Block Party Coming to a Neighborhood Near You

Family friendly event to take place this summer
The Crocker Art Museum’s Block by Block team is throwing a free block party this summer featuring art, food, music and entertainment for all ages. The all-day event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m., will take place on Saturday, July 9 in Sacramento City Council District 5, which includes Oak Park, Colonial Heights, Woodbine and surrounding areas. In partnership with Sol Collective and Sojourner Truth Museum, the block party will celebrate the neighborhoods in District 5 by showcasing artists, entertainers, community groups and businesses.
“The block parties are a celebration of arts happening in the community,” says Daphne Burgess, project manager of Crocker Block by Block. “We really want to highlight the creativity that exists in Sacramento’s unique neighborhoods and often gets overlooked but really makes Sacramento special. We want to co-create an opportunity for artists to shine and be celebrated. There will be interactive art experiences; live music, visual arts, performing arts; and it might be your neighbor who is performing.”
The block party will showcase the work of Art + Impact grant recipient Gioia Fonda, whose work was selected on the basis of innovation, connection and unique experience with an emphasis on process and social engagement. Fonda’s “Give a Fork” sculpture, which raises awareness about food scarcity and is comprised of household forks donated by local residents, will be on display at the block party, taking place on 21st Avenue near Stockton Boulevard, in and surrounding Colonial Heights Library. “The project was designed to bring awareness to issues and interests within our community as a means to inspire, provoke and connect — art can do that and so can museums,” says Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick, the Crocker’s director of education. 
Block by Block is an initiative of the Crocker Art Museum focused on Sacramento City Council districts 2, 5 and 8. Through Block by Block, the Crocker aims to strengthen connections between the Museum and its broader community by co-creating neighborhood-based arts experiences with artists, grassroots organizations, businesses and community members interested in using the arts to build and enhance our sense of community. The project is funded by the James Irvine Foundation. Two other block parties were held earlier this year in North Sacramento (District 2) and South Sacramento (District 8).
For questions about Block by Block, call (916) 808-1059 or email
What: Block Party
When & Where:
Saturday, July 9, noon – 7 p.m., in and surrounding Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento (Please note, 21st Avenue between Stockton Boulevard and 54 Street will be closed to traffic.)
Cost: Free
Who can attend: All ages
The Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum in the Western U.S. and is one of the leading art museums in California today. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are
10 a.m.–5 p.m., TuesdaySunday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays. Every third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Western Health Advantage. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit