Guard your eyeballs, Eureka. The fourth edition of the Eureka Street Art Festival is gearing up to force even more different colors into your brain. This year’s event will focus on the drab Highway 101 corridor around downtown Eureka, and will include the big mural on the Humboldt County Courthouse we’ve discussed here on LoCO previously.
Wrap your mind around the map above and then scroll down for a release containing more details from festival organizers:
The fourth annual Eureka Street Art Festival will be spreading color throughout Downtown Eureka from Aug. 7 to 14, 2021. This year, we are focusing on the 101 corridor, and will be painting a number of wayfinding and welcoming murals. We currently have eight murals in the works being painted by nine artists, almost all of them locals.
This year we are working on bringing fewer, larger murals to Eureka: over 8,500 square feet of public art! This includes the massive mural being painted on the County Courthouse on I Street by Blake Reagan and Lucas Thornton; a big map of Eureka being painted on the corner of E and 5th Streets by Jenna Catsos (of Pen+Pine); a mural featuring a local endangered specie sponsored by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC); a piece being coordinated by HAPI (Humboldt Asian and Pacific Islanders) in honor of Eureka’s historic China Town; and a repainting of a current piece of public art, by Kati Texas.
Big murals mean big money, and if you want to support this year’s pieces of public art, you can contribute to the Go Fund Me: gf.me/u/zqcq9f
Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the Festival can contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the unknown nature of the virus, we are not currently planning a Block Party, and are instead focusing our energy on bringing some HUGE murals to town.
The Eureka Street Art Festival’s mission is to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces, stimulates community revitalization, and attracts visitors to Eureka. Our long term aim is to recreate this event annually and continuously introduce new public art in Eureka. Excess funds raised by the Festival will go towards the maintenance of existing public art throughout the city. ESAF is a DreamMaker project of the Ink People Center for the Arts.