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Change In Sacramento's Arts Scene

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Deaja Mkhallati and Cha Cha Burnadette of the Darling Clementines variety act support a repeal of a ban on street performers in the city of Sacramento.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday told members of the arts community that they will be a priority in the city.

An arts event was held around noon at Warehouse Artists Lofts. It was there Steinberg announced several changes that have been made or that he believes will be made.

"We're increasing our investment in the Metropolitan Arts Commission, we're putting out a $500,000 arts grant, we're bringing in a new dynamic arts director from the city of Houston," he said.

Jonathon Glus accepted the position on Tuesday and said he knows how he will spend his first year on the job."The city has never had a cultural plan.

"It's time that we have a cultural plan. That's when the city determines its priorities for investing in arts and culture, advancing art and culture, what our identity is and where we want to go," he said.

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Painter Christian Hamlet Velastegui works at a Sacramento art event.  Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

One more change in the works: a revision of the city code that has limited street performances.

Deaja Mkhallati is a street performer with the Darling Clementines variety show.

"I'm really hoping that Sacramento believes in the arts and can help us bring it to every single street corner and not just days like this and not just in one building," Mkhallati says. "There are many artists here that all need affordable housing."

She was one of 100 people who attended the event. It featured painting, dancing and street performers.  0614 17 sac art stilts

Jenna with Sac Cirque prepares for an arts event on R Street in Sacramento.   Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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