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Crocker Art Museum Receives Grant from Wells Fargo
to Support Art Education Programs
$250,000 Grant Increases Access to Art
for Low and Moderate Income Students
January 20, 2011 – Sacramento, Calif. – The Crocker Art Museum is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo to increase access to arts education for low and moderate income students in the Sacramento region. This is the second grant of $250,000 from Wells Fargo in support of the Museum's educational programming.
"Wells Fargo continues to be an invaluable partner in helping the Crocker fulfill its mission to serve the Sacramento community," said Lial A. Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman Director of the Crocker Art Museum. "These grants enable us to bring the arts to diverse young audiences and spark creativity throughout our region. Wells Fargo has shown an ongoing commitment to arts education and to the Crocker, and a deep understanding of the vital role the arts play in enhancing the life of our city."
Wells Fargo's support will enable Pre-K through 12th grade students from low and moderate income areas to participate in Museum program offerings as individuals or as part of school or community group. The Museum's educational programs serve more than 60,000 students and teachers annually from school districts across a six county region.
Wells Fargo has also helped fund "Striking Gold," an arts curriculum guide for 4th through 12th-grade educators, which uses artworks in the Museum's permanent collection to teach the California State Content Standards in history, science, language arts and visual and performing arts. More than 130 copies of "Striking Gold" have been distributed to educators in the region who have participated in workshops and educational programs presented by the Crocker.
The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, is one of the leading art institutions in California. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is "Pay What You Wish Sunday" sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.