Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology, The Unity Center, The Crocker, The Studios for Performing Arts, and Indian Heritage Center

Lot of stuff going on this past week in the culture scene in Sacramento.

- The Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology takes a big step.

- The Capitol Unity Center receives another big gift from an Indian tribe.

- The Crocker Art Museum Expansion is on the receiving end of more incredible generosity by the Raley /Teel and Friedman families to the tune of 10 Million.

- The Teel family does it again donating 5 Million to the Studios for the Performing Arts building.

- The Indian Heritage Center find a home on the river in West Sacramento


- The Sacramento Museum of History, Science and Technology

A couple months ago I posted a piece on Sacramento Museum of Art, Science, and Human Perception (SMASHp), well it looks like it will be taking one more step forward.

Next week the city will be approving a one-year ERN for the museum to be placed at the old PG&E site on Jibbom Street.

There is no mention of how much this would cost, but it says that many companies have expressed interest in supporting the museum, including Wells Fargo, Teichert, and PG&E.

- Captiol Unity Center

Tribe gives $1.5 million to Capital Unity Center
By Stephen Magagnini - Bee Staff Writer
Friday, June 1, 2007

The Capital Unity Center got a little closer to its $20 million goal Thursday when the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians pledged $1.5 million to the proposed center for diversity and tolerance.


The Capital Unity Center, which will be at the corner of 16th and N streets, will be an interactive multimedia learning experience dedicated to inclusion, diversity and dialogue across racial, ethnic, gender and religious lines.

- The Crocker Art Museum Expansion

Huge boost for museum
Crocker's top benefactors pitch in an extra $10 million for coming expansion
By Bobby Caina Calvan - Bee Staff Writer

Two of the Crocker Art Museum's biggest boosters are reaching deeper into their pockets, each pledging an additional $5 million for a major expansion that would triple the size of a facility struggling to accommodate its burgeoning collection and supersized ambitions.

The $10 million infusion was announced at a fundraiser at Cal Expo on Saturday night, as the museum prepares to break ground next month on its new $85 million wing and launch a broader appeal for cash among the general public.

To date, the museum's capital campaign has relied on a relatively small group of benefactors -- 164, by the museum's count -- who have contributed $80 million of the $100 million goal.

The biggest contributor has been the Joyce and Jim Teel Family Foundation -- a product of the Raley's grocery fortune -- which announced on Saturday that it would add $5 million to its earlier pledge of $8 million.

Mort and Marcy Friedman, who chair the museum's fundraising campaign, also announced they would donate another $5 million to the effort, bringing their total contributions to $10 million.

- The Studios for Performing Arts

Joyce Raley Teel is giving 5M to the Studios for the Performing Arts building at 14th and H to be named "The E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts".

City Council Staff Report

- Indian Heritage Center

W. Sac lands culture center

City will donate riverfront site for American Indian museum after drive for new capital location stalls
By M.S. Enkoji - Bee Staff Writer

Prime riverfront property in West Sacramento, once offered for a new governor's mansion, will house a state museum and center for California's American Indian heritage and culture.

West Sacramento has agreed to donate 43 acres on the Sacramento River for the California Indian Heritage Center, which had tried for at least two years to locate in Sacramento along the American River.


Central City said...

Thats great news on all (river)fronts .

Im especially happy about the Indian museum getting some prime real estate along the river . I never relly thought that the Northgate proposal was a good one anyway .

A nice boost for the riverfront .

wburg said...

I like the name change for the history/science/technology museum--the "SmashP" one was just a bit too silly. I'm all for more history museums in Sacramento--bigger job market for me, anyhow!