In a windfall for public art in the Ingleside, custom painted banners will adorn the streetlight poles of Ocean Avenue as part of the Arts Alive Ingleside project.
What’s more, the banners are being installed on Ocean Avenue this week and are currently available for auction online at artsaliveingleside.org.
On May 1, an unveiling event was held at SOMArts gallery where the 74 participating artists showed off their individual banners after being introduced by the project partners and City Hall representatives.
The auction, which began at the unveiling event, will continue online until August 31. Opening bids are set at $100 per banner.
Arts Alive Ingleside is a collaboration of the Ocean Avenue Association, OMI Cultural Participation Project, Independent Arts and Media and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
The project is the brainchild of Richard Kurylo, project manager at OEWD and a neighborhood liaison to the Ocean Avenue Association. He enlisted Maria Fe Picar of the OMI Cultural Participation Project.
Last year, Kurylo made a trip to Encinitas, CA, where local arts organizers had created the Arts Alive Encinitas arts banner program. Kurylo connected with Danny Salzhandler, president of 101 Artists Colony, and asked for guidance in copying the program on Ocean Avenue as a revitalization project.
With grant funding from the Hotel Tax Fund, Kurylo coordinated with neighborhood organization partners to make the project a reality.
Ocean Avenue Association Executive Director Dan Weaver spoke highly of Kurylo’s contributions to Arts Alive Ingleside. “Rick was instrumental in moving this project forward,” Weaver said.
For more information, visit artsaliveingleside.org.