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Creative Economy Pilot Project

Creative Economy Pilot Project


On January 10, 2017, the Sacramento City Council unanimously approved the Creative Economy Pilot Project, a grant program to support arts and culture projects that stimulate economic development and activity, as well as social impact.

The Creative Economy Pilot Project consists of four strategies:

  1. Make Sacramento a Platform for Experimentation
  2. Build a Place-based Neighborhood Ecosystem around Food, Tech, and Art
  3. Empower Individual Creators, Makers and Entrepreneurs
  4. Practice What We Preach: Civic Engagement and Innovation in City Hall

These strategies provide policy direction to the City Manager to initiate testing and experimentation, data collection and analysis, policy development, and systems rethinking through funding offered under the program.

The City recognizes the significant impacts the creative economy contributes and is interested in testing a place-based approach to developing small-scale economic hubs through arts and culture to sustain or create investment and jobs in a targeted area.

Two types of grants were available under the program: (1) microgrants of up to $5,000, and (2) grants of up to $25,000. The 45-day application period closed on July 30 and the City received a total of 481 applications with $7.6 million in funding requests. Approximately $500,000 will be awarded under pilot project.

Find a fact sheet for more details and all grant winners.


Upcoming Events

Living Colors: An interactive art experience

Vincent Damyanovich
Damyanovich’s interactive light sculpture is available for public viewing at the George Sim Community Center from September 10th - October 12th.

September 10-October 12, 2018 Open Business hours
George Sim Community Center 6207 Logan Street, Sacramento, CA 95824

Space vs Place: Urban Revitalization in the Promise Zone

The LaunchPad: A PlaceMaking Lab in Old North Sac
The North State Building Industry Association's Idea District asks the question: What is a space? And what makes it a place? The Idea District will be asking the questions that will make you think about space and how we alter it. Be a part of innovative conversations by inserting your thoughts or just listening and observing. All while enjoying some good food and drinks and interesting and fun people. The Idea District is a safe place to voice opinions and perspectives. The venue itself, The ONS LaunchPad, is an ongoing place making experiment meant to evolve as artists and placemakers collaborate with different community sectors to realize their combined vision.

The conversation will be facilitated by Tristan Osborn, Cobblestone Placemaking and will feature:

  • Ed Chandler, Loftgardens Landscape Architecture
  • James Roberts, TAYNR Tiny House Architecture

For tickets:

September 22, 2018 6:00-8:00 pm
1410 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, California, 95815

Pop-Up Adventure Play Days by Fairytale Town

Free family fun! The Pop-Up Adventure Play Days are free, public celebrations of play, stocked with loose parts (such as cardboard boxes, fabric, tape and string) and staffed by play workers. Materials and tools – from wood, hammers and saws to household items, paints and brushes – are on hand so kids and adults alike can bring their ideas to life. With a little imagination, cardboard boxes and duct tape become forts, helicopters and furniture. With some creative engineering, empty cans, old tires, and used keyboards transform into sculptures or machines. Not only are the individual participants creating their own designs and art, they are creating a sense of place and community. Come over and play!

September 22, 2018 10 a.m. - 2 pm South Natomas Library
September 28, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 pm McKinley Library

Red Ex: Vol. II

Arts and Culture Events at The Red Museum
Red Ex is an indoor/outdoor music festival with local food, beer, wine, and cocktails hosted by and benefiting The Red Museum.

Headlining is Cherry Glazerr, recently named Best Indie Band in LA by L.A. Weekly. The band is led by Clemintine Creevy, whose artistic endeavors have included collaborating with Death Grips and Tyler, the Creator to modeling for a 2013 Yves Saint Laurent campaign to being the subject of the short VICE doc “Clementine Creevy: The Millennial Punk Feminist Icon.” The band received critical acclaim for their recent album Apocalipstick which was released in 2017 on Secretly Canadian. In 2018, they played Coachella and opened for Portugal, The Man and The Breeders.

The Red Museum is stoked to host Curls of San Francisco, the project of former Girls front-man Christopher Owens, as well as the Red Ex return of Sacramento’s Drug Apts with new material in anticipation of their upcoming debut full-length record. We’ll also see a reunion of the Sacramento’s beloved Exquisite Corps, led by renowned artist and muralist Bryan Valenzuela. Tiki Dreamers, comprised by the influential songwriter Justin Trosper of the seminal post-hardcore band Unwound and Michael Thiemann and Tristan Tozer of Drug Apts, will premiere new material. Bay Area talents Perhapsy and Tino Drima (recent signees to local label Friendship Fever) also perform alongside Sacramento’s Makebelief, Tre Burt, Mini Hahas (feat. April Walker of Spacewalker), and Indijean.

