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June Changemaker: Kristyn Miller

June Changemaker: Kristyn Miller

Kristyn Miller, Program Director, CampusTown Waco Initiative,  Prosper Waco //

What inspires you?
People’s capacity for good-hearted change.  In Waco, we have made great strides in both grassroots and institutional community transformation, all brimming out of a genuine desire for improving our city holistically.  The amount of visionary and dedicated leadership on issues of great importance in our community is truly inspiring.

I’m also inspired by those part-human, part-superheroes who wake up at the crack of dawn, kill it in their work day, grocery shop, volunteer, work out, make dinner, organize their junk drawers, and still manage to get 8 hours of sleep, all without a cup of coffee.  I’m still trying to figure that one out.

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“Bright Underbelly” Challenges Role of Art in Sacramento & Beyond

“Bright Underbelly” Challenges Role of Art in Sacramento & Beyond

By: Joe Duffy, City Fellow, CEOs for Cities //

3 Canopy DesignAmerica’s approach toward public art is changing.  It is no secret our country has historically funded fewer projects than many of our global counterparts.  Do our government administrators find the arts irrelevant?  Are the arts considered a low priority amidst our budget cuts?  Either way, some Americans continue to advocate more cultural investments for our country’s neighborhoods – and they’re finding unique ways to fund them.

One project in Sacramento showcases how our national pendulum can swing toward the arts.  At 70,000 square feet, the “Bright Underbelly” mural is the largest in the region.  Completed in March 2016, the project was designed to emulate an outdoor tree canopy as rendered underneath the city’s WX Freeway.  Each concrete piling was painted to resemble native sycamore trunks, which rise to meet an open sky above.   Divided into 4 distinct seasonal sections, the sky and pilings also feature 25 different wildlife species local to the area.

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