We have been honored to work with, as clients and partners, several amazing community organizations that are participating in Big Day Of Giving 2014 (#givebigdog, #DonateArts). One of the most remarkable of these is the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum.
The Sojourner Truth Museum and its sister organizations, SoJoArts and National Academic Youth Corps, have been serving the youth and young adults of South Sacramento and beyond since 1992. Since obtaining its 501(c)(3) incorporation in 2002, this organization has served tens of thousands of area youth with arts education, cultural awareness and health and wellness programs and activities. This is the group of artist-volunteers that travels to area community festivals and arts fairs to create the interactive “mobile murals.” The walls of their site at 2251 Florin Road are covered with community-created murals depicting faces and symbols of the many diverse cultures that grace our Sacramento region.
Early in my relationship with this group, I was fortunate enough to attend (and to end up helping with) a weekly after-school program for “tween”-age girls held at the Phoenix Park Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center. During the course of the program, the girls chose among several different crafts to create products, then, with adult guidance, created business plans to market and sell the products at area community events. On the day I visited, groups of girls were working in different craft areas, knitting scarves and purses, latch-hooking potholders, or making beaded jewelry. There was a little fun and girl silliness going on here and there, but these young women were productive and for the most part enthusiastic about their individual projects. And learning lots of important life lessons—the joy and empowerment of creating something beautiful with one’s own hands; that some skills, like knitting, may be hard at first, but patience and perseverance pay off in the long run; and that in order to have a profitable business one has to consider cost of materials, product price and a sales strategy. (I’m still working on some of those lessons, even at my age!)
Our WriteAway team is so proud of Sojourner Truth Museum and the way it has grown even in the short time we have been working with them. Last year we helped them get the word out about their annual Sacramento Banana Festival, which is one of the primary sources of funding support for the museum and all its programs vente libre viagra belgique. We’re onboard again this year for the 5th Annual Sacramento Banana Festival, August 9 and 10, at William Land Park (http://www.sacbananafestival.com/). Lots of interactive fun for all ages, live entertainment, dancing, cultural and arts exhibits, and last but not least, banana pudding, banana bread, banana salsa, banana splits, banana pies, banana… well, you get the idea! We hope to see you there!
Today we were thrilled that Sojourner Truth Museum won the Big Day Of Giving First Gift Arts challenge, winning a $1,500 prize for being the first arts organization to post a donation at 12:00 a.m. today.
This organization does so much good with so little resources. We know many deserving organizations are asking for your help today. I can tell you from my own experience that any donation you are able to make to the Sojourner Truth Museum will be a valuable investment in the future of our community. Please help if you can: http://givelocalnow.org