Call for Artists and Sponsors for new Folsom Public Art Project


The Leadership Folsom Class of 2022/23 has issued a call for artists and sponsors for a new Folsom public art project, “Heartbeat of Folsom”.

“Our vision is a city-wide public art exhibit displaying beautifully designed and painted heart sculptures, each featuring different themes celebrating everything we love about our great city, while promoting art in public places, and raising funds to improve the lives of the under served in our community,” says class representative Heather Hoffman, with Elliott Homes.

Similar public art projects in other cities have included painted fish, cows, guitars, and San Francisco’s Hearts in San Francisco   These projects have proven to be popular and effective fund-raising events, while beautifying communities and attracting tourists.

The Folsom Hearts will add to the City’s growing public art collection. Additional Folsom public art pieces can be found at Palladio Center, Natoma Station neighborhood, the Gallery at 48 Natoma and Lion’s Park.

Themes for the “Heartbeat of Folsom” include innovation, history, technology, community, and natural beauty, among others.


Painted by artist Ron Orpitelli, Gratitude Grace & Beauty is part of the Hearts in San Francisco project

How you can help

Sponsors: Local organizations can “sponsor a heart” for $2500, which includes the cost of the sculpture, a $1000 stipend for the artist, and a $250 contribution to assist the under served in our community. To date, seven sculptures have been sponsored, with a goal of 10 or more before March 2. Interested sponsors can learn more by visiting the project website at

Artists: Sponsors can select their own artist, or the leadership class is cultivating a pool of available talent through its “Call for Artists,” also on the project website.

“We welcome and encourage any local artist to check out our guidelines, the sculpture template, and apply” Hoffman says.  “Artists from high school age on up are welcome to participate.”

The finished, painted sculptures will be unveiled on June 2 at Folsom’s Palladio, and collectively on display for 10 days.  Afterward, sponsors will install the sculptures for individual display in public-facing areas throughout the city, with “heart maps” available on the Heartbeat of Folsom website.

Leadership Folsom is an experience offered to those members of our community who have an interest in further developing their personal leadership capabilities and knowledge of Folsom, as a city, hub of commerce, environment for education, and a place for recreation work in harmony with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for it residents, workforce and visitors.

Many city employees, commissioners and City Council members are graduates of past Leadership Folsom Classes. For more information contact the Folsom Chamber of Commerce/Choose Folsom at