Block by Block is an initiative of the Crocker Art Museum that is focused on Sacramento City Districts 2 (North Sacramento), 5 (Oak Park and surrounding areas), and 8 (South Sacramento). This project is funded by the James Irvine Foundation and partnered with the Sol Collective and Sojourner Truth Museum.
How does it work?
Through community engagement and active participation, we are celebrating existing neighborhood-based arts experiences and introducing new experiences at community centers, parks, schools, etc., the Crocker is promoting rich cross sector collaborations. It is our hope to make lasting connections among people and ideas that offer a sense of livability, social connection, and place-making through the arts.
What is Social Practice Art?
Social Practice art is defined by the Block by Block initiative as "Creative work that challenges formal notions of art, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement while enriching everyday life."
What is the Art + Impact Workshop Series?
Art + Impact is a free workshops series that gives Sacramento artists the opportunity to explore the principles of Social Practice Art through experimentation and guidance from leading artists in the field.
Artists who participate in three or more workshops are invited to submit a proposal for a community art initiative.
What will the block parties look like?
There will be a total of three community based festivals in the form of block parties, one in each district of focus. Each block party will highlight the neighborhoods in those districts. They will included food, music, performances, vendors, resources, artist-designed interactive art-making experiences, both traditional and contemporary arts and more.
How can I get involved?
The Block by Block team is looking for: ideas, participants, collaborators, partners, artists, vendors, and volunteers.