Arts & Culture,
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.