Local painter/muralist and artist Ann Thiermann and Crystal Birns, the Santa Cruz Art Program Manager, were on the live radio show Artists on Art, August 24th to talk about the Public Art in Santa Cruz.

I found Ann recently on the street, in an alley, Pearl Street Alley to be more exact.  It’s a beautiful pastoral scene called “A Peaceful Paws”.  I asked her what she was doing and she replied that the City had gotten some funds to touch up her mural.  The City began a mural program 15 years ago as a way to beautify the locale.  Ann was one of the first recipients and painted the mural 14 years ago.

At the beginning of the show, we talked about Ann’s art and the other times that she has been on the show to talk about her various exhibitions.

We then spoke with Crystal about the City Arts Program.  This program works with the Economic Development & Redevelopment.

They are just about to launch our new Downtown Public Art website at Santa Cruz Public Art Program.  This website was put together to showcase the wonderful murals already around. Ann’s wonderful mural, Peaceful Paws, downtown can be found at the site. Here is the Santa Cruz City Matching Grant Mural Program for more information.

Also, we discussed upcoming Santa Cruz City Arts events  such as the opening reception for our newest mural project – Kathleen Crocetti’s mural at 1111 Soquel Avenue – which was completed in collaboration with more than 3000 local school children.

The City of Santa Cruz Art Program has a Facebook page for the socially networked.

Here’s the twitvid from last night’s show:


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