CLARA provides a home to nurture thriving arts organizations and deliver arts education to unleash the creative potential of our community. We do this in three ways:
CLARA launched the A.I.M. (Artists in Motion) Project. A.I.M. artists receive rehearsal space and workshop time at CLARA. In exchange, artists provides 10 hours of arts education in one of CLARA's partner schools that has limited access to the arts.
CLARA partnered with 916 Ink and CLARA tenant Capital Stage to bring students from Luther Burbank High School a poetry theater program. Students wrote poetry with a 916 Ink Wordslinger and then dramatized and staged their poems with Capital Stage teaching artist and director Gail Dartez.
CLARA collaborated with the Sacramento Ballet to provide local high school students with the tools to engage and appreciate live theater and dance. The program included a series of classroom workshops and interactive experiences, culminating with free tickets to the Ballet's production of Carmina Burana.
CLARA partnered with local advocacy organization Activism Articulated to host a series of events focused on providing queer artists of color with the space to create community and showcase their work. Events included cultural dance classes, maker markets, and Vogue Balls and dance parties.
CLARA is proud to be one of the first nonprofit organizations to participate in the Mayor Steinberg's Thousand Strong initiative. Through this partnership, we connect our arts organizations with student interns who gain real-world work experience and job skills while providing administrative support to our tenants.
CLARA hosted two summer camp sessions to students across Sacramento. Participants experienced 15 different kinds of performing arts, including capoeira, ukulele, modern dance and choral singing, culminating in a performance event.
We initiated a partnership with local art gallery Blue Line Arts, bringing a rotating display of original work by local artists in CLARA’s hallways. We are honored to provide local artists with additional opportunities to showcase and sell their work.
Two CLARA tenants, The Brazilian Center and McKeever School for Irish Dance, spotted each other from across the campus during the Wide Open Walls festival this August and launched into a spontaneous street performance.
CLARA and tenant began their second year of arts education programs in partnership with Hollywood Park Elementary. 100% of students are receiving 10 weeks of in-class residencies in the performing arts, representing all seven of CLARA’s performing arts & cultural tenants.
In keeping with CLARA’s mission to provide a sustainable home for the arts and deliver arts education to unleash the creative potential of our community, we adopted the “Declaration of Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning." By doing so, CLARA became a recognized CA Arts Equity Champion.
Heading into the holiday season, CLARA tenant Sac Prep Music Academy hit its stride while celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album release. More than 50 students, ages 10-18, performed at the Harris Center alongside local superstars Peter Petty, Kitty O’Neal, and Casey Lipka.
CLARA and Sacramento City Unified School District are working together closely to expand arts education programs in 2019. Stay tuned for details!
CLARA provides performing arts organizations with access to rehearsal, classroom, administrative and performance space at below-market rates.
We support individual performing artists in their craft by connecting them with resources including low-cost rehearsal space and teaching opportunities.
Building Sacramento’s next generation of arts supporters — and artists! — by bringing arts programs to the students and classrooms of Sacramento City Unified School District.
Join us in making an impact in Sacramento’s arts community by supporting individual artists, arts organizations, and our future generation of arts-minded individuals.
Here are some of the ways your contribution will directly benefit our arts community in Sacramento:
A gift of $25 will allow us to share highlights of our tenant’s work through rotating wall displays in the halls of CLARA.
A gift of $100 will bring a professional teaching artist to a class of 30 underserved youth so they can discover their creative potential.
A gift of $250 will facilitate an artist residency by providing a month of rehearsal space in our auditorium for local artists to create and refine new artistic works.
With your help we can continue to build a community where art flourishes. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support.