Every year the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Modesto Program, also known as LeMo, identifies, educates, and motivates potential community leaders. At the conclusion of their year in the LeMo program, they encourage participants to volunteer their time to identify and complete a service project that will have a positive impact in the Community.

The LeMo Class of 2017, made up of 24 community leaders from various industries, chose to raise awareness of the arts in the community while revitalizing Downtown Modesto. Their project entailed beautifying two Downtown Modesto intersections just in front of the Gallo Center for the Arts.

LeMo classmates, including 12th & I Branch Manager, Nate Benninger worked on this ongoing project to raise awareness of the arts in Downtown Modesto. On May 12, the LeMo class organized an exciting evening of food, fun, and live music to celebrate and unveil the newly-designed downtown crosswalks – now known as the “INTERSECTION of ART.” The creative artwork for the crosswalks was designed by local artists, who maintained an emphasis on music and performing arts.