrant. The Redwood City Improvement Association has contributed $10,000 to kick-off a weBounty crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department; Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation; and the Partnership Redwood City Program to install 10 to 20 sidewalk shadow art stencils. Another $20,000 will go towards the installment of an interactive wall mural, to be carried out by the non-profit, Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation that works in conjunction with the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Service Department.
“The Redwood City Improvement Association is excited to contribute to turning our downtown district into something extraordinary, and by installing public art we have the opportunity to redefine Redwood City’s art culture,” said Eric Lochtefeld, president of the Redwood City Improvement Association. “Our goal is to enhance the neighborhood and we can do that by highlighting the artistic abilities we have in our downtown.”
The Redwood City Improvement Association and Redwood City Parks and Arts Foundation will work together to have the art installations complete by mid-December. A “call for artists” is underway in pursuit of finding an illustrator to create renderings. As soon as an artist or artist group is selected, the Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the Redwood City Improvement Association will tour Downtown Redwood City with the artist to select sites based on opportunity, inspiration and approval from property owners.
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