Parks and Tranquility

Utilizing the power of art as a tool for community engagement and wellness, Sacramento Public Library is excited to announce the Parks and Tranquility project.

We will engage and collaborate with community members, community-based organizations, and arts and justice collectives to create site-specific art and educational experiences at multiple California State Park sites around Sacramento County. A schedule of public events will be announced in early 2024.

Artist and Workshop Provider Grant Opportunities
Individuals and teams can apply for a grant to create dynamic and community centered experiences at public events spring 2024. Grant funded opportunities include installation art and community workshops.

Call for Artists and Workshop Providers
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The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on December 30.

Artwork or in-person community workshops should reflect environmental justice and literacy, disability rights, health and mental wellness, and/or acknowledgement of Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and AAPI land history and stewardship.

Grant Funding
Funding is available for artists grants and workshop providers. Individuals and organizations may apply for either or both opportunities.

  • Artist grants up to $10,000 
  • Workshop provider grants up to $5,000

Additional funding is available for production materials, mileage, and installation costs. 

Artists and workshop provides will work with a project team comprised of community members and library staff.

  • Artists will develop original artwork that will be displayed and/or installed at select California State Parks. Final artwork medium will be determined based on artists selected and installation options. Final artwork may be converted to digital printed output for installation purposes.
  • Workshop providers will incorporate established or develop original in-person community workshops for select locations and events during the spring of 2024.  

Artists and workshop providers must:

  • Be based out of the Sacramento region
  • Be 16 years age or older as of January 1, 2024
  • Not be currently employed by the Sacramento Public Library.
  • Be available to participate in project meetings via Zoom and in-person site visits January 2024 through June 2024
  • Eligible to receive taxable income in the U.S.
  • Be available for the installation of artwork at selected location(s)
  • Be available for public event(s) related to the artwork at selected location(s)
  • Complete a formal agreement to participate in the project. This will include allowing Sacramento Public Library, California State Library, and California State Parks the use of artwork and artist provided bios for promotional purposes.
Review Process
Applications will be reviewed by Sacramento Public Library staff for completeness. A panel of jurors will review applications through an online review portal. The panel will consist of expert jurors such as scholars, community organizers, curators, and artists and be rated on a scale from 1 to 10 (1 = lowest score; 10 = highest score).

All artists will be contacted about their submission status via e-mail no later than January 20, 2024.
Please contact us with any questions. Don't forget that you can check out a State Parks pass and explore the outdoors for free with your library card.

This project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.