There will be Ruhstaller beer, Bogle wine, some Burly cocktails, and dope food available.

September 22, 2018 3:00-11:00 pm
The Red Museum 212 15th St, Sacramento, California, 95814


Code for Hood

3D LED Cube Interactive
3D LED Cube Interactive will be at Code for Hood, hacking education and entrepreneurship with workshop driven hackathons! Join us in South Sacramento for 2.5 days of action packed educational fun. Learn coding, video game design, 3D design, engineering, art, website design, entrepreneurship and more!

September 28-30, 2018
Oak Park Community Center 3425 Martin L King Blvd, Sacramento, California, 95817


Oak Park Roots & Branches Walkabout & Concert/Lightshow

Oak Park Roots & Branches Walkabout & Concert
The “Oak Park Roots & Branches Walkabout + Live Concert Finale” is an autumn afternoon opportunity for Oak Parkers and surrounding neighborhoods to partake of the locally-owned shops, cafes and restaurants, and learn about Oak Park through historical photos and text within these venues. This 3:30pm-6pm walkabout is celebrated with free live blues, Americana & jazz on a self-guided Broadway Ave. experience, capped off with a free music concert with San Francisco legend Annie Sampson and George Holden's Live Cinema/Liquid Lights Experience. 7 pm in the Sacramento Food Bank parking lot.

September 29, 2018 Walkabout: 3:30-6:00 pm
Liquid Lights Experience: 7:00 pm
Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services 3333 3rd Ave., Sacramento, CA 95817


Día de los Muertos Oak Park 2018

Dia de los Muertos Oak Park
Come remember your loved ones and celebrate with your community at Oak Park’s third annual observance of Día de los Muertos! Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead as it is known in English, is a holiday for remembrance of deceased family and friends, as well as a celebration of life for the living. With roots that reach back up to 3,000 years to Pre-Colombian times and forged through the fusion of the beliefs of many indigenous groups with Roman Catholicism and Spanish tradition at contact, it has evolved over the nearly 500 years since into the Día de los Muertos we know today.
Join us on Friday, November 2nd at Broadway and 36th St. at The Brickhouse from 5pm – 9:30pm for a community celebration that includes tributes or altars for deceased loved ones, live traditional Mexican music, dance performances, food vendors, artists, free kids’ crafts, sugar skull making, and more! This is a free event.

November 2, 2018 5:00-9:30 pm
The Brickhouse 2837 36th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95817
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Día de los Muertos Business Altars

Dia de los Muertos Oak Park
For the month of October, until Día de los Muertos’ culminating event on November 2nd, businesses along the Oak Park business corridor and beyond will be displaying altars built in the traditional Mexican tradition. Created to remember loved ones who have passed away or recognize a particular cause, these altars are constructed with cultural experts, sharing a part of Mexican culture’s rich tradition and educating the community.

Come experience them all – self-guided business altar tour maps are available at each participating business and at Altars will be on display from October 1st – November 2nd, 2018.

Broadway & 35th St, Sacramento, California, 95817

Anthropology of Día de los Muertos Lecture and Film

Dia de los Muertos Oak Park
Día de los Muertos Oak Park's kick off event, The Anthropology of Día de los Muertos, will take place at The Guild Theater. This will be a special lecture followed by a film screening of Hecho en México, a musical documentary that dives into the realities of contemporary Mexican identity.

Our speaker for the evening, American River College Professor AnnMarie Beasley Cisneros, will frame the film by highlighting the uniquely Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos and its themes that affect the everyday lives of Mexicans. The lecture addresses its influences tracing back into Pre-Colombian times, through contact in 1519, and the resulting syncretism of indigenous practices related to death with those of Roman Catholicism and Spanish tradition.

Join us as we first learn about this holiday that honors and remembers loved ones who have passed and also serves as a celebration of life for the living; and secondly, as we explore modern-day Mexican identity in the context of this observance that touches all aspects of what it is to be Mexican.

Admission is free (seating is limited; advance registration is required). Doors open at 6:30pm, please arrive early. All ages are welcome, however please note that the documentary includes reference to more adult topics. Parental discretion is advised.

