City of Redwood City Awarded National Endowment of the Arts Grant

Grant to support a children’s initiative as part of a new Redwood Shores library branch public art installation

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. – The City of Redwood City announced the award of a $25,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) grant to support a new public art installation called the Pirate Ship which will be locatedon the San Francisco Bay Trail and next to the Redwood Shores Library branch. The grant award will support community engagement activities and design planning for the public art installation.

The Pirate Ship was created by artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and will be designed as a fully functioning art sculpture and a permanent feature offering an imaginative play space and library space next to the Redwood Shores library branch located at 399 Marine Parkway. The art installation will serve the community at large by encouraging fantasy, conversation, social interaction, and play. As part of the public art process, the artists will work directly with park designers and the community to fully integrate the structure into the site location.

The National Endowment of the Arts grant will be used to support the oversight, youth art competition and the development of the Pirate Ship shade sails. The grant award will be used to support a local effort with school children in Redwood City to illustrate and publish Ilya Kabakov’s granddaughter’s short story, which will feature local children’s drawings.

The Pirate Ship public art installation is the first permanent art work of the local collaboration between the Bay Trail, Association of Bay Area Governments, City of Redwood City, Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and Fung Collaboratives known as Migrations. Migrations, an ongoing public art initiative to support art along the Bay Trail seeks to provide temporary and permanent public art on the Bay Trail and partner with Cities in the region to activate local trail systems. The City of Redwood City was the first local government agency to support Migrations within San Mateo County. The City worked closely with Fung Collaboratives on both the acquisition of the Pirate Ship as well as the application for the NEA Grant. Fung Collaboratives is an arts organization that leads the development of curatorial, commercial, and educational events under a single organizational umbrella.

Ilya Kabakov is credited as the founder of the Installation Art movement which continues to thrive today. He works with his wife Emilia realizing major exhibitions and has work in major museum and private collections around the world. The Pirate Ship is Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s first permanent public artwork and park design in the United States. With the assistance of the NEA grant and following extensive community engagement through design meetings, the Pirate Ship installation is planned to open in 2019.

For more information about the City of Redwood City’s public art program and the Civic Cultural Commission, go to and for more about the City of Redwood City Public Library go to

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at, or follow Redwood City on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

About the San Francisco Bay Trail
The San Francisco Bay Trail Project is administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). When completed, the Bay Trail will encircle the entire San Francisco Bay, linking all nine Bay Area counties and 47 cities, and crossing seven toll bridges. The San Francisco Bay Trail Project provides funds and technical assistance for trail planning and construction to local jurisdictions, enlists public participation in trail-related activities, and publicizes the Bay Trail and its region-wide benefits as part of its mission to plan, promote, and advocate for implementation of the Bay Trail. Migrations is a public art program of the San Francisco Bay Trail. For more information visit, the website at

Founded in 1961, ABAG is the regional planning agency for the nine counties and 101 cities and towns of the Bay Area and is recognized as the first council of governments in California.

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