"Community-Committee", of "Correctional Officers" and "Cultural Creatives"

"Art is Business" Press Release Shonna McDaniel's, Executive Director, sojomuseum@gmail.com,  [916-320-9573], William McDaniel's Board President NAYC & Andre Morris Foundation.

Awarded California Arts Council JUMP StArts


National Academic Youth Corps Inc. DBA Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum Awarded California Arts Council JUMP StArts Grant State funds support. With support from the California Arts Council, the National Academic Youth Corps, DBA, the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, and Andre Morris Foundation, collectively as a "Community-Committee, of Correctional officers and Cultural Creatives," will use the arts as a Catalyst for BIPOC youth to transitioning successfully through the justice system.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $45,000 to National Academic Youth Corps Inc. DBA Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum as part of its JUMP StArts program in its first round of funding for 2022.

Our parent organization, National Academic Youth Corps Inc, has been actively involved with youth and young adults in the South Sacramento area since 1996 when it developed numerous creative arts programs and programs on literacy. Its purpose was to enable youth from culturally diverse backgrounds to stretch their minds and imaginations and provide a safe environment that stimulates creativity, promotes healthy lifestyles, and develops social skills.

Our joint goals are addressing system-engaged/affected youth who have been racially profiled, arrested, or on probation; and serving court-appointed education. Our project design is to help them navigate and transition to court-appointed anger management education and how to appear in their case review.

National Academic Youth Corps Inc. DBA Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, with grant awards for its Cycle A programming totaling more than $31 million across more than 1,100 grants supporting nonprofit organizations and units of government throughout the state. The dollar amount is the most significant annual investment in the California Arts Council's 46-year history. 



"We are elated today to be able to say that, with this first round of funds, we are placing a historic amount of money into the very worthy hands of California's arts and cultural workforce—and with more yet to come," said California Arts Council Chair Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez. 

"We have long since understood the value of our artists in this state. We are incredibly grateful to our Governor and our Legislature for their support and share a like-minded vision for a California where all people flourish with access to and participation in the arts."

Organizations were awarded grants across seven different program areas within Cycle A. They focused on the CAC's efforts to address geographic equity, enable autonomy and sustainability for smaller organizations, and grow the strength of local arts agencies and their partnerships.

To view a complete listing of all California Arts Council grantees by county, visit this link. For a complete listing of grantees by the organization, go to this link.

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National Academic Youth Corps DBA Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum (SOJO) offers programs and services that educate youth, families, and the community about diversity, inclusion, and history by engaging them in hands-on art-making, cultural opportunities, and educational experiences. Our mission is to open minds and change lives by exploring and celebrating African American history, experiences, and culture through art, wellness education, and outreach.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Through grants, initiatives, and services, it supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.
Members of the California Arts Council include Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Gerald Clarke, Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Ellen Gavin, Alex Israel, Phil Mercado, and Roxanne Messina Captor. 

Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit https://arts.ca.gov/about/about-us/language-communications-assistance.

Museum Grants to Support African American History and Culture

"Art is Business" Contact: Shonna McDaniel's, sojomuseum@gmail.com, [916-320-9573] 
 

$3.9 Million in Museum Grants to Support African American History and Culture Federal Investments Generate Over $3 Million in Matching Funds Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced  awards totaling $3,970,069 in Museum Grants for African American History and Culture  (AAHC). The 33 grantees will match these awards with an additional $3,686,498 in non-federal funds. A total of 46 organizations requested grants totaling $5,919,809.

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture support activities that build 
the capacity of African American museums and support the growth and development of 
museum professionals at African American museums.

"It has never been more important for us, the IMLS, the museum world, and all-American
citizens to understand the extraordinary richness of our culture and heritage," said IMLS 
Director Crosby Kemper. "The grants we make with this announcement in the field of 
African American History and Culture are a profound and persuasive indication of that 
and we are proud to support these great programs across the country."

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced a 
the grant award of $48,702 to Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum to build 
organizational capacity to support an expanded the Resource and Media Center by 
providing professional development training for museum staff, artists, facilitators, and 
volunteers. Professional development programs will focus on areas of digital 
technology, collections stewardship, and evaluation.



Our parent organization, National Academic Youth Corps Inc, has been actively involved 
with youth and young adults in the South Sacramento area since 1996, when it 
developed numerous creative arts programs, programs on literacy, its purpose was to 
enable youth from culturally diverse backgrounds to stretch their minds and 
imaginations and provide a safe environment that stimulates creativity and promotes 
healthy lifestyles, and develops social skills. 


Saba and  Urban Sunshine, learning installation and assisting curators.



The program goal/project category that the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum (SOJO)  and associated objective address Goal #1 Campion Lifelong Learning and Advance Shared Knowledge. FY 2022, the museum will focus on the training and professional development of its newly-formed museum staff, docents, and volunteers. The activities include a six-month professional development plan with courses on museum stewardship, bringing experts from the field of library and museum services to conduct workshops on archiving collections, public speaking, presentation, and how to design and implement an effective evaluation tool.

Project Director: Shonna Reshell McDaniels 
Grant Administrator: Daphne Burgess-Bowens
Authorizing Official: Alpha M. Bruton




Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour 2022- WE ARE BACK!

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Join us for a fun and lively introduction to our  Bronzeville Art District 2022 Trolley Tour, designed to bring people together so you can create experiences everyone will be talking about.

The Bronzeville Art District Trolley Tour celebrates 16 years of excellence with art and culture in the community. Our mission is to provide artistic offerings at Bronzeville's fine art galleries and expose patrons to the rich culture and history of the community.

Open to the public, free admission! Take a tour and explore 5 art galleries and the art studios in the Bronzeville Artist Lofts or participate in the Art Crawl to our participating galleries located in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood.

Bronzeville art galleries will have fine art on exhibit and purchase, with live entertainment.