Creative Arts League Outreach


Partnering within the community...

Creative Arts League is proud to partner with these four non-profit organizations to provide outreach efforts within our community.  We provide grants for art materials, in-house workshops, on-line classes, and Crocker Art Museum tours for disadvantaged youths.

Stanford Settlement

In February 2020, the Creative Arts League (CALS) board visited Stanford Settlement (Stanford) and voted to award an arts grant to facilitate Stanford’s work serving low income kids in the North Sacramento area. Shortly after our visit, Stanford had to close their center due to Covid-19; however, they set up virtual programs to stay connected with their kids. Our grant helped to provide craft project kits and in-home online art lessons.

In August, 2021, we provided funding for the painting of a mural on one of the gym walls. Local artist Samantha Inda-Quintero was chosen to engage the teens in the planning and creation of this beautiful mural over several months. Under her guidance, the teens worked together to create a mural with the theme, “Take a leap and discover you can fly!” Special thanks to former Stanford teen Robert Robbins for his generous donation of paint!

In August 2023, we provided funding for another painting of a mural in the garden leading to the senior center.

Stanford Settlement provides a variety of critical programs and services for the residents of the Gardenland/Northgate, North Sacramento, and Natomas communities. From after school groups and summer day camp programs for children, a teen center program for youth, a comprehensive senior center, plus emergency services, they cover all ages.

Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center is located at 450 West El Camino Ave, Sacramento.

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Mustard Seed

Beginning in 2017, the Creative Arts League (CALS) board has voted to grant Mustard Seed with an annual grant for art supplies, field trips to the Crocker Art Museum, and art workshops. In addition, we have provided funding for artist Shonna McDaniels to paint colorful murals on the outside of the classroom buildings.

With the onslaught of Covid, Mustard Seed staff were still able to provide art supplies and workshops. Part of our last grant was used for art supplies for the new outside playground and surrounding classrooms.

Due to safety concerns, CALS has put future grants on hold until the surrounding area can be better secured.

Mustard Seed is an emergency school providing a Montessori style quality education for children ages 3-15 in a safe, structured, and nurturing environment, while their families seek stable and permanent living situations. Students receive healthy weekday meals, backpacks filled with school supplies, clothes, survival supplies, counseling, health screenings, and access to routine and/or urgent health care.

Mustard Seed School is located within Loaves & Fishes at 1321 North C Street, Sacramento.

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SoJourner Truth

We began supporting the Sojourner Truth African American Museum (SoJo) in September 2000 by funding some of their weekly Youth Pop-Up Events.

We are pleased to announce that CALS Board has approved to sponsor SoJo’s annual visual art engagement program during 2024 with a grant of $7,200. Each week the museum staff puts together 300 themed art bags, each with different projects, along with a hot meal. The program consists of the Brown Paper Bag after school art programs on Friday evening, pop-ups during the week, and Second Saturday art programs. If students can’t make it to SoJo, parents are able to pick up the art materials, free of charge, and the students can connect with art instructors online.

The Sojourner Truth African American Museum celebrates, through art and historical documentation, both Black struggle and achievement throughout history in Sacramento, the U.S. and around the world. Artist Shonna McDaniels developed the museum with grants and donations over many years. The museum was designed to use art, much of it created locally, to educate the community and to revel in the rich contributions of Black entrepreneurs, architects, educators, artists, entertainers, sports figures, racial justice fighters and political leaders.

In addition to the murals and exhibits the museum offers tours, workshops and art experiences for student groups, as well as frequent events, including monthly Youth Pop-Up events, Second Sunday Family Days and Second Saturday with music, art tables, food and films.

SoJo is located inside the Florin Business Arts Complex – 2251 Florin Rd, Sacramento.

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Crocker Art Museum

CALS has sponsored and organized seventeen craft exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum over the last sixty years. The scope of each exhibition has been carefully considered and a variety of shows have been presented.

Nine juried shows have provided a showcase for aspiring young artists; five exhibitions have honored established artists with invitational one-person retrospectives. All exhibitions have been limited to artists living in California with the exception of California Crafts VI in 1969 when the area was widened to include artists working in the Pacific States of Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Jurors for the competitive shows have included some of the finest craft artists and craft authorities in the country.

In 1993 CALS established the Creative Arts League Endowment Fund with the Crocker Foundation. Distributions from that fund are restricted to acquisitions, exhibitions and education in the field of crafts. The Hubert A. Arnold Collection was shown for the California Crafts XVI Exhibition which ultimately resulted in Arnold donating his entire collection of 1,500 vessels to the Crocker. CALS was also instrumental in the exhibition of The Sydney Swidler Collection and subsequent donations. These major donations along with our CALS Endowment set the stage for a major curatorial area for study and research and a new ceramics wing at the Crocker.

CALS established a second endowment fund with the Crocker Foundation honoring Lois and David Warren for the significant contributions they have made to CALS over the span of 40 years.

The Creative Arts League collaborates annually with the Crocker Art Museum by hosting a three-day Crocker Holiday Artisan Market at Sacramento’s Scottish Rite Center delighting art lovers of all ages. Artisan booths are filled with juried works in glass, textiles, wood, ceramics, paper, photography, art jewelry, paintings and sculptures and families enjoy photos with Santa. Proceeds from the event support participating artists, Crocker Art Museum’s exhibitions and educational programs, and Creative Arts League of Sacramento’s arts outreach programs, low-cost art tours, and other important community programs.

CALS President Pam Trump, CALS Board Member Tricia Simms, Crocker Gift Shop Manager Sophia Bacting, Crocker Director of Marketing Kat Haro, Crocker Director & CEO Lial Jones, CALS Vice President/CFO Jean Schaffer, CALS Secretary Alex Ives, CALS Board Member Betty Kaneko, and Social Media Director Melani Grube presenting check from proceeds from 2023 Crocker Holiday Artisan Market.

In August 2023, the Creative Arts League (CALS) board voted to award an arts grant to facilitate the work of Women’s Wisdom Art to improve the well being of women.  

Women’s Wisdom Art has been in existence for over 30 years. The nonprofit is currently located in a Sacramento Promise Zone, (a historically disinvested community in urgent need of resources) at 1029 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Women’s Wisdom Art offers a wide array of free creative art, writing, and wellness workshops and events with programs planned in conversational ESL, basic computer literacy, and job search skills scheduled in 2024.  Free food, toiletries, and PPE supplies are available at the center, and free food, care kits and art kits are regularly distributed to passersby and at outreach events.

A message from their founder, Laura Ann Walton:

Why The Arts?  Art demands the involvement of the whole person: body, mind, emotions, imagination, spirit and, it requires unrelenting self-reflection and self-discipline.  No matter what her condition in life, level of education, degree of physical, emotional or mental health, any woman can participate in art, can assume the identity of “ARTIST.”  Engaging in art is the primary survival skill of the human spirit.

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The Rancho Cordova Arts Organization is a non-profit that is housed at The MACC (Mills Station Arts & Cultural Center).  The MACC opened its doors in 2018 and has become the arts center for exhibits by local artists, workshops, history displays, cultural demonstrations and much more.  Each year, the Rancho Cordova Arts Organization holds their annual fundraiser at The MACC called Micro Masterpieces with proceeds supporting Title One Schools and teachers’ classrooms with art supplies.  For the past couple of years, CALS has supported this project with grants to help make a significant difference in the lives of the teachers and their students.

The MACC is located at 10191 Mills Station Rd, Sacramento.  Cheryl Gleason is the President of the Rancho Cordova Arts Organization and the Art Director at the MACC.

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