San Francisco, CA — The Ocean Avenue corridor is being revitalized with public art in the form of lamppost banners through the Arts Alive Ingleside project. Seventy-four original works of art were installed in June in the Ingleside business district between Manor Drive and Phelan Avenue. The banners were painted with acrylic paints by 74 local artists and are displayed for residents and visitors to enjoy. The prized, one of a kind banners are available for purchase through an online auction that ends at noon on Wednesday, August 31. This is a unique opportunity to be a part of San Francisco.
“The Arts Alive Ingleside project and the unique banners are exactly the types of partnerships that the Office of Economic and Workforce Development team and I believe in,” said Todd Rufo Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “It’s a chance to increase the vibrancy of a business district by adding colorful artwork that invites you to explore the neighborhood.”
The online banner auction ends at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31. Participation in the auction is free and open to all members of the public. Bids start at $100. Half of the proceeds from the auction will go towards the individual artists. Keepsake bookmarks were printed for every banner and are for sale for $1 each. The bookmarks feature banner artwork on the front and information about the artist and the artwork on the back. To participate in the online auction and to learn more about bookmark sales, visit www.artsaliveingleside.org.
The project is a collaborative effort between the OMI Cultural Participation Project, the Ocean Avenue Association, Independent Arts and Media and San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
Arts Alive Ingleside is a one-time project to promote the arts in the revitalization of the Ocean Avenue corridor. “The goal of Arts Alive Ingleside is to drive foot traffic to the corridor and the surrounding Ocean View, Merced Heights and Ingleside (OMI) area where there is a diverse range of businesses – ensuring the neighborhood’s vitality and vibrancy,” said Project Manager Maria Picar, Executive Director of the OMI Cultural Participation Project.
“The Ocean Avenue Association declared the Ocean Avenue Community Benefit District corridor an Arts, Culture and Entertainment District to recognize, celebrate and foster a thriving creative element in the business district,” said Dan Weaver, Executive Director of the Ocean Avenue Association. “Arts Alive Ingleside is one of several projects in various stages of planning and implementation that will showcase the arts on Ocean Avenue.”
Auction ends: Wed. August 31, 2016