Natomas Garden & Arts Collective

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The Natomas Garden and Arts Collective, Inc. (aka "NGAC", formerly known as the "The Natomas Garden and Arts Club") is a nonprofit public benefit corporation formed by residents of Natomas in 2017 and incorporated July 2018. In 2022 the NGAC has continued to work towards our main goal to build a permanent Garden & Arts Center and Public Art Gallery at the former fire station, located at 1591 Newborough Drive and Truxel Road in South Natomas. We have finalized our design specifications for the interior retrofit, the City is now taking bids for the work. The renovation should start this Spring 2023, with doors opening by 2024. This has been a long, arduous journey, and we thank all our supporters who have walked this road with us! In late 2022 the City of Sacramento and the NGAC began drafting an Occupancy Agreement for the property surrounding the building at 1591 Newborough Drive. With this document in place, we can start the landscaping projects we have been planning for so many years!

Thank you to our supporters and to the Board for patiently wading through the hard, dreary minutia of 1591 Newborough Dr.municipal planning. Throughout the tedium of planning, meeting, reviewing, and revising, The Natomas Garden & Arts Collective has thrived by continuing to expand our community networks, by strengthening our internal infrastructure, and by expanding and adapting our meaningful programming. As our name change implies, we have recognized, and we are trying to emphasize the important future civic and cultural role of our organization as administrators of the new Natomas Garden & Arts Center and Gallery. We are increasing and facilitating committee and volunteer activity, as well as providing professional training and opportunities for our growing Board of Directors. 

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 We participated, as always, in Chalk It Up to Sacramento! In 2022 we braved the heat to create a joyous International Cuisine Chalk Art Festival at our soon-to-be gallery location. This festival aligned with our second art show on the exterior of 1591 Newborough Drive. In Spring, we celebrated our dedication to pollinators with an art show themed, "My Butterfly Journey Home". Our artists shared their own ethnic and cultural experience through the butterfly metaphor of migration and metamorphosis. Our Chalk Art Festival theme, "International Cuisine" was chosen to continue the celebration of our richly diverse community and at the same time promote our plans to install an International Cuisine Demonstration Garden next year.

We have continued to coordinate with volunteers to do regular workdays at the Ninos Community Garden, the Ninos Pollinator Garden, and have introduced ourselves to our Ninos neighbors at the International Garden of Many Colors. This year, with a $23,000 Shine Award from SMUD and contributions of money, goods and time from our community totaling over $20,000, the NGAC and our Community Partners established the Grassland Garden on the Ninos Parkway at Edmonton Drive. This new community resource, a 1/4-acre pollinator habitat, adjacent to Rio Tierra Jr, High and Hazel Strauch Elementary School will serve as an outdoor classroom for students and neighbors alike. Grasslands are excellent carbon sequesters and provide much needed habitat for pollinators like butterflies and bees. We will be celebrating the project this Spring when the interpretive signage is installed. These carefully designed signs beautifully illustrate the flora and fauna (and b

As we have since 2020, we continue to engage our members with monthly zoom presentations on a variety of community, art, and gardening topics shared by our inspirational friends and networks. As much as possible, we have gingerly restarted our in-person teen art and garden activities. These supplement the zoom meetings we hold and the series of You-Tube Videos we have created and made publicly available for instructional and educational purposes.

Inspiration Station Zoom Open Studio

We have broadened our programming to expand opportunities for local artists to show and sell their work. It is also our priority to develop other ways to pay our local creatives. In October, we hosted a Día De Los Muertos Workshop which was a wonderful success. This workshop was the first of many local creatives, artists, and gardeners will be paid by our organization in the years to come. Dia De Los Muertos Event Flyer


We loYoung Artists Outside the South Natomas Community Center & Libraryok forward to opening our new facility, where we can do paint 'n sip or make 'n take get-togethers, both inside our facility, or in the recesses of our beautifully landscaped gardens. We will soon enjoy art show openings at our (indoor) Gallery, and host poetry readings, spoken word, and acoustic music presentations in a great new space. 

