Art Ark

The Crocker’s award-winning mobile education center is back on the road! Spots will fill up fast. If you are interested in having the Art Ark visit your school, please fill out the interest form and contact our School + Teacher Coordinator, Brittany Thurman via email: or phone:916-808-5499.

The Art Ark allows an entire school to examine the lives and art of North American artists, including some from the Sacramento region. Students build visual literacy skills as they discover how art can tell the stories of the diverse people who call this country home. Using the elements and framework of a story, American Narratives features artwork by artists who come from diverse times, cultures, and backgrounds. Their work and experiences are woven together to teach students the story of our nation as well as the importance of everyday moments in their own lives.

Cost varies based on length of stay and number of students served.

Not every story is told with words. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts includes literature and non-print text. Visual art is a powerful vehicle for communicating a story. Biographical, narrative, or historical paintings or artworks are great examples of non-print text that cross language barriers and are inclusive to multiple types of learners. American Narratives features a variety of narrative artworks, which students will learn to “read” as they learn through looking.

The Art Ark is sponsored in part by Mercy Medical Group, a service of Dignity Health Medical Foundation.


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