Art in Windows launches in space under Richmond BART parking garage


The ground-floor space of the BART parking garage has become a pop-up art gallery thanks to the launch of the Art in Windows program that brings vacant downtown storefronts to life.

On Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., community members and art lovers gathered in the first floor of the Richmond BART Parking Garage at 1600 Macdonald Ave. to view a number of art pieces. The pieces were accomplished by artists filled with potential — all were done by local children.

The works will be on display through November and possibly longer, according to the Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), which created the annual Art in Windows, which displays works from local artists in vacant storefronts. RMSI is a city council approved agency tasked with revitalizing downtown.

This year, the program celebrates children’s art and features works created during a project run by a 10-year-old recipient of a Love Your Block mini-grant, Azia Banagan, as well as original illustrations by Mira Vista Elementary students as part of The Scribbler Artist Project, funded by a city arts grant.