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Art and Public Expression

Breonna Taylor Mural in Terra Linda

Earlier this summer, community members created a chalk mural honoring Breonna Taylor on the bridge at the intersection of Freitas and Las Gallinas in Terra Linda. City policy is to keep all public property clear of messaging, art, graffiti, or murals unless there’s been a public process and partnership between the City and the artist(s). The City conducts routine maintenance and removes unapproved imagery from public property. Prior to removing the mural on September 3rd, the City left a note asking for the muralist to contact the City to open up a dialogue and start a conversation about ways to support public expression while still following City policy.  

Over the last few months, community members have created a new mural with similar messaging in support of the Black Lives Matter movementAdditionally, other community members have removed the mural. Currently, the mural is being recreated in chalk and subsequently removed by other community members multiple times per week. The City has been pursuing an alternative form of expression through a public art project.

San Rafael Social Justice Community Art "Call for Artist"

In October 2020, the San Rafael Social Justice Community Art Group (Group) formed in response to the community's desire to support the social justice messaging which was embedded in the chalk art mural created over the Summer of 2020 honoring Breonna Taylor’s life at the intersection of Las Gallinas and Freitas Parkway. After multiple discussions, the Group worked to define the parameters and goals of creating a publicly sanctioned art piece in Terra Linda. These goals included celebrating the core themes of JEDI – Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion through the lens of a Marin-based black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) perspective and creating an art installation that would inspire the community to come together to heal, learn, and feel hope and unity.

Partnering with Marin Youth in Arts, the San Rafael Social Justice Community Art Group is proud to officially solicit a Call for Artists. All artists, adults and children practicing in and around San Rafael are eligible and encouraged to apply. Further details including application requirements can be found within the "Purpose, Goals, and Call for Artist". All applications and questions must be submitted to SRcommunityart@gmail.com no later than Monday, February 15. The top 2 or 3 applicants will be reviewed by a Pilot Public Art Advisory Group and their feedback will then be provided to the City Council, who will have full and final authority to approve any project.

As a community art project, we continue to encourage all members of the community to provide their feedback. There will be opportunities for community conversations as the process unfolds. To stay up to date on this projectvisit: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/art-and-public-expression/ and to provide comments, feedback or inquiries please email SRcommunityart@gmail.com.

Contact the Community Art Group

This is a community led project and we want to hear from you. Please provide comments, feedback or inquiries to SRcommunityart@gmail.com

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