The Neighborhood Galleries Public Art Project is a public art initiative to transform freeway underpasses, which currently divide neighborhoods by impeding walkability, into spaces of connection. Through an artist-driven process, these spaces will become public galleries for exhibiting participatory art projects created by residents.
Phase I of this citywide initiative will address underpasses located in East San Jose at the intersection of Interstate 680 and Capitol Expressway, Jackson Avenue, and King Road.
Through the Neighborhood Gateway Gallery project, we seek to connect residents through active participation in the arts.
Scape Martinez will develop a design strategy for the Neighborhood Gateway Gallery, and will lead residents in participatory design and artmaking workshops at neighborhood locations. The aesthetic outcomes of which will be incorporated into a final unified design. Each underpass will be unique, however, the three sites will be tied together through an aesthetically cohesive design approach.