The Crocker Art Museum’s mobile art center joins Block by Block in community-based services
(Sacramento, August 25, 2022) — After sitting dormant for nearly two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Art Ark returns, and its impact is expanding. The Museum’s 50-foot mobile art center now brings hands-on art experiences to Sacramento’s urban core.
Since its launch in 1980, the Art Ark has setup at public schools throughout the region to supplement arts education in the classroom. Over 200,000 students, representing multiple generations of Sacramentans, have benefited from Art Ark installations that explore universal issues and ideas through art.
This fall, the Art Ark will serve visitors of all ages, repurposed as a grassroots tool of Block by Block, the Museum’s longstanding community-based arts initiative. Over the next several months Art Ark takes up residence at four community hubs around Sacramento, showcasing our city’s rich and diverse cultural landscape with Sacramento Narratives, a hyper-local focused theme. Art activities, conversation prompts, and workshops help this mobile branch of the Museum carry our mission out into the community, providing engaging arts experiences for all.
Art Ark’s upcoming residencies include:
- Oak Park Community Center: August 26–September 19
- Leataata Floyd Elementary School: September 20–October 5
- Maple Neighborhood Center: October 10–November 22
- Valley Hi: November 28–December 19
The public can learn more about Art Ark and its upcoming locations, hours, and activities at: crockerart.org/artark. The Art Ark is open to the public at all four residency locations and is also accessible at the Crocker as the mobile art center sets up at the Museum from October 6–10.
The Art Ark’s reinvention is made possible in part thanks to the partnership and support of U. S. Bank who sponsored the relaunch, and Bank of America, which supports Block by Block. Additional support for these important community outreach efforts provided by the Teichert Foundation.