In June of 2014 members of the Napa Valley Vine Trail's Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) committee began focusing on improving the user experience and engaging the community through art on the existing rail and bike corridor, currently known as the “Cross Town Commuter Path” located in the heart of Napa. A sub-committee started meeting regularly to discuss potential art applications and coordination with our local public agencies. The new Napa Valley Wine Train owners learned of our endeavors and approached us as a partner, adding momentum and support to our artistic vision.
Receiving it's inspiration from numerous art districts around the world, this innovative group has formed Napa's first Art District, the Rail Arts District (RAD Napa) under the direction of a Rail Arts District Steering Committee (the RAD Committee) to spearhead the beautification of this vital route. As RAD Napa unfurls it will establish itself as a source of civic pride, building bridges of connection and understanding through collaborative art in our Napa Valley.
The Goals of RAD Napa are to:
RAD Napa will run approximately 1.7 miles from the Wine Train crossing at Soscol Avenue just south of Vallejo Street to the Wine Train Crossing of Highway 29 just south of Redwood Road.
The goals of RAD Napa will be worked on by the RAD Committee. The size and composition of the RAD Committee are under development.
The RAD Committee will follow these guiding principles in its operations:
The initial tasks of the RAD Committee will be to:
Several projects have already been identified for RAD Napa. It is a major task of the Committee to bring one or more of these projects to completion. The projects include:
Maintenance of RAD Napa will be addressed by the RAD Committee as set forth in the RAD Guiding Principles and Master Plan. Fundraising for RAD projects will include provisions to maintain the projects for their expected useful life. In some instances, maintenance funding will be provided for up front. In other cases, a plan for maintenance and future funding sources will be developed and tracked to make sure that current projects are maintained before new projects are undertaken.
Funding for private installations on private property will generally be raised from private sources. A qualified 501(c)3 will receive the funds and act as fiduciary for their investment in the installation in order to qualify funding as charitable donations.
Mentis has agreed to act as the fiduciary for the Napa Quake Mosaic Project with 10% of the funding retained by Mentis for its administration of the Quake Mosaic project.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition has agreed to act as the fiduciary for all the other Early Win projects above with 10% of the funding retained by the Vine Trail for its administration of the projects and subject to Vine Trail Board approval.
Longer term, the RAD Committee will decide its appropriate nonprofit structure.
It is also anticipated that the RAD Committee will apply for available grant funding from the City and County of Napa, including TID funding among other sources.