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MISSION, VISION, VALUES, AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT

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OUR MISSION

ADVANCING COMMUNITY THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE.

Note: The Arts Commission uses the word “community” to represent both the community of Sacramento County that it serves the residents, visitors, workers and children of Sacramento as well as the community of artists and arts organizations whose ideas, work and very presence enrich the larger community.

OUR VISION

WHAT WE WANT TO BE, BECOME AND BE KNOWN FOR

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Programs — A broad range of dynamic, responsive programs that support the arts, build community, and contribute to making the region a major cultural destination for citizens and visitors alike.

Funding — Dedicated, diverse and increased funding sources ranging from the public and private sectors, including fundraising and revenue generating activities.

Partnering — A dynamic partner in areas of economic and community development and advocacy. 

Outreach — Vigorously advancing awareness of the values and existence of arts opportunities in the region. Promoting inclusion and celebration of
diverse artists and artistic expressions in all initiatives.

Staff — A highly skilled, cross-trained, customer service and mission-oriented staff, with the resource capacity to handle the full workload and accomplish the mission of the agency.

Facilities — An accessible & versatile facility with city center location, gallery storefront and adequate meeting space for on-site programs.

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OUR CORE VALUES

THE ARTS COMMISSION BELIEVES IN...

The power of the arts to touch the mind and soul of the individual and collective whole. 

WE VALUE...

... the wealth in our community of artistic talent and commitment to continually strive for artistic excellence through exploration and advancement;

... the arts as a vital force for advancing economic opportunities and Sacramento’s livability quotient;

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... outreach to the widest and most diverse citizenry, including residents, cultural travelers, arts novices and veterans, and arts participants of all ages, neighborhoods, ethnicities and cultures;

... the vibrancy of a strong City-County partnership;

... a supportive and empowering environment and resource for artists and arts organizations;

... the tenets of inclusion, access, integrity, accountability, equity in all aspects of our agency’s programs and operations;

... the significance of our role as a local arts agency in the fiber of our community.

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OUR STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is committed to inclusivity and accessibility.  The Arts Commission respects and seeks to achieve diversity in its leadership, partnerships and programs.  The Arts Commission is committed to cultural equity. Read more (expand text)

Its goals will be achieved when:

  • All individuals and organizations that make up our region have fair access to the information, financial resources and opportunities vital to full cultural expression;
  • The opportunity to be represented in the development of arts policy and the distribution of arts resources;
  • When all the cultures are expressed in thriving, visible arts organizations of all sizes; and lastly,
  • When new institutions flourish whose programming reflects the experiences of historically underserved communities.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE

The Arts Commission is committed to inclusiveness and accessibility. The Arts Commission respects and seeks to achieve diversity in its leadership, partnerships and programs. The Arts Commission is committed to cultural equity. Read more (expand text)

Its goals will be achieved when all individuals and organizations that make up our region have fair access to the information, financial resources and opportunities vital to full cultural expression; and the opportunity to be represented in the development of arts policy and the distribution of arts resources; when all the cultures are expressed in thriving, visible, arts organizations of all sizes; and lastly, when new institutions flourish whose programming reflects the experiences of historically under served communities.

We strive to bring the highest level of customer service to the Artists and Arts Organizations of the region, the other agencies of government and industry, other departments within the City, and ultimately, the general public who are our most important customers.

We reach out to the arts community in all our programming. We notify artists and arts organizations about available art commissions, grant opportunities and available technical assistance thru advertisements, workshops, “Town Hall” meetings and “Brown Bag” lunch meetings. We strive for accessibility in all our programming. (Collapse text)

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." — Helen Keller

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Photo of child using glue

Photo of child using gluePhoto of painting by Alex Escalante, a woman sits at a cafe table with the shadow of a man in the foregroundStages Dancer Branna Rummery in a white and red dress balancing in a half-toe arabesqueBlues in the Schools youth participant playing the string bassGilbert, 'Magu' Lujan, 'Homie Walking The Dogs', 2000

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Two large birds flying off of the airport parking garage structure and the head of a third bird. The birds are made out of plexi-glass and steel.

Sacramento airport installation by artist Dennis Oppenheim