Access and Exposure to Art

The centerpiece in our efforts to provide greater access and exposure to art is seen in the hallways of the Museum.  More than 2,000 linear feet are covered with dynamic murals depicting the culture and history of our diverse people:  African American, Mexican, Latino, Asian, Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Eastern, and Native American.  In Sankofa Hall, the African American journey is illustrated from Africa to the New World, from bondage to freedom, to accomplishment and excellence.  Pioneers, scientists, and leaders in all professions throughout the ages are represented here, as well as sports figures and entertainers.  Well-known California and Sacramento figures from the past up to today are portrayed.  Guided tours are available to enrich the mural experience as visitors encounter history and art in this exciting and informative venue. 

Supporting local artists enhances our efforts to increase access to art in the community.  Frequent varied or theme-oriented art installations and exhibitions bring the work of local artists into the Center.  They have included Women as Healers Art Exhibition, Cinco de Mayo Celebration:  Frida on Paper, The Legacy of Sojourner Truth, and Our Heritage Speaks Exhibit.  

Our Multicultural Festivals are well-known for their diversity of visual and performing arts.  All cultures are represented.  This year will mark the 8th anniversary of the SOJO Art Festival and the 2nd Annual Banana Festival.  A variety of hands-on activities are very popular with the many children who attend.  They delight in working with clay sculpture, batik fabric dying, painting, and so on; and it is not unusual that a child encounters his or her first exposure to an artistic medium here.

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