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(Article from The Sacramento Bee. Editorial: Public art is good for Sacramento, and for the arena. By the Editorial Board. Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014)
Walk through the downtown core of many cities, and you’ll see the products of a strong commitment to public art. San Francisco and Davis come immediately to mind.
In Davis, bus benches have been painted by local artists. Downtown San Francisco is rich with public art.
In Sacramento, not so much. Although the Arts in Public Spaces program was established here in 1977, evidence of the program’s existence is not as obvious as it could be.
Mayor Kevin Johnson devoted a few sentences in his State of the City address last week to arts funding, connected to the new Kings arena. Interesting art is integral to the overall impression that the arena and a city will give.
This massive arena project is important to the badly needed revitalization of the downtown core. But it will take a hundred small things, not just one big thing, to make downtown accessible and livable. While the design of the arena can be debated, the need for more downtown art can’t. (READ THE REST HERE)
Sacramento's Mayor hopes to make the city more public art friendly but not only will pushing for more public art help communities become more art educated, it will also help the local economy. To put it simply, "More strollers mean more businesses. More businesses means more jobs. More jobs mean a better economy"(Sacramento Bee) This is a great way to improve Sacramento or any city through art.
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