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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 20th and then will be moving to the North Natomas Public Library.

October 22-November 20, 2018
North Natomas Public Library
4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento, CA 95835

DiverseCity Summit

DiverseCity Ventures Inc. is holding its first ever DiverseCity Summit. This event brings together members of the community to explore how creativity, technology, and entrepreneurship can intersect to create positive compact.

We are empowering attendees through access to mentors, speakers, and powerful insights. We look forward to seeing you at this inaugural event.

November 16, 2018
Greater Sacramento Urban League
3725 Marysville BLVD, Sacramento, CA 95838
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Happy Hour at Hilton Sacramento
2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, California, 95815
5:00 pm-6:00 pm

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