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SAHC Sacramento Arts History Consortium

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education

Mission: To provide services that stimulate cross cultural dialogues and cultivate new ideas about art in Sacramento

Results: We have increased our programs and reached double of our audiences. We have expanded on our services online and our following.

Target demographics: students and young professionals between the ages of 11-30 of all races.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 500

Geographic areas served: Sacramento Metropolitan Area


The project, Exploring the Power of Art, examines the impact art has in reconstructing

societies which have been subjugated to different forms of violence and marginalization

(e.g. segregation and discrimination). The project consists of three phases, which will

investigate the different roles art can play in re-developing communities. These phases

are: a symposium, a workshop and a photography exhibition.

Phase One: An engaging and interactive symposium, History Talks: Reconstructing

Societies and Developing Identities, is being organized in conjunction with the Art

History Club at California State University, Sacramento and will be held at CSUS

Saturday, April 9, 2011. Speakers specializing in the topic will be coming from

Colombia, Japan, New York, Southern California, Texas, and other regions to participate

in the discussion.

● Through the symposium directed at the targeted audience, experts and the

audience will discuss the role of art in the process of social repair and review

moments in history where art has been utilized for such purposes.

Phase Two: An interactive workshop, Me/We: Empowering Youth Through Art, will be

held at Capitol Heights Academy, an Aspire Public School, from September 12-15, 2011.

The workshop involves children (ages 8-10) creating a public mural with a well-known

Sacramento muralist, Shane Grammer.

● As an artistic exercise, the workshop uses art to empower under-served youth

by creating recognition of their work and skill. This acknowledgment serves

to motivate the students towards pursuing higher ambitions and education,

which is the philosophy of Capitol Heights Academy, “College For Certain.”

Phase Three: An eye-opening exhibition, Latin American Photography: The Realities of

Poverty and Social Identity, will be held at the Blue Line Gallery from November 2011 to

January 2012. The exhibition will display photographs of Latin America by artists and


● The exhibition will engage the public with a culturally and socioeconomically

distinct show that demonstrates art as an educational tool for bridging

suburban communities with those who are ignored or forgotten by society.

The show will reach a culturally diverse youth and family audience.

● The exhibition will display poverty as a lifestyle in Latin America with the

hope of spreading awareness and understanding of how marginalization

perpetuates poverty. We offer a new perspective on the impoverishment of

South America by conveying the spirit, attitude, and courage of the Latino

who characteristically manages to endure, regardless of limitations.

In line with our mission statement and our belief in art, Exploring the Power of Art will

create an understanding on how art is essential to the social, political, and cultural

development of societies.

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Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit has a lot of future built into both its board as well as it's initiatives. I ran across their work one day when picking up my child from Capitol Heights Academy. This young lady had decided to put together a mural job in attempts to bring the children together of the after school program my son was a part of. He seemed to be more excited about his work painting the mural than he had been about any other task he had taken part of at the school in a very long time. Our conversations on the way hom from school seemed to have more life and I was so happy to see him as enthusiastic about things at school than ever before. It allowed both me and my son to get closer. I had the opportunity to attend the final awards ceremony the young ladies put together once the mural was complete. It was quite a spectacle. The leader was a very ambitious young lady that seemed to have a strong desire to make a difference in the community. From what I hears the mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson, attended one day to check out the work. She has lots of potential, as does the organization itself. I would like to take the time to thank this organization for their work in the community as well as for their ability to truly bring people and families closer together.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Sacramento Art History Consortium has been doing really cool staff and their services are pretty unique in the community. There is really no other art organization in Sacramento that does or provides anything similar to the services that SAHC makes available. The one project that caught my attention the most was the exhibition "latin American Photography: The Realities of Poverty and Social identity." The photos were incredibly touching and the the team made a great curatorial job. My friends and i were realyl impressed by the quality of the work and research that had been put into organizing this exhibition. For the first time i felt that i was challenge by the work of art and that was forced to engage with the photos in a totally different level. The statement and the catalogue that were produced really explains the purpose of the exhibition and its commitment to enhancing an understanding of the latin American as well as the impact of visual media in our daily lives. The work of SAHC has been really productive for Sacramento and i really feel that artists, curators and art historians can really find a niche within this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAHC is a great space to help disseminate information, not only with art history but also in thinking about ways to expand the mind and other areas of study. As an economist i realized through the activities of SAHC the importance of the creative mind, especially as an entrepreneur. The young professionals leading the organizations are an awesome example of the type of entrepreneurship needed in Sacramento. I truly admire their efforts and appreciate their services. SAHC is innovative and engaging in ways that no other organization in town has been.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAHC has been an impacting experience for my child who participated in the workshop "Me/WE: Empowering Youth Through Art." The mural project gave my son the energy and inspiration to be more creative and gain more self-esteem. The mural became a huge symbol of the school and my son and i are always proud of his individual contribution to student community.