Our vision is to see a far-from-scenic route along the Napa Valley Vine Trail and the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks pulse with new energy, awe-inspiring sights, thriving businesses and meaningful dialogue through investment in and stewardship of a dedicated public art district in The City of Napa. We believe that when art becomes part of the fabric of a community, every citizen has the opportunity to see new possibilities and create a better future for all.
WHERE WE’VE BEEN + WHERE WE’RE GOING
June 2014 Members of the Napa Valley Vine Trail Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) committee begin focusing on improving Napa’s rail and bike corridor user experience through art.
December 2016 Owners of the new Napa Valley Wine Train partner with the Napa Valley Vine Trail’s ACE, adding momentum and support to the artistic vision.
January 2017 The Rail Arts District (aka RAD Napa) is formally launched. Under the direction of a steering committee, four “early win” projects are identified.
January 2017 RAD Napa organizes its first Open House, an invitation for the community to co-create the future of the district.
January 2017 RAD’s first mural, Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Bezt & Natalia Rak, debuts on the back of the Napa Valley Register building.
March 2017 The district’s second mural, Chromadynamica for Napa by Felipe Pantone, is installed on the back wall of the Matthews Mattress building.
April 2017Floating Napa by Cinta Vidal debuts as a surrealist take on our city on the side of the NAPA Auto Parts building.
November 2017 An homage to Napa Valley Vine Trail walkers and joggers, Begin and Continue by Napa artist Mikey Kelly is installed.
April 2018Jack and Jill by Bumblebeelovesyou, Infinite Tapestry Napa by Mars-1 and Daisy Chain by Bryan Valenzuela murals completed. 12 utility box art wraps by local artists installed across the District.
June 2018The Whine Train by Jeremy Fish and Rolling Portrait of a Firefighter by Fintan Magee installed.
The Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition is a grassroots non-profit with a vision to build a walking/biking trail system to connect the entire Napa Valley—physically, artistically and culturally. A founding member of RAD Napa, the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition invested $50,000 in the initial creation of RAD.
The Napa Valley Wine Train is one of Napa’s most distinctive food and wine experiences. Offering an authentic, memorable journey that echoes the glory days of train travel, it combines fine dining service, stops at some of the Valley’s top wineries, gorgeous scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored vintage rail cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train partnered with Napa Valley Vine Trail to launch RAD Napa through an initial $50,000 investment.
Founded in Los Angeles in 2005, Thinkspace is committed to the promotion and dissemination of young and emerging art. The gallery is a catalytic conduit for the emerging New Contemporary art scene, and is dedicated to the exposure of its tenets and its artists. Gallery curator and PR head, Andrew Hosner, is the curator of RAD Napa murals.
RAD is a designated 501(c)3 managed by members of the RAD Committee as set forth in our guiding principles and master plan. Fundraising for each project provides for the care of that installation for the duration of its life in the district. Private installations on private property are generally underwritten by private sources. Grants from the City of Napa and County of Napa, including the Transportation Improvement District, are potential sources for future funding.