Women's Wisdom Art

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$13,464 raised by 73 donors

34% complete

$40,000 Goal

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

Women's Wisdom Art operated as a program under the wing of The Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services from 2000 until 2012. Beginning in June of 2012, Women's Wisdom Art began operating as an independent non-profit corporation under the umbrella of Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), receiving additional small grants and depending mostly on private donors. 

Lead by the Founder and a small Board of Directors, Women's Wisdom Art became an independent 501(c)(3) in June 2015. The organization's participants currently include a diverse range of women from across a broad spectrum. They meet to write, create art, and practice yoga 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.

Giving Activity


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


* Funding to maintain studio space and increase capacity (i.e. rent, utilities and staffing).

* RT (Regional Transit) passes–full and half-day.

* Professional legal and financial expertise.

* Bookkeeping, accounting, and grant writing expertise.

* Fundraising and social media expertise.

* Quality art supplies.

* N95 masks for participants.

Equity Statement

Every person involved in our organization brings original perspectives and experiences to advance our mission to provide art, writing, and wellness programs for women.

Diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility practices are at the heart of our daily work as we strive to listen, learn, and respond.

Organization Data


Organization name

Women's Wisdom Art

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Health Care

Operating Budget


Organization Need

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

Demographics Served

Immigrants & refugees, Low-income individuals/families, Women/Female-identifying

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1029 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US


916 838 2981

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