Today: Sacramento Arts Day of Giving

artsBy the Editors

Today is Sacramento’s Arts Day of Giving (Facebook) – a 24-hour, online fundraising drive to support arts and cultural organizations in the four-county region.

Donations opened this morning ($25 minimum) and will run through 4:29 am on Tuesday, April 30. Organized by GiveLocalNow, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and For Arts’ Sake, it’s a great way for Sacramentans to learn about new, and thank their favorite, organizations for contributing to our community’s high quality of life.

Why is it important to support the arts? Well, we think Michelle Obama captured it perfectly:

“We believe strongly that the arts aren’t somehow an ‘extra’ part of our national life, but instead we feel that the arts are at the heart of our national life. It is through our music, our literature, our art, drama and dance that we tell the story of our past and we express our hopes for the future. Our artists challenge our assumptions in ways that many cannot and do not. They expand our understandings, and push us to view our world in new and very unexpected ways … It’s through this constant exchange — this process of taking and giving, this process of borrowing and creating — that we learn from each other and we inspire each other.”

You can choose organizations by category, and there are a number of community leaders matching each donation. They’ve also sweetened the deal by providing a ton of fun events and discounts throughout town today. Our two favorites…

  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Head over to Mulvaney’s (1215 19th Street) for a celebration involving food trucks (Krush Burger, Drewski’s Hot Rod, Simply Southern Food, Bacon Mania, and Mulvaney’s sausage shack), live music and remarks from Mayor Kevin Johnson and local arts leaders. Details and RSVP here.
  • 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm – LowBrau (1050 20th Street) is hosting a party (“Braullet“) benefiting the Sacramento Ballet featuring music by DJ Shaun Slaughter, DJ Roger Carpio, DJ CrookOne and DJ Whores from 7pm-11pm. Details and RSVP here. In addition, LowBrau is donating $1 from every draught beer sold all-day to the Sacramento Ballet.

You can find a full list of events here. What’s more, there’s over a dozen restaurants/bars offering discounts (today only) when you show your donation receipt. As in, really great discounts, including free coffee from Weatherstone/Old Soul, 20% off at 33rd Bistro, and free pizza at Hot Italian.

According to the Sacramento Bee, “online giving marathons, which try to harness the Internet and social media to raise smaller donations from a wider base of people, have been successful elsewhere. Sarasota, Fla., nonprofits brought in nearly $2.8 million from more than 17,600 donations last month; Richmond, Va., raised $1.2 million from more than 15,000 donations last September.”

And obviously Sacramento is WAY cooler than Sarasota and Richmond so let’s band together and raise some much needed funds for our arts community!


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