Elk Grove Students Hope to Wipe out Hate and Paint the Town with Love



Elk Grove Students Hope to Wipe out Hate and Paint the Town with Love


Dozens of artists will create outdoor art murals to celebrate the city’s unity and diversity



ELK GROVE, CA, March 14, 2018 – After recent unrest around race relations, leaders and residents of Elk Grove have taken creative change into their own hands – literally. This Saturday, March 17, Elk Grove high school students and local artists will put paint to canvas to create art murals that promote unity and diversity and sustain the city’s proclamation, “There’s No Place for Hate.”


Dubbed “Walls Out Loud,” a subtle nod to Sacramento’s ever-popular “Wide Open Walls,” the art project is lead by Deb George, arts/media sector coach for the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD). Her vision for the project was inspired by the city’s commitment and advocacy of diversity initiatives and the role the arts play. George envisions the murals to adorn the walls of City Hall, the Council Chambers lobby, and other publicly-owned spaces.


“These students need hope. Simple hope in our leaders and in what the future brings. We know that art is the universal glue that binds and bridges people, communities, and the world. With each mural, we hope to instill an unwavering sense of pride, joy, and respect for all people of Elk Grove,” says George.


The fifth most diverse city in the nation, Elk Grove has seen recent hate crimes and racial tension that have forced city leaders and residents to take action. After several town hall meetings and implicit bias workshops, the Elk Grove City Council rolled out the HUMANITY campaign, that asserts “Between U & I, there’s no place for hate.”


Stephanie Nguyen, Elk Grove City Council member, is a prominent leader and proponent for the celebration of diversity that the Walls Out Load art murals will bring. “I couldn’t be more proud of the initiative and strength of our student artists. They are the true examples and champions of hope that we need in Elk Grove.”


Walls Out Load is this Saturday, March 17, 9 am – 4 pm, at Lent Ranch Barn, 10551 West Stockton Boulevard. Admission is free, and food will be available for purchase. For more information about ArtsBeat and its calendar of events taking place throughout Elk Grove, visit theartsadvocacyproject.com/events. Koi Rivers, Communications 916-549-7962 koi@koi.rivers.com Deb George, Event 916-947-4494 dgeorge@egusd.net


About The Arts Advocacy Project

The Arts Advocacy Project (TAAP) mission is to be a voice, raise the bar, and clear a path for the arts and creative industries in Elk Grove, California and beyond. TAAP has been instrumental in breaking ground for arts and culture in Elk Grove, including, the new Civic Center review process and deliberations for public art, Cosumnes Community Services District’s master plan for future parks and community centers, and the Elk Grove Unified School Districts (EGUSD) arts curriculum.


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