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“Paletas Santa Monica”: A Unique Artist Collaboration Where Santa Monicans Share Their Vision for Public Art Over a Popsicle

Paletas Santa Monica // El Sabor a la Comunidad-Taste of the Community will be on the streets in all five zip codes of Santa Monica from July 29- August 29, 2017. Do you know about public art in Santa Monica? Do you know where it exists? Do you relate to it in a personal way; is it relevant to you? How does it affect your experience of the city?

The City of Santa Monica presents Paletas Santa Monica, an artist-led community outreach project by Mario Mesquita, to engage residents throughout Santa Monica in conversations about the future of public art in the city. Mario and his team of local artists and educators will travel throughout Santa Monica’s neighborhoods on two custom pedal-powered Paletero Carts. They will stop at predetermined locations to gather input on residents’ awareness of existing public art and what and where they would like to see public art. In exchange, each participant will be treated to a delicious ice-cold, hand-crafted popsicle.

Paletas Santa Monica // El Sabor a la Comunidad-Taste of the Community will directly engage Santa Monica’s intrinsically creative and diverse population that may not have the time or the inclination to attend a community forum, which are simultaneously being held on July 29 and August 2.  The opinions gathered will inform recommendations in the Public Art Master Plan, which is projected for completion in the spring of 2018.

For more information and a full schedule of venues (coming soon) on the project, visitwww.paletas-samo.ca. Please also check out #ArtSaMo and #PaletasSaMo to follow the action!

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