Public Projects Specialist Named
Scape Martinez has been appointed to the position of Public Projects Specialist with EPACENTER. In his new role, Scape will be responsible for the successful conception, design and delivery of grant-funded or commissioned youth public art projects in the City and beyond.
EPACENTER’s large-scale public art projects will serve as a catalyst for social change and creative placemaking in the City of East Palo Alto. These public projects create opportunities for young artists, designers, cultural producers and curators to engage in creative placemaking. Projects will create opportunities for the city’s youth to contribute to East Palo Alto’s creative and cultural vitality by placing their artwork in the public realm while engaging the community-at-large about their work.
Executive Director Nadine Rambeau said, “Scape’s background fits very well with his new role.”
As a contemporary, urban artist and arts educator whose personal work includes abstract expressionism and graffiti art, he has a deep commitment to East Palo Alto, where he has taught for well over a decade. Scape’s collaborative pieces can be seen at EPA’s Bell Street Park and Jack Farrell Park, as well as in schools and organizations such as East Palo Alto Academy, Live in Peace, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. He is also responsible for a LEED award-winning public art project at San Jose’s Roosevelt Community Center that incorporated traditional mural-making techniques, elements of Graffiti Art, and digital imaging.
Alongside a litany of curated exhibits, Scape’s art has been showcased in the Stephen Silver Fine Jewelry Lookbook, Donna Karen’s “Her Time is Now” exhibit in New York City, and the Brighton Fringe Festival in London.
His published writings include four highly acclaimed Graffiti Art books, the first instructional Graffiti books of their kind. Scape is committed to the principles of creative placemaking, and enjoys engaging community members in public pieces that are co-designed and co-created. As a long time advocate for art education for young adults, Scape is committed to working with youth of all backgrounds to help them explore their sense of identity and voice through art.
Throughout his journey, Scape has partnered with several nonprofit organizations to create programming and original art content specifically designed for at-risk youth of all ages and demographics.
Speaking of his new role, Scape notes, “Through my workshops and art education efforts I have been able to share my passion for art education with young people, it’s an honor to inspire, motivate and help youth explore their own world and life through Art. I want them to see and hear themselves in the world around them through vibrant color. Color is life-affirming.”