Proposed Site Development 
1591 Newborough Dr.

It is a tribute to you, our supporters, for keeping aloft the vision of a thriving Garden & Arts facility. THANK YOU!



The mission of the Natomas Garden & Arts Collective (previously known as the Natomas Garden & Arts Club) is to connect and enrich our community through gardening and the arts. We achieve our mission by nurturing and promoting the talents of our community, and by increasing both the independence and inter-connectedness of our residents. We serve the underrepresented and represent the underserved. It is the purpose of the Natomas Garden & Arts Club to coordinate resources and support the Community's efforts to create gardens and artworks that inspire, educate, and nourish.


The Natomas Garden & Arts Collective (formerly the Natomas Garden & Arts Club) is doing a great job expanding our outreach and membership. We are always looking for new members who want to help give voice to underrepresented sectors of our community. We, the NGAC, want our service mission and our organizational priorities to reflect those of our neighbors, families, and friends here in Natomas. We love enthusiastic people ready to share and breathe life into fascinating ideas. We need artists and creatives in any and all media, including music, written, and spoken word. This year we are seeking creative individuals who wish to share the narrative of their authentic, personal cultural experience. We also need gardeners and environmentalists able to take on environmental justice and livability issues facing our community in creative and innovative ways. Having built a new 1/4-acre pollinator habitat in 2022, we are looking for community members interested in maintaining this outdoor laboratory.

A source of unrestricted funds would allow us more flexibility as we build or organization and expand our programming. In 2023 we hope to begin team building, engaging a paid Administrative Director and Media and Marketing Team Lead. These two paid positions, plus paid accounting services, will allow us to expand our fundraising and grant-writing, thereby expanding the services and programming we provide to our community.

When the City makes the building structure available to us in late 2023 or early 2024, we will inherit a shell, empty of furnishings, but full of potential! The Natomas Garden & Arts Collective plans to install a public art gallery, meeting spaces, workspaces, and reception areas for which we will eventually need interior furnishings, lighting, and décor. We hope to use wood slabs from the Sac Tree Foundation for table and counter tops, and other unique elements from our local creative partners.

As a start-up organization, we will need office equipment for administration, planning, and marketing. We will need computers, phones, security, lighting, and a surveillance system. We are looking for industry sponsorships and donations from mission aligned companies for as many of our material needs as possible. We hope to use local contractors and suppliers so as to further support our community.

Starting from scratch, we have many material needs. Luckily, because of the nature and culture of our organization, we have abundant skilled labor and imagination to supplement generously donated or sponsored raw materials. We are hoping to hold design, construction, and maintenance workshops to create learning opportunities as we create our space. We will be able to generate many of the items we will need while providing a teachable experience for community members. At the same time, we will also be creating treasured items of beauty and meaning for our Community At & Garden Center and Gallery.

We will, however, need both hand tools and larger tools to accomplish this vision. If possible, we are very interested in finding carbon neutral options for our needs. One of our main goals is to get a community stump grinder to help homeowners and the Sac Tree Foundation's urban greening project. We will need an electric mower, blower, weed eater, and tiller for continued landscaping projects at our new site.

Equity Statement

We humbly commit to serve all members of our community with equal dignity and respect. We commit to actively seek opportunities to learn, teach, share, and celebrate the unique, authentic personal and cultural experiences of all our neighbors and friends. We recognize and commit to work to rectify the generational effects of institutionalized prejudice, privilege, and disparity.

Organization Data


Organization name

Natomas Garden & Arts Collective

other names

Natomas Garden & Arts Club, NGAC

Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Board Members, Funding: Unrestricted, In-Kind Donations, Technology, Funding: Other

Demographics Served

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

BIPOC Leadership

Both the Executive Director & Board Chair

Local Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


1500 W EL CAMINO AVE. STE 13, BOX #261

Service areas

Sacramento, CA, US, 95833

Sacramento, CA, US, 95834

Sacramento, CA, US, 95835

Sacramento, CA, US, 95837

Sacramento, CA, US, 95815



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