Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community


Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community serves as a regional incubator of the arts, education, culture, and community activities. As the voice of the neighborhood, SCNA actively participates in preserving the heritage of and enhancing the quality of life in the Curtis Park neighborhood and throughout Sacramento by operating the Sierra 2 Center and the included Senior Activity Center.

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Address: 2791 24th St
Sacramento, CA 95818
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Arts,Culture & Humanities 
Sub NTEE: Theater 
Executive Director: Terri Shettle
Contact Email: info@sierra2.org
Primary Phone: 916-452-3005
Website: http://www.sierra2.org
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community is a designated City of Sacramento historical building, constructed in 1923. It was saved from demolition in the early 80's by a group of Curtis Park neighbors who envisioned it to be the social and architectural centerpiece of the neighborhood. Today, it not only serves as the gathering place for residents of Curtis Park but is now also the place where people from throughout Sacramento come to learn, play, and explore through the many events, activities, and classes offered here. In addition to operating Sierra 2 Center for the Arts & Community, Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association serves as the voice for residents of the Curtis Park neighborhood, advocating to preserve, protect and promote the elements that make the historical neighborhood special. Examples include protection of heritage trees and wildlife, safety and crime prevention, environmental conservation, architecture, and building community.
Sierra 2 Center is a significant cultural resource in the community, serving people of all demographic segments. Performing arts are iconic to the offerings at the center through 24th Street Theatre and the three dance studios where actors, dancers and musicians come to practice and learn. Additionally, the center houses an Italian language center, a yoga center, a Senior Activity Center, culinary programs, and personal development studies and workshops. We are seeking funds to update and upgrade the amenities, equipment, and program infrastructure to continue building on our work.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding to renovate and update the 24th Street Theatre: stage flooring, seats, curtains, sound and house lighting are in need of replacement $150,000. Over the last 40 years the 24th Street Theater, truly a Center for the Performing Arts, has offered musicals, children's theatre, lectures, film screenings, comedy, drama, and experimental and original works by local authors. Built in 1929 (designed by Dean and Dean) our grand old gal needs an update. Performers in our community have rallied, organizing the following performances to help raise funds to replace the seats, carpet, stage, signage, and roof.
  2. Funding: Program - Funding to support Wellness Programs for the Senior Activity Center: $5000. This funding will be used to purchase supplies and equipment for the various classes as well as subsidize cost of instruction.
  3. Funding: Unrestricted - Urban Forestry Initiatives SCNA is committed to preserving and protecting the urban forestry that is instrumental to the character and quality of life in the Curtis Park neighborhood. Several initiatives within this focus require funding. The most critical at the moment is treatment the remaining sets of Elm trees in William Curtis Park to prevent them from contracting Dutch Elm Disease, which is devastating and highly contagious. The cycle of treatments cost $15,000. SCNA would like to pay for the next round of treatments and also take on other proactive projects that will aid in the health and proliferation of the urban forest in and around Curtis Park.
  4. Volunteers - Volunteer service time and expertise are needed to help us with the Senior Center operations, filming and editing for the My Story Project, and to assist with the theater renovation project.
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds are needed to assist with capital repair projects necessary to maintain and preserve the historic 40,000 square foot, 3 acre property. Roofing projects and replacement of significant portions of the flooring and HVAC systems will be required in the next two to three years, totaling $75,000-$100,000 or more.
Sierra 2 Center is a significant cultural resource in the community, serving people of all demographic segments. Performing arts are iconic to the offerings at the center through 24th Street Theatre and the three dance studios where actors, dancers and musicians come to practice and learn. Additionally, the center houses an Italian language center, a yoga center, a Senior Activity Center, culinary programs, and personal development studies and workshops. Through the work of SCNA, the community at large has a place to explore new activities and cultures, test their abilities, and host life events and celebrations. The community is stronger through SCNA's partnerships and collaboration with other nonprofit organizations.