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THE EUREKA STREET ART FESTIVAL IS A DREAMMAKER PROJECT OF THE INK PEOPLE

© 2019 ESAF

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL /

The Eureka Street Art Festival (ESAF) is a week-long, city-wide event that takes place each summer. The core mission of the festival is to create intentional, accessible art that enlivens public spaces, stimulates community revitalization, and attracts visitors to Eureka. The annual festival invites local and international artists to paint murals and create street art throughout Downtown and Old Town Eureka, creating a unique walkable and bikeable public art experience. The festival offers the opportunity to watch the creation of large-scale pieces of world-class art and allows the public to interact with artists through artist talks, daily tours, and special events. The festival culminates in a large block party to celebrate the completion of the art.

In the summer of 2017, the Black Faun Arts Project commissioned murals by British artists Dan Kitchener (aka DANK) and Duncan Jago (aka Mr Jago). These transformed a small corner of Old Town Eureka and began to draw many visitors each day. It quickly became clear that this community appreciates not only having large-scale pieces of public art, but also watching their creation. Eureka has always been home to a large number of murals, and the time seemed right to pull this all together with an organized effort to celebrate our city's public art. The Eureka Street Art Festival was born in 2018 with the intention of being an annual event, focusing each year on a different area of the city.

THE TEAM /

  • Michelle Cartledge, Co-Owner Humboldt Cider Company and The Local Cider Bar

  • Jenna Catsos, Local Artist and Community Organizer, Owner of Pen+Pine

  • Swan Asbury, Planner with the City of Eureka