A Call to Action: Support Sojourner Truth Museum

A Call to Action: Sojourner Truth African American Heritage Museum launches its Social Impact Fundraiser

 Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum (SOJO) has launched a GoFundMe to support our social impact programming. During this era of social unrest, the Museum has adapted and responded to the needs of the communities we serve in innovative ways. But lack of funding support has, at times, left us without resources to expand and build capacity. With your help, however, we will be able to continue serving during this time when cultural engagement is needed the most.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sojourner Truth, African Heritage Museum, is to foster personal and civic well-being in our community through fine, applied, and performing arts. We believe that the desire to experience and participate in creativity is essential to optimum human expression and development.


Why Should You Donate To This Fundraiser Today?

 Art is a resource that can help people think outside of the box when addressing societal challenges. The recent pandemic has only compounded the community that we serve faces obstacles stemming from inequities in many forms and the lack of access to sustainable funding for programs. The COVID-19 crisis is forever changing how we interact and how we offer programs that are meant to:
foster emotional growth, relationship building, and skill development
increase access to cultural arts and job opportunities
enhance community livability and wellness 

Changing the Narrative    

We are asking our donors to consider a spend-down approach and return wealth to communities through resourcing activists, artists, and cultural workers. They are creating social, economic, political, and cultural change. Supporting the work that the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum continues to do during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is crucial, and will help to uplift our community and other art institutions.

During the pandemic, the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum closed its doors to the public. The March Shelter in Place order forced us to ask the question, “What can we do to let our neighbors know that we understand the need for social engagement even though our doors are closed?”

SOJO answered that question by: 

Launching a virtual pop up Museum and providing free Art-in the-Bag materials for youth and parents to participate in our online ZOOM classes. 
Enlisting the help of seniors and local artists in the community to teach online courses.
Referred over 300 community seniors to sign up for the City of Sacramento free senior meal program.  
Preparing catered hot meals and delivering them to our neighboring seniors.  
Through our inter-generational programming, the Museum has a history of contracting senior artists (50 +) to facilitate workshops, and to engage senior populations in activities with youth. The food program was another way to engage elders and fill the need for interaction and provide healthy meals. 

 Who we are and what we do:

The Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum is a collective of visual artists, muralists, senior crafters, performers, entrepreneurs, and youth creatives. Created in 1996, SOJO became a beacon in the South Sacramento area by providing culturally focused art and education through exhibitions, hands-on art activities, mural training apprenticeship, and a host of other services including workshops, pop up events and art installations.

As a community-based Museum, we continue to meet the needs of our diverse population by offering free or low-cost programs and artistic experiences that educate participants about diversity and inclusion. 

Portfolio of Projects:

We facilitate a variety of programs and execute several mural projects.

Programming: We offer art-making, workshops, lectures, and events throughout the year, both on-site and in the community. Our programs are free or low-cost to ensure access to all.

Mural Beautification Projects: We have executed nine community murals in Sacramento between 2018 and 2019. There is a community outreach component for each project, including young artists training and invitations to neighborhood youth and families to help in the design and execution of each project. Other projects include:

1.  Sacramento Sheriff’s Department on 65th and Florin mural entitled “Community.” 

2.  Woodlake Elementary School mural dedicated to Ann Frank.

3. Cotton Comes to Harlem Mural Beautification Project, Day of services at the Mack Meadowview Community Center.

4. Three murals for the Mustard Seed School for homeless children and youth entitled the “Transformation of Life.”

5. Conceptualizing and campaigning for the first 25 utility boxes in South Sacramento Utility Box Project on Florin Rd. 

6. Our Out of Box Field Trip Program sponsored 40 youth and 17 parents on a trip to the De Young Museum to see the “Soul of A Nation” exhibition. The experience for the youth was empowering, and our goal with adequate funding is to sponsor a field Oct 10th to the Town Of Allensworth 

7. Connect Seniors & Youth Creative Arts program builds an intergenerational connection between seniors and youth. 

8. Technology and Leadership Academy (TALA) introduces youth to music appreciation, studio engineering, computer skills, video production, reading music, and business acumen. We now have a Sojo Youth Jazz Ensemble Band. 

