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Your donation in general support of The Canal Arts work makes our community stronger.

 Thank You!

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Marin Society of Artist acts as fiscal sponsor for The Canal Arts work. Donate online or send a check payable to Marin Society of Artists with "The Canal Arts" in the memo line. Mail to:
Marin Society of Artists
Attn: The Canal Arts
1515 3rd Street
San Rafael, CA 94901


Canal Neighborhood

   San Rafael, CA


Create vibrant visual pathways in the Canal neighborhoods of San Rafael utilizing public art and color in collaboration with community  representatives, paid artists of color, youth and diverse participants and partners.



  • Through public art, bring visible transformation to the Canal neighborhood expressing its mix of immigrant cultures and the hopes, dreams and contributions of its community.

  • Promote the use of color on buildings. A wall or an entire building, simply repainted with a lively palette, can make an engaging difference at little cost.

  •  Include participatory education elements throughout public art conception and creation, with an emphasis on history and meaning, and reflection on its impact.




  • Utilize the arts to bridge differences and forge unity

  • Community engagement in all aspects of CAI work

  • Outcomes of and by the community

  • Create economic opportunity and investment in the community

  • Foster communication that leads to understanding


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The People of the Canal

A two-mile interpretive history, from time immemorial, the story of human presence by San Rafael’s Canal and what is now the S.F. Bay Area, will reveal largely unknown chapters, a fresh contribution to our knowledge of the past, and an encouraging look into a future dominated by the challenges of our climate crisis.


The People of the Canal project will be created in 2023-2025, for an estimated project cost of $472,000, of which over half has now been granted from the California Coastal Conservancy, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, and other grants and donor-directed funds of the Marin Community Foundation to date, with the remaining funds being sought through grants and individual donations. Please join the effort!

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