Friends of Sacramento Arts

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$13,091 raised by 45 donors

52% complete

$25,000 Goal

In 2018, following the completion of the Creative Edge Culture Plan, Friends was established in order to take a lead role in the number one goal of the Culture Plan - arts education. The Arts Education goal is to ensure that every PreK-12th grade child in Sacramento County public schools experiences the arts as a patron and a participant. Friends of Sacramento Arts, along with an Arts Education Consortium, are committed to be the leaders in funding the arts education initiative. The Arts Education Consortium is comprised of the Mayor's office, City of Sacramento's Office of Arts and Culture, Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Sacramento County Office of Education, and the thirteen Sacramento County school districts.

Our Vision:  Arts Every Day for Every Child in Every School

Our Goals: 

1. Ensure sustainable, unrestricted annual funding from a diversity of sources and methods

2. Create and operationalize FOSA’s brand as a leader in arts education advocacy

3. Fund in-school programs in cooperation with SCOE and other partners

4. Engage and empower board members in recruitment and engagement.

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Friends of Sacramento Arts will ensure equitable access to comprehensive arts education in K-12 public schools


Strategic – We make decisions based on our mission, vision and values.

Collaborative – We build meaningful partnerships with allied individuals and organizations to maximize mission fulfillment.

Equitable – We work to reduce the current documented inequities in the provision of arts education.

Transformative– We choose endeavors that focus on the positive, life-changing power of the arts in public schools.

Inclusive – We create and integrate intentional belonging in all endeavors, both internal and external.


Ensuring arts education every day for every child in every school requires 1) advocacy efforts to change the funding allocation for the arts and make systemic changes in k-12 public education; and 2) funding arts teachers and arts education programs.

In 2023-24, Friends of Sacramento Arts needs philanthropic support to:

1. PROPOSITION 28 IMPLEMENTATION: Work with the statewide education leaders, the local leaders in the 14 K-12 public school districts in Sacramento County and the arts community to facilitate equitable distribution of funds from Proposition 28, the Arts and Music in Schools fund approved on the November 2022 ballot.

2. HEALTHY HEARTS AND MINDS PROGRAM: Launched in 2020, during the pandemic, this program links mental health professionals with teaching artists and mentors to address the social-emotional needs of students after being socially isolated during the pandemic. An intensive 30-week program is provided to students at local schools. Funds for this provide the staff and coordination.

3) HEROES OF ARTS EDUCATION: on March 16, 2023, Friends is launching this annual event to recognize and honor arts teachers and artists who are making an impact in the lives of school children through arts education. The honorees will be from the 14 Sacramento County school districts. The event will also highlight school children and groups presenting their art form through music, dance, theater, spoken word and fine arts.

4) CREATIVE SCHOOLS FUND: Schools in the Sacramento City Unified District and Twin Rivers Unified School District are eligible for $1,000 grants as a result of their participation in Artlook - an online database program that tracks both arts education in each school and linkage to organizations and artists available for arts education in their schools.

With your generous support, Friends of Sacramento Arts will fulfill these goals in 2023-24 to serve the 250,000 Sacramento County k-12 students.

Organization Data


Organization name

Friends of Sacramento Arts

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted

Demographics Served

Youth & Children, Low-income individuals/families, General population

Counties Served



2111 J Street #235
Sacramento, CA 95816

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US



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