9.  Virtual Pop Up Museum offers online access to art activities, dance classes, free meals, and other resources for youth and parents.

10.  Crocker Art Museum reached out to SOJO to help implement their community art engagement initiative Block by Block. This initiative engages youth and families in under-served communities in art experiences, including pop up events and art-making. To date, Sojourner Truth is still a community partner, and the initiative has been a grand experience for children, youth, and families in under-served communities. 

11.  For ten years, we have partnered with the Sacramento County History Day event as a Special Awards judge for students who provide exhibits, paper, performances, and documentaries on Historical Black leaders. The Sojo museum offers scholarship awards to the winners. 

In these challenging times, we ask that you rethink how funding for the arts is being allocated and consider supporting the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum. 

We believe in our mission, and our commitment to our artists, patrons, families, and the surrounding community is valuable and worthy of support. Your contributions will help the Museum continue to foster and elevate our social impact programming during this time of uncertainty, tragedy, and division.

Thank you.

Shonna McDaniels

Executive Director

Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum

Sheriff's Mural Project called "Community" at 65th and Florin 

Anti Tobacco Mural Project was on 24th and Florin on grocery store wall 

Harlem Renaissance cultivating spaces project at Mack Road Community center 


Harlem Renaissance cultivating spaces project at Mack Road Community center 

Mustard Seen School for Homeless children mural project called "Transformation of Life" 

Old mural which was at 12th and K street downtown called " The Children" 

Harlem Renaissance cultivating spaces project at Mack Road Community center 


The Sojo TALA Youth Jazz Ensemble Band performance at the Sac State University Tea Tree Garden Jazz Festival 

 The Sojo TALA Music Video - All music was created and performed by our youth 

          The Sojo  Entrepreneur program 

The Sojo  Entrepreneur program 

2004 Community Mural Project for Earth Day in Down town Sacramento 

The COVID-19 Online Sojo Youth Art Pop Ups 

The COVID-19 Hot Meal pick ups for Youth Pop Up families and seniors 
We prepare 460 hot meals per month 


The COVID-19 Online Sojo Youth Art Pop Ups 


Sojo Youth Pop Ups Clay booth 


The COVID-19 Online Sojo Youth Art Pop Ups 
We prepare 600 free Art N the bag material per month for parents to pick up and follow the artist on line 

Our new virtual space called Black Pioneers History Project 

Hmong Youth mural created with Sojo Museum for the Hmong Women's Heritage Center 

Mack Road Valley High Mural project created by Sojo Museum Artist and Youth 


COVID 19 Sojo Virtual Huki Lau dance workshop 


COVID 19 Sojo Virtual Candace Reading Circle and Mental Health workshops 

The Black Lives MLK mural project create by Sojo Museum artist 


The Black Lives MLK mural project create by Sojo Museum artist 

The Black Lives MLK mural project create by Sojo Museum artist 

The Black Lives MLK mural project create by Sojo Museum artist 


Harlem Renaissance cultivating spaces project at Mack Road Community center


Mustard Seen School for Homeless children mural project called "Transformation of Life" 

Mustard Seen School for Homeless children mural project called "Transformation of Life" 

Mustard Seen School for Homeless children mural project called "Transformation of Life" 


Banana Festival Children's Mural project 


COVID 19 Virtual Sojo Online Art Activities Inspired by 
Romare Bearden's 'Circe' Is Black And Powerful


The Sojo After School Jewelry Making workshop


The 17th Annual Sojo Summer Camp Martin Luther King Library 
The Sojo Connect Senior & Youth Creativity project (seniors teaching knitting) 
The Sojo Out Of Box Field Trip in February of 2020 to the De Young Museum to see the Soul of a Nation Exhibit.  We sponsored 40 youth and 17 adults 


The Sojo Museum in collaboration with CHAMPS  (seniors teaching youth how to make Apple and Peach pies from Scratch ) 

The COVID-19 Hot Meal pick ups for Youth Pop Up families and seniors 
We prepare 460 hot meals per month 

 Our Sojo TALA  Jazz Ensemble with instructor Harley White at the MLK Library
Our classes still take place virtually 



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