More details revealed for ArtStreet, follow-up to wildly successful Art Hotel

Last year, Art Hotel drew tens of thousands of people to a vacated building downtown—the rooms, hallways and bathrooms of which were transformed into a temporary art exhibit. 

It was perhaps Sacramento’s most successful art event ever. Now, M5 Arts, the 11-person collective that quietly organized Art Hotel, is planning its next project, ArtStreet.

“Art Street is a place that we can all call home,” said M5's Seumas Coutts at a fundraising event last night. “It will also be the largest collaborative art event this city has ever seen.”

In addition to pitching potential donors, Coutts and M5's Clay Nutting revealed a few new details for ArtStreet. It will take place February 3-25 at 300 First Avenue, inside an 18,000-square-foot warehouse as well as a similarly-sized outdoor space just off Broadway. 

Nutting described ArtStreet as “a moshpit of creativity,” while Coutts said it’d be like “Art Hotel on a larger scale.” It’ll also be free to the public and offer a full program of events: lectures from national speakers, performances and, notably, never-before-screened films by Wayne Thiebaud.

New for ArtStreet will be a kitchen and one or two bars.

“Some of the top chefs in this city and maybe even the world is gonna cook there,” Coutts said. But, because there won’t be any branding of any kind, no one will know.

M5 is still curating ArtStreet after receiving 330 submissions from around the world. Coutts said chosen artists should hear back by Wednesday, November 23—60 will be chosen at first, with the potential for more in the future. But Coutts seemed doubtful, as the proposed projects are really large in scale. 

M5 estimates the project will cost $150,000. Find the Kickstarter campaign here.

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