Creating an Arts Capital
Making a Real Commitment to the Arts
We have proclaimed our identity as the Farm to Fork Capital. We should also strive to be the Arts Capital. Arts and culture provide a heartbeat to any city, help measure the pulse and vibrancy of a community and fuel economic growth. Great cultural cities are measured by arts & culture, sports, dining and affordable living options. Sacramento is primed to lead on all of these. In order to do so however, we must make a real commitment to the arts. Too often, we give a token nod to the importance of arts without action to back up our words.
Arts as an Economic Driver
The downtown economic renaissance is incomplete; it can’t just be about sports or downtown, it must be also be about the arts and our neighborhoods. I understand the key role arts and culture plays in fueling growth and economic development as well as the role our local artists play in revitalizing our community’s vacant and inactive spaces. Portal and the Art Hotel are recent examples of how our arts community can generate excitement and activity around a run down and underutilized space.