Sacramento, Calif. – February 5, 2018 – This February, the Crocker Art Museum is celebrating Black History Month by inviting all members of the community to connect more deeply with African American culture at a FREE family festival on February 18. The celebration features live music, performances and the unveiling of two new exhibitions featuring prominent African American artists.

Said the Museum's Executive Director and CEO, Lial Jones, “Art has the power to bring people together, and connect them in ways they aren’t always able to predict. The artists in these exhibitions have a history of doing just that, so it’s natural for us to take inspiration from them. We are proud to take the lead in our community as we host a one-of-a-kind celebration that honors cultural contributions by African Americans.

The Crocker is known for programs that build and strengthen community through art. To further this mission, the Museum hosts several free festivals each year, which take inspiration from the Museum’s vast and diverse permanent collection. At each festival, Museum educators curate a program of live performances, hands-on activities, art tours, mini talks, maker activities, marketplaces, and a variety of immersive experiences that engage, connect, and inspire. These rich cultural celebrations bring the community together, fostering pride, education, and connection.

While the Crocker has lead the celebration of Black History Month in Sacramento for the past several years, two exhibition openings in 2018 have made this year’s festival an even greater occasion. Opening on February 18 is Faith Ringgold: An American Artist. In this exhibition, the Crocker brings to Sacramento more than 40 works by an iconic African American artist known for her story quilts, one of which inspired the artist’s award-winning children’s book “Tar Beach”. Also opening February 18 is Hopes Springing High: Gifts of Art by African American Artists. This exhibition, which takes its name from a line in Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise”, marks the debut of more than 20 artworks promised to the Crocker Art Museum’s permanent collection. Among them are works by the most significant African American artists working in the United States today, including Betye and Alison Saar, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. Visitors will be treated to works by pillars of the Harlem Renaissance, including Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Hale Woodroof, and James Van der Zee, as well as regional gems Milton Bowens and Richard Mayhew.

To honor the strength and resiliency of African Americans, the Crocker is again hosting its annual Black History Month Celebration: A FREE Family Festival, which will be presented in collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum.

Black History Month Celebration: A FREE Family Festival
February 18, 2018 (Sunday)
12 – 4 p.m.
Crocker Art Museum, 216 O Street, downtown Sacramento
FREE for everyone
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Activities will include:

  • Explosive beats by Grant High School’s renowned drumline
  • Drama performance by Celebration Arts
  • “Baby, that’s Jazz” presentation exploring African American musical roots and legacy, featuring the teenage jazz phenom Larriah Jackson
  • Special gallery tours of Faith Ringgold: An American Artist and Hopes Springing High: Gifts by African American Artists
  • Mini-talks and live painting exploring AfroFuturism, inspired by the history-making Black Panther film, with official movie poster giveaways
  • Sacramento’s unique Black and Beautiful Community Marketplace, showcasing the wares of local artisans, craftspeople, and services provided by community groups
  • Hands-on art activities for visitors of all ages, presented by Sisters Quilting Guild and Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum

This event is a passion project of the Crocker's director of education, Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, who says:
“The Crocker’s Black History Month Celebration is always full of wonderful moments and talented artists, and with this year’s lineup, it’s going to be very special given that we have two shows opening featuring amazing African American artists. The event and the exhibitions truly demonstrate the richness and diversity of African American contributions to the art and culture of the United States. Our performers and partners have wonderful surprises planned, and I cannot wait!”

To arrange a conversation with Ms. Shelnut-Hendrick or anyone involved with this cultural celebration, or to arrange for media access during the event, call (916)808-1867 or email


The Crocker Art Museum’s mission is to promote an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art.

About the Crocker Art Museum
Accredited with the American Alliance of Museums for characteristics of excellence, the Crocker Art Museum features the world’s foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. The Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art and holds permanent collections of Californian, European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art, works on paper, ceramics, and photography. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, children’s activities, and more. The Museum has also dedicated the historic building’s entire first floor as an education center, which includes four classrooms, space for student and community exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library, and Tot Land.

Hours & Admission
Museum hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 AM – 9 PM on Thursdays. General admission is free for Crocker members, Adults $10, Seniors and College Students $8, Youth (7-17) $5, and Children 6 and under are free. Every third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday", sponsored by Western Health Advantage.

Location & Parking
The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in downtown Sacramento. The Museum is accessible by Light Rail with stops close by at 8th & O and 8th & K streets. Bike racks are located in Crocker Park, across the street from the Museum’s front door. Ample parking is available within walking distance including street parking, parking lots, and public garages.

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