CLARA believes that the arts enrich lives — and access to quality arts education has the potential to transform a child’s future. In an unprecedented partnership, CLARA and her tenants provide in-school artist residencies, workshops, internships, tickets, scholarships for SCUSD students.

CLARA’s home at the historic Fremont School is possible thanks to an innovative partnership with Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD). The District has donated use of the building on a long-term lease; this allows our tenant organizations to pay drastically reduced rental and facilities costs — and the tenants pay forward their “rent” in the form of arts education programs for SCUSD students.

Over the course of our first year, we provided 1,820 SCUSD students with additional access and education in the performing arts.

In-School Residencies

  • GUITAR PROJECT, Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy
  • SAMBA & CAPOEIRA, Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange
  • IRISH DANCE, McKeever School of Irish Dance

Free and Discounted Tickets

  • 1,550 SCUSD students received tickets to Sacramento Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Peter Pan

Summer Camp

  • Two-week intensive summer program introduced students to 15 different performing arts disciplines

Thanks to fund support from Sacramento Region Community Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento County, and private donors like you, our programs continue to grow.

For the 2017-18 school year, we are excited to maximize our resources and increase our impact and student reach by focusing our programs on three targeted SCUSD schools. Students at these schools will receive 10-week artist residencies, school assemblies, interactive workshops, free tickets, and scholarship opportunities to attend classes at CLARA.

We anticipate serving at least 2,500 SCUSD students with over 2,000 hours of arts exposure and education outreach programs.