Women's Wisdom ART

Laura Ann Walton founded The Wisdom Project in 1991 as part of Maryhouse, a daytime hospitality shelter for homeless women and children. The program was designed as an art empowerment program for women overcoming poverty, homelessness, violence, and abuse. Over 3,000 women have benefited from Women's Wisdom ART (as the program is now known) since its inception.

Women's Wisdom ART operated under the wing of The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services from 2000 until 2012. Beginning in June of 2012, Women's Wisdom ART, comprised of a small Board of Directors and a large group of volunteers, began operating as a non-profit corporation under the umbrella of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), receiving additional small grants and depending mostly on private donors. Although most participants are on fixed incomes or have low paying jobs, many voluntarily contribute to help support the programs. Participants are also involved with community fund-raising events, including Race for the Arts and Big Day of Giving.

In June of 2016, Women's Wisdom ART became an independent 501(c)(3). The organization's participants currently include a diverse range of women from across a broad spectrum with two things in common: they are all women and artists or writers. They gather in the Women's Wisdom ART community to write and create art as a way to escape isolation, recover from illness or loss, forge new friendships, and transform their own lives and the lives of others in their families and communities.


Women's Wisdom ART improves women's lives and advocates for equity and justice through art, writing and wellness.


Program funding to hire a part time Program Director or Administrator to support program needs.

Our own large, accesible studio space near public transportation in a high need area.

Accounting, grant writing, administrative assistance, and social media expertise.

Professional legal and financial expertise, quality art supplies, laptop computer, large computer screen/monitor, printer ink and paper, comfortable desk chairs.

Internet access and video services.

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Women's Wisdom ART

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Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Technology, Volunteers


1723 25th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816



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