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About Us

Supporting Art Education in Sacramento


Our Mission:

Friends of Sacramento Arts works to ensure equitable access to comprehensive arts education in K-12 public schools.

Our Vision:

Arts Every Day for Every Child in Every School

In 2018, Sacramento’s Creative Edge Culture Plan was released documenting the status of arts, culture and the creative economy in Sacramento. The number one goal in the analysis was the need to restore arts education in the schools. Friends of Sacramento Arts (FOSA) was launched in 2019 with the mission to ensure equitable access to comprehensive arts education in K-12 public schools in the Sacramento Region.

Friends is led by a 10-member board of directors and an executive director, Allison Cagley, who was selected by the City of Sacramento’s mayor’s office and community leader, Dennis Mangers. Friends works with a consortium comprised of the Sacramento County Office of Education, the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture and the 14 school districts in Sacramento County. Friends is a partner with the statewide arts education advocacy organization CREATE CA and works with local arts advocacy groups – Sacramento Alliance for Regional Arts and the Capitol Creative Alliance.

We advocate for increased access to arts education for K-12 public school students in Sacramento County.

Executive Director Allison Cagley speaking at the 2023 Arts and Culture Summit at the State Capitol

We provide funding for arts projects for students.

Arts Leader Dennis Mangers greets arts students

We provide information, resources and connections to advance these goals.

Heroes of Arts Education Gala 2023. Featured: FOSA Chair Gerry Kamilos, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, City Councilmember Karina Talamantes, FOSA Executive Director Allison Cagley, and Sacramento County Public Schools Superintendent David Gordon

“Thanks to your grant, we can pay the wonderful teachers who have been working with us and use that money to reach more communities.” – Cynthia Speakman, On Stage Theater Arts. “Your donations help us provide critical funding to local art programs like OnStage Theater Arts!”

Our 2023-2025 Goals

Goal #1 — Ensure sustainable, unrestricted annual funding from a diversity of sources and methods.

Goal #2 – Create and operationalize FOSA’s brand as a leader in arts education advocacy.

Goal #3 – Fund in-school programs in cooperation with SCOE and other partners.

Goal #4 – Engage and empower board members.

Friends of Sacramento Arts is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt organization funded through individual, corporate and foundation contributions and grants to support our efforts for equitable access to arts education in public schools.