Exhibits and Collections

The centerpiece in our efforts to provide greater access and exposure to art is seen in the hallways of the Museum.  More than 2,000 linear feet are covered with dynamic murals depicting the culture and history of our diverse people:  African American, Mexican, Latino, Asian, Alaskan, Pacific Islander, Eastern, and Native American.  In Sankofa Hall, the African American journey is illustrated from Africa to the New World, from bondage to freedom, to accomplishment and excellence.  Pioneers, scientists, and leaders in all professions throughout the ages are represented here, as well as sports figures and entertainers.  Well-known California and Sacramento figures from the past up to today are portrayed.  Guided tours are available to enrich the mural experience as visitors encounter history and art in this exciting and informative venue.



Loius Armstrong - Shonna Duke Ellington - Shonna  Jazz Player - Daphne  Ribbon of Life - Daphne

Unknown- Shonna Sojourner Truth - Daphne

Supporting local artists enhances our efforts to increase access to art in the community.  Frequent varied or theme-oriented art installations and exhibitions bring the work of local artists into the Center.  They have included Women as Healers Art Exhibition, Cinco de Mayo Celebration:  Frieda on Paper, The Legacy of Sojourner Truth, Words of Truth and Our Heritage Speaks Exhibit. 

Our Multicultural Festivals are well-known for their diversity of visual and performing arts.  All cultures are represented.  This past year marked the 7th anniversary of the SOJO Art Festival.  A variety of hands-on activities are very popular with the many children who attend.  They delight in working with clay sculpture, batik fabric dying, painting, and so on; and it is not unusual that a child encounters his or her first exposure to an artistic medium here. 


Additionally the festival  highlight Sojo’s art education programs by showcasing renown visual and performing arts of youth that have previously attended workshops throughout the year. The festival features live music, dramatic skits, poetry, a talent show, film documentaries, educational workshops, mural tours, visual art exhibitions/  /collections, vendor ( food, health, education), and paint-outs, with art  demonstrations.

We are constantly expanding our collection of arts from many cultures and perspectives. Unique pieces are often in our temporary exhibits and increasingly in our permenant collection.

Above is an Aztec calendar piece created for the museum in honor of Mexican heritage..

Below is an oil painting exhibited in a Hmong collection during last year's Fine Arts Festivall.


Current Artists and collections

Joseph Pollakoff

African Queens & African American History

Willie Wade

Collection of statues and sculpture pieces

Kanika Marshall

Wall sculpture of Sojourner Truth.

Bob Bