March 2021 Newsletter
Community Murals Sacramento
A Sacramento District-Wide Community Mural Pilot Program

Deadline: April 5, 2021

"Community Murals Sacramento" is a Council District (“District”) focused temporary public art program where visual artists residing in Sacramento region have the opportunity to apply for temporary community mural projects in a District of their choice.

During this pilot year, artists will apply to complete their project in a specific District or apply “At Large” if they are interested in working in any District. The focus will be on hiring local artists. No funds will be made available for travel or lodging expenses. Through a selection panel process, each District will receive one or two community murals (depending on size and location). Projects are to be completed within one year of the artist receiving their city contract, with a minimum of 3 community engagement events included and at least one planned community paint day.

Applications must be submitted through OAC's Submittable site:

Join us for an Application Workshop and Q&A session on Monday, March 22 at 5:30pm. Click here to register.

For questions or concerns, please contact Donald Gensler, APP Project Manager,, 916-808-8493, 916-955-4564.
Financial Support Resources

Please note, the links below are provided as a resource; these programs are not managed by OAC.

In order to reach the smallest businesses, SBA will offer PPP loans to businesses with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 5pm ET. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), in partnership with the City and the County of Sacramento, through federal and state funding, is offering emergency rent and utilities assistance for renters living anywhere in Sacramento County who have experienced a reduction in household income or other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible applicants can receive assistance for past rent and utilities owed from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021 and may qualify to have a portion of their rent paid for April, May and June 2021. The total assistance amount available will depend on household need. Priority will be given to households that owe rental arrears.

Round 4 (nonprofit cultural institutions only): Open March 16 - March 23
Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to nonprofits that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019
Race and Cultural Equity Highlights & Resources

"We are taught to identify white supremacy with violent segregationist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and their modern-day equivalents. Okun and Jones, however, introduce a different approach to thinking about white supremacy. In their definition, the term describes a series of characteristics that institutionalize whiteness and Westernness as both normal and superior to other ethnic, racial, and regional identities and customs."

This six-part web series brings artEquity's practice of facilitating hard and necessary conversations to a broader audience. The curtain is pulled back and viewers gain insight into the activism and progress that has been achieved by theatre practitioners across the field.

A series of short films about identity in America

26 short documentaries that range in time from 1 to 7 minutes and tackle issues of race, bias and identity. Included are several teaching ideas, related readings and student activities.

Opportunities & Resources

The InsideOut is an alternative art space located on 21st and I in midtown Sacramento. Consisting of three bay windows, the space is an extension of a ground floor apartment at the Flop Haus, a structural zeitgeist in the community. Since the entire space is viewed from the street, site-specific installations and projects have the potential to be viewed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The InsideOut promotes artistic collaboration, exploration and experimentation across a large spectrum of the art community.

The Roy W. Dean Film Grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.

A strong desire to teach is required. Artists with more than one area of expertise and an MFA are preferred. This residency can be extended an additional year if both the LUX and the artist agree. There will be multiple positions available; 1-2 in ceramics and 1 for mixed media, metals, fiber, or painting/drawing.

For more listings on other resources, artist calls, and other opportunities, check our website.