Annually, the Midtown Association recognizes outstanding community members and organizations that embody the mission of the organization by making Midtown the center for culture, creativity and vibrancy in two categories. The Partner of the Year is awarded to organizations and agencies that have gone above and beyond to support the Midtown community. The Artist of the Year is awarded to an artist or artists that have brought Midtown to life through music, murals, artistic wraps, and lighting.
Read to learn more about our partners and artists throughout the years that were recognized in their contribution to bettering our Midtown Community.
Partner: California State Parks (Sutter’s Fort Lighting Project)
California State Parks demonstrated incredible work and partnership in the development and implementation of the Sutter’s Fort Lighting project. The lighting will increase both safety and visibility for the many residents who live, work and visit this area in Midtown. The project planning process included multiple iterations to ensure there would be minimal impact to the historic walls and visually not distracting to the visitors who visit Sutter’s Fort during the day, while still having a noticeable lighting impact during the evening and night hours.
Artist: Melissa Uroff (Fremont Park Art Wraps)
In an effort to beautify and activate parks within the district, Midtown Parks wrapped eight electrical pedestals in Fremont Park. The pedestals were recently added as part of the city of Sacramento’s electrical upgrades to the park. Melissa Uroff, employed her unique combination of photography and paint to create the digital artwork for these wraps. The dynamic designs feature local female leaders from Sacramento whose children play at Fremont Park.
Partner: Restaurant Vaccine Rollout Partners (Sacramento Native American Health Center and Patrick Mulvaney with Mulvaney’s B&L)
Our Vaccine Rollout Partners were recognized for their contributions in ensuring our restaurant community was protected by moving swiftly to provide free vaccine access to restaurant workers regardless of immigration status.
Artist: Chris Biddle (29R LED Lighting Project)
Through an RFP process, Chris was selected to design and fabricate a light installation—at the 29th Street SacRT Light Rail Station—that would attract and encourage ridership and create a welcoming connection and pedestrian gateway between Midtown and the nearby Alhambra corridor. Chris created six stunning and fully programmable LED panels that are affixed to six light poles at the station along R Street between 29th and 30th Streets.
Partner: Al Fresco Dining Program (City of Sacramento, Public Works)
The impact of the Al Fresco Dining Program was incredibly significant to ensuring Midtown restaurants could remain open and operable during the pandemic in a way that was safe for customers and employees. Several partners contributed to this effort including the Office of Councilmember Hansen, Public Works, Economic Development and Capitol Barricades, and Public Works was recognized for their swift action in permitting on-street dining.
Artist: Carlos Kandia, musician
Local Columbian musician, and frequent Midtown event and program musician, Carlos Kandia has participated in the Midtown Bands Together Summer Busking Program, the Midtown Mini 2020, the Midtown Farmers Market, and was the weekly featured musician at Wednesdays at Winn. Carlos drew over 500 people to sit safety apart during Wednesdays at Winn in a way they could feel a sense of togetherness during the pandemic.
Partner: Dog Park Umbrella Team (Quadriga, City of Sacramento & TriCorps)
The Truitt Bark Park at 19 and Q Street is exceedingly popular year round, but during warm Sacramento summers, visiting pups and people needed the addition of shade “umbrella” structures. While the umbrellas were purchased by Sutter Health, CADA, Midtown Association and the City of Sacramento, the design and engineering were donated by Quadriga, the environmental clean-up was sponsored by the City of Sacramento, and the construction/installation was donated by TriCorp Group. Thank you to Tony Moayed and Chris Cormier of TriCorp Group, Shannon Brown and Raymond Costantino of the City of Sacramento, and to Christine Talbot of Quadriga.
Artist: Artistic Trash Can Wraps (Anne Marie Robinson, Denae Davis, Jon Bafus, Natana Rose, and Sarah Golden
To remove litter and beautify public space, 21 trash cans in Midtown were wrapped with art installations. These artists were selected by a panel including Carlin Naify with Verge Center for the Arts, Clay Nutting with Canon East Sac and DBA Arts, and Ashley Rodseth with Honey Agency. We’d also like to recognize Councilmember Steve Hansen for his support on this project. The artists recognized in 2019 include Jon Bafus, Denae Davis, Sarah Golden, Annie Robinson, Natana Rose, Haley Titus and Runyon Saltzman (creative agency).
Partner: Women in Placemaking Committee (Jessica Sorensen, Kimberly Garza, Meghan Phillips, and Melissa Williams)
The Women in Placemaking Committee, consisting of Nikky Mohanna, Meghan Phillips, Melissa Williams, Kimberly Garza, and Jessica Sorensen, dedicated a combined 50+ volunteer hours and an estimated $3k in-kind support to develop a placemaking pop-up in Midtown that was the foundation for 24th and K Street becoming the Golden Hub for events and lighting that it is today. Below is a photo of the Disco Ball Tree, a popular location to snap a photo at in the 24K area. Learn more about this area, in our Golden Hub blog.
Partner: Truitt Bark Park (City of Sacramento, District 4; Capitol Area Development Authority; Quadriga and the Pack)
Truitt Bark Park is the first dog park in the central grid and serves a lively community space for dogs and humans alike. The Truitt Bark Park, named after civic watchdog and longtime midtown activist Brooks Truitt, celebrated its grand opening in July 2017 with construction management by Capital Area Development Authority, design by Quadriga and funding by the City of Sacramento with leadership from Councilmember Hansen. Much more than just a dog park, the park offers a space for people to come together and connect. As nearby developments bring hundreds of new residents and visitors to the area, this beautiful public space will serve as an anchor to the community around it.
Through SMUD’s efforts, Midtown Association now has a database that relays clean and safe activities and links these activities with the properties that received service. Additionally, the database tracks parcel data, contact information, and assessment information, allowing Midtown Association to better communicate with stakeholders. One significant outcome of the database is that our largest property owners, will receive automated reports on a regular basis indicating the service that was received on their property.
Partner: Sacramento Police Department
The Sacramento Police Department was recognized for its ongoing partnership with Midtown Association to help secure our events as well as secure and make safe one of the most dynamic nightlife destinations in this region at 20th and K Street.