Festival History

Wide Open Walls is a 501(3)(c) whose mission is to promote and celebrate public art since 2016. We believe that art is an integral part of the human experience, and can empower, inspire and transform lives. Wide Open Walls promotes diversity through artistic expression. We think art should be part of daily life and want art to reach a wider audience. Our mission is embodied in Wide Open Walls – our annual festival in August that brings our region together to celebrate Art for All. The festival brings local, national and international artists together to transform our region with amazing street art. We also produce other public art events throughout the year – including The Mural Jam, Sac Republic’s Paint The Park, and the upcoming Playa Art Trail. Wide Open Walls brings underserved neighborhoods public art that encourages a sense of pride and identity; provides community gathering spaces; generates impactful, measurable economic growth for our region; and promotes greater cultural understanding and appreciation amongst diverse groups.

We have created 80+ permanent works during our festivals as gifts to our region and 250 temporary works that have been presented at events like:

  • Paint the Park with Sacramento Republic FC
  • Sacramento Mural Jam at the Sacramento Bee Garage with SKK
  • Elks Tower Block Party with Elks Casino
  • Murals on the BLVD with the Del Paso Partnership
  • CSUS projection project at DOCO

We’ve produced the Street Art Concert for a sold-out crowd of over 4,000 had have had dozens of popup gallery shows, movie premiers, artist meet and greets, VIP experiences, and neighborhood events.

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