October 5, 2018 7:00 pm
Guild Theater 2828 35th St, Sacramento, California, 95817

Calavera Paint and Sip

Dia de los Muertos Oak Park
Prepare for Día de los Muertos by painting your own piece of calavera-themed art! Calaveras, or sugar skulls, enjoy a unique place in Mexican Día de los Muertos traditions – existing both as a part of somber ritual and serving as a playful sweet treat. Oak Park artist Patris has partnered with Día de los Muertos Oak Park to host this event, the second in our lecture and workshop series.
Attendees will be treated to a brief introduction to the calavera, its cultural significance, and uses in observing Día de los Muertos by community member and event organizer Claudio Cisneros. Participants will then be guided by renowned artist Patris in completing their own painting featuring a calavera, which will be theirs to take home at the end of the workshop. Come out to create your own piece of Día de los Muertos art! No experience needed. Beverage and all supplies are included in the registration fee. Cost is $35; advance registration is required. Seating is limited – reserve today at

October 11, 2018 7:00-9:00 pm
Patris Studio & Gallery 3460 2nd Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95817

Interactive Sugar Skull Workshop

Dia de los Muertos Oak Park
Bring out the kids (or the kid in you)! The third installment of our lecture and workshop series will be hosted by Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, where kids of all ages will indulge in a sugar skull decorating experience. Rob-O Sugar Skull Artist, renowned for his vibrant and elaborate sugar skull art, will lead participants in an interactive sugar skull decorating workshop. Sacramento artist Rob-O is passionate about Día de los Muertos and dedicated to maintaining the tradition of remembering loved ones with this sweet art.
Participants will be provided will all materials, including an extra-large sugar skull. No experience needed. Materials fee is $10; advance registration is required at Seating is limited – spaces fill up quickly!

October 26, 2018
Sacramento Food Bank 3333 3rd Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95817

Sacramento Art Explosion

District 2 Arts Expos
October 6, 2018 5:00-9:00 pm
1400 Grand Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95838

District 2 Media Arts Expo

District 2 Arts Expos
October 27, 2017
770 Darina Avenue, Sacramento, CA, 95815

Small Shoulders/Big Dreams II: Ruby Bridges and the Four Freedoms

Small Shoulders/Big Dreams II
A multi-media performance piece based on Ruby Bridges, Civil Rights Activist and American Hero. This work explores Ruby’s experience desegregating the William Franz Elementary School at six-years old. Her experiences are seen through the lens of FDR’s Four Freedoms (from his 1941 State of the Nation speech). Includes, original music, narration, projections and a bunraku puppet of Ruby Bridges.

October 6 & 7, 2018 2:00 & 5:00 pm
The Brickhouse Gallery 2833 36th St, Sacramento, California, 95817

Second Saturday in October at MakerHQ

3D LED Cube Interactive
MakerHQ, an innovative, cutting edge maker space on the corner of 16th and X will be hosting a tech art showcase in the evening hours of the October Second Saturday and, guess what? My 3D LED Cube Interactive will be there! Don't miss!

October 14, 2017 1:00-4:00 pm
MakerHQ 2414 16th St, Sacramento, California, 95818

Valley Hi Second Line Parade

Valley Hi Second Line Parade
A second line parade is a parade where the community is walking and dancing and is part of the performance. It is the goal of the Valley Hi Second Line parade to get the members of the community to engage their own streets with positive energy through music, art, and dance. We are activating and providing exposure to 6 low-income apartments in the Valley Hi Community by parading around them.

October 21, 2018 5:00-9:00 pm
7700-7748 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, California, 95823

DiverseCity Summit

DiverseCitySummit - Videography
The goal of the DiverseCity Summit is to engage communities and advance cultural equity through the intersection of arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. We expect to increase awareness of how technology and entrepreneurship can advance the arts and create positive social, economic, and environmental impact.

November 16, 2018
2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, California, 95815

Kawm Magazine Kickoff

Kawm Book & Launch Event
Kawm is a social enterprise platform and magazine created to showcase a variety of creative talents in the community. Our goal is to provide a platform to exhibit creative individuals by sharing their story and work, along with creating a positive space for readers to connect, discover, and be inspired. Join us as we celebrate our first Kawm Issue - Taboo launch at the Sacramento Hmong New Year!

November 23, 2018
1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, California, 95815


Makers Mart

Makers Mart's goal is to curate a modern shopping experience by hand selecting diverse artists and crafters. It will be at these events where artists can share and sell their talents and handmade goods to a community who knows the importance of supporting and buying local and handmade.

December 8, 2018 12:00-7:00 pm
13th St, Sacramento, California, 95814

Ceramic Mural unveiling

Flowing multi-culture Ceramic tree mural
We will be having an unveiling of a student created Ceramic Multicultural tree mural at Luther Burbank High School. We will also have other student art on display as well as for sale. Drinks and refreshments will be served all students, family and burbank staff are welcome.
December 14, 2018
3500 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA, 95823