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Monday-Thursday: 9am-12 Noon & 2pm-4pm. 
Closed Friday.

We kindly request you call or drop by our office during these hours only.

Our office has limited public access. If you'd like to drop by during our office hours, please call an Arts Commission staff person to let them know you are coming so that you can be granted access. Meetings will be held by appointment with staff.

For more information, please call us at (916) 808-3992. Thank you for your understanding.

Please address all general inquiries to:

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission
1030 15th Street, Suite 240
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel. (916) 808-3992
Fax (916) 808-3996




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Shelly Willis
Executive Director
Director of Friends of the Arts Commission,
Art in Public Places Director
Email Shelly Willis
(916) 808-3971

Shelly Willis directs the City and County of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places Program.  The program most recently had oversight of the development of the Sacramento International Airport public art program, an 8 million dollar project and the largest public art project in the County’s history.  Willis came to Sacramento after six years of managing the University of Minnesota public art program where she directed the development and installation of temporary and permanent public artworks on campus throughout the University of Minnesota system.  She developed a public art minor program at the University, the first program of its kind in the United States, and taught courses in public art in the Department of Urban Studies and the Department of Landscape Architecture.  Among other writings, her essay on the state of public art education in the United States was published by Americans for the Arts in the book titled Public Art by the Book, edited by Barbara Goldstein.  Willis is co-editor of the book, Public Art Practice, published by Routledge New York in the spring of 2008.  Willis came to Minnesota in October 1999 after 10 years managing visual arts programming for the City of Fairfield, California.  She founded and directed the city gallery and the city’s public art program, with an emphasis on exploring community identity through temporary and permanent public artworks and exhibitions.  She received undergraduate degrees in art history and business administration from California State University, Chico.  Willis is on the advisory board of FORECAST, Public Artworks, a St. Paul non-profit organization that publishes Public Art Review, and supports and advocates for public art nationally.   She is the curator of Columbus 2012, a temporary public art project involving 56 artists and 15 major works of public art launched in Columbus, Ohio on January 1, 2012.


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Erika Boardman Kraft
Arts Education Coordinator

Email Erika Boardman Kraft
(916) 808-3983

Erika Boardman Kraft joined the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission in 2005 with over 30 years of experience in performing arts, arts education and non-profit arts administration.  She was charged with redesigning SMAC’s arts education program and has built it into a dynamic integrated system of professional development, model programs for schools and community organizations, and career opportunities for teaching artists.   In Massachusetts, she co-founded a performing arts center and music school, building it into a regional institution serving 50 cities and towns.  Erika continues to perform as a pianist and has served on piano faculties in college, studio and music school settings for 30 years. For eleven years she performed throughout New England with Montage Chamber Singers, a professional a capella chamber group she founded. Ms. Kraft has an M.S. in Community Development through the Arts from UC Davis, a B.M. in Music Therapy from University of the Pacific, and completed the work for a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin.  


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Anja Aulenbacher
Grants & Cultural Programs Coordinator

Email Anja Aulenbacher
(916) 808-3986

Anja is the Grants and Cultural Programs Coordinator at the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.  She oversees the Cultural Arts Awards, the Commission’s premier grant program and the Sacramento Poet Laureate program among others.  In addition, Anja oversees research projects and web-based programs for the Arts Commission; most recently participating in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV and the Local Arts Index for Sacramento County.  Anja also played a key role in moving all of the Arts Commission’s grant programs and applications online.  Anja joined the Arts Commission in 2005, coming from a local TV station where she worked on the production crew.  Anja earned a BA from California Lutheran University.


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Laura Norman
Arts Program Associate

Email Laura Norman
(916) 808-3979

Laura Norman has been an Arts Program Associate with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission since 2007, serving first in Grants and Cultural Programs and currently in Arts Education. Prior, she worked with children and families, both as a Case Manager for a publicly funded childcare subsidy program and as a Head Start preschool teacher. Laura has two BAs from Humboldt State University, one in Studio Art and the other in Sociology.


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Debra Waltman
Administrative Analyst

Debra Waltman

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Leslie Oldridge
Senior Personnel Transaction Coordinator

Leslie Oldridge

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Employment Opportunities with the Arts Commission
The people who comprise the staff of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission are dedicated employees of the City of Sacramento. Openings for staff positions are posted, and applications handled, by City of Sacramento Human Resources department at (916) 808-5726. Job postings for the entire City can be viewed on the City website.

Volunteer Opportunities with the Arts Commission
The City of Sacramento welcomes volunteers to help provide services and programs to its citizens. Visit the City's volunteers website.

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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