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Sacramento, West Sacramento Moving Towards Each Other With Joint Arts Project

  

An arts project to connect Sacramento and West Sacramento is on the verge of receiving a $250,000 in local and federal money.

Shelly Willis is Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. She says the one of the few things known about the River Crossing Project is that it would somehow connect downtown Sacramento and the Washington District of West Sacramento.

"We have the river and the freeway that divides us and we do have these bridges across. We feel it's really important to conceptually and visually  connect the two cities over this divide," says Willis.

The National Endowment for the Arts has already awarded a grant of $125,000 to the project this year, with the requirement that West Sacramento and Sacramento combine to match the amount.

Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council is expected to approve its share, $62,500 in cash and employee hours, of the $125,000 in matching funds.

Willis says the arts commission will meet about the project this week, and will ask for community input after the first of the year.

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