"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. 

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