Sacramento Fine Arts Center

The Sacramento Fine Art Center's mission is to encourage the creation and presentation of original visual arts, to support the cultural life of the community, and to encourage all artists to fulfill their potential. Our vision is to maximize the synergy of artists working together across all ages, cultures, abilities, experience, and genres, and to expand the appreciation of art in our community.

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Address: 5330B Gibbons Dr
Carmichael, CA 95608
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Arts,Culture & Humanities 
Sub NTEE: Visual Arts 
Executive Director: Mary Hargrave
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-971-3713
The Sacramento Fine Arts Center (SFAC) was founded in 1986 when five regional art clubs joined together to find a place where they could meet and display their art. The clubs found their new home in the La Sierra Community Center located in Carmichael. Two of the original clubs, Northern California Arts (NCA) and Watercolor Artists of Sacramento Horizons (WASH) continue to constitute an invaluable part of the Center's life and programs, as does the much younger SFAC Photography Club. While originally envisioned as an umbrella organization for the five clubs, the Center today has moved far beyond that original role. In 2018, with a membership of over 300, SFAC will provide 16 shows in the larger galleries, and 12 in the smaller gallery. An average of 7 classes will be offered each week, as well as several workshops, and numerous opportunities for sharing art with Sacramento communities. In addition to three galleries, the Center has a large studio used for classes, workshops, and meetings. A gift shop provides opportunities for artists to sell their unique creations.
The Sacramento Fine Arts Center is funded by memberships, exhibit entry fees, studio rental to art teachers, gallery rental, art and gift shop sales, and donations. We have been successful in obtaining two grants and are investigating similar sources of funding for specific needs. However, a source of funding for our biggest need, hiring a full-time Executive Director, has eluded us so far. Other needs include facilities improvements, support for new and developing programs, technology, and underwriting a planning initiative..
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Other - Staff: Our highest priority for additional funding is to make it possible to hire a full-time Executive Director. Since its inception in 1986 the Sacramento Fine Arts Center has relied almost entirely on volunteers to create, manage, and execute an ever-increasing array of programs and services. While currently the Center now has three part-time staff, an Executive Director is needed to provide overall leadership to the Center's members, volunteers, and staff, and to work with the Board of Directors to secure additional resources to ensure financial sustainability. Funding need: $60,000
  2. Space: Office or Other - Expansion and remodeling of office space to accommodate a full-time Executive Director and three part-time staff and to improve access by the public to staff when seeking assistance. Funding need: $15,000
  3. Funding: Program - Funding is needed to ensure the continued success of our Art for Families Program, specifically to be able to pay modest stipends to the artists currently donating their time to lead each session. In addition, funding is need to assist in the development of a new teen oriented art group. Funding need: $1500, Art for Families, and $1000 for teen program.
  4. Technology - Funding is needed to replace three aging computers and to upgrade the Center's network. Funding need: $6,000
  5. Funding: Other - The Board of Directors is moving in the direction of beginning a major long-range planning process. Funding is needed to underwrite the costs of engaging an outside consultant and underwriting the costs of developing the plan. Funding needed: $5000
The Sacramento Fine Arts Center is a place of inspiration-led by a group of people dedicated to the creation and presentation of original visual art and creating opportunities for persons of all ages and cultures to develop their artistic potential and interests. We are blessed with a talented, committed group of volunteers who contribute thousands of hours each year and a proactive Board of Directors to guide us.

The Sacramento Fine Arts Center supports the cultural life of our community by providing excellent art exhibitions easily accessible to members of the Sacramento region, and a venue for artists to show and sell their work. All exhibits and Second Saturday receptions are open free to the general public. Receptions provide special opportunities not only for viewing the exhibits but also listening to live music featuring local musicians.

We encourage artists to fulfill their potential by providing quality classes, workshops, and learning opportunities for persons of all ages and cultures. The Center studio provides a comfortable, inviting setting for the many classes, workshops, and demonstrations which are held there throughout the year.

We contribute to our community each year by participating in various Carmichael and Sacramento events, such as the Carmichael annual Easter egg hunt and July 4th celebrations, and Sacramento Race for the Arts Festival. At each of these celebrations, we provide opportunities for children to engage in various art projects. Children and parents alike line up to create art.

Our goal for the future is to continue to build on the successes of our past and to expand services and opportunities to an even broader, more diverse group of aspiring artists wherever they may reside in the communities of Sacramento.

--Mary Hargrave, President