Oct 30, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans Ali Gilani and King Oui Stayid pose for a picture before the game between the Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Kings announce partnership to promote public art at new arena

Hoping to include a bit of Sacramento culture at the new entertainment and sports center, the Kings have partnered with the Sacramento Metro Arts Commission (SMAC) to create the largest public art investment in City history.

Per Kings.com:

The Kings will invest approximately $5.5 million of the construction budget for the downtown entertainment and sports center (ESC) to the program.

The Kings and SMAC have jointly appointed a nine-member Public Art Selection Panel to develop an ESC Art Plan and recommend to SMAC for the acquisition, exhibition, and maintenance of artwork, including artist selection and artwork design approval.

The Kings will donate existing works of art located in Downtown Plaza to SMAC, including the low relief panels and tiles created by designer/architect Al Sanchez.

Owner Vivek Ranadive released the following statement on the new partnership:

“Promoting arts and culture is a top priority for the Kings and our ownership group,” said Majority Owner Vivek Ranadive. “We’re proud to partner with SMAC and this incredible all-star selection panel to ensure that the ESC makes a statement about the value of public art and its vital role in defining and activating downtown Sacramento.”

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