Eureka Street Art Festival Gears Up For Fifth Annual Event

ByJames I. Robertson

Jul 11, 2022

Are you ready? The Eureka Street Art Festival is gearing up for the fifth annual event August 1-6, with the culminating Block Party on Saturday August 6 from 12pm-6pm.

The fifth annual festival focuses on the Bridge District – from the Samoa Bridge on the waterfront to the 101 on the north end of town. For this year’s festival, you can expect to see the creation of 11 new murals on some of Eureka’s most central structures (including the underside of the Samoa Bridge!).

The artist application process has drawn more than 300 applicants from across the country, and artists will be flocking to Eureka from the farthest corners of our country to paint these massive murals. And don’t worry, there are quite a few artists from Humboldt County too!

How do you appreciate the Festival? Attend one of the daily art walks at 5:30 p.m. (visit the website for meeting locations), to learn about the concepts, talk to the artists, and learn more about these public works of art. And be sure to mark your calendars for the Block Party on Saturday, August 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. which will take place under the Samoa Bridge on Waterfront Drive. There will be over 100 vendors, food trucks, a huge beer garden, live art, massive murals, family activities, a community mural, live music and more!

Want to get involved? Are you a local business or organization? The Festival encourages you to host a coordinated event (like an art exhibit, bike ride, cleanup, or workshop) or offer related promotions and sales (Pollock’s pizza, anyone?) Well Of course, the Festival is also looking for volunteers and sponsors. You can find more information about all these things on the Festival website: www.eurekastreetartfestival.com, under Get Involved. Also be sure to follow them on Instagram (@EurekaStreetArtFestival) and Facebook for more updates!

The Samoa Bridge Mural Project Community Beautification Project was made possible by Governor Gavin Newsom’s Clean California Initiative, a massive, multi-year, $1.1 billion effort led by Caltrans to eliminate waste, create jobs and engaging communities to transform state and local public spaces. Visit CleanCA.com for more information on this transformative program.

The mission of the Eureka Street Art Festival is to create intentional and accessible art that animates public spaces, stimulates community revitalization and attracts visitors to Eureka. Our long-term goal is to recreate this event every year and continually introduce new public art to Eureka. Surplus funds raised by the Festival will be used to maintain existing public art throughout the city. ESAF is a Dreammaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.


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