She didn’t want to come to Sacramento. Now she’s helping build its new economy.

Shira Lane - UPcyclePOPUPcyclePOP was just one of several temporary events that in recent years turned vacant Sacramento buildings into short-term art installations or artists markets – ArtHotel, ArtStreet and Makers Mart events are among the most notable.

In an alternate universe, Shira Lane is still a Sacramento artist who hasn’t connected with the city creatively. Until the city launched the “Creative Economy” grant program over the summer, Lane, a documentary filmmaker, lived here but didn’t intellectually play here. While she had physically moved – reluctantly at first – to Sacramento two years ago, her video production work remained in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Six months later, she spent the final week of 2017 showing artists around a 38,000-square-foot office building near the Sacramento State campus. She has reached a deal with the landlord to turn a portion of the building into “Upcycle,” a shared workspace for other creatives looking for connection and a desk to call their own. Read the full article