New Art Ark features original work

By From page B4 | November 09, 2012

On the road since 1980, the Crocker Art Museum’s Art Ark is distinguished as one of the first mobile art museums in the nation and one of the few that includes hands-on learning.

The 2012-13 academic year marks the launch of the new installation “Form and Function: African and Asmat Art,” a dynamic exhibition of sculpture, musical instruments, textiles, masks, and other objects from diverse African communities and the Asmat people of New Guinea.

Each classroom visiting the Art Ark receives a one-hour guided tour of the new installation. The tour helps students gain skills both in discussing and making art and enables students to explore the history, geography, culture, and creativity of African and Oceanic peoples through original artwork and hands-on activities.

Unique to the greater Sacramento area, the Art Ark, which serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, was developed as a means for schools to support art education in schools.

The ark has served nearly 500,000 students and more than 450 schools. All lessons correlate to the California State Content Standards in visual arts, English-language arts, history-social sciences, performing arts, science and mathematics.

For more information about the Art Ark or to schedule a visit to your school contact Mallorie Marsh at 916-808-7364 or [email protected]

The Crocker Art Museum was the first art museum in the Western U.S. and remains one of the leading art museums in California.

The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; 10 a.m. to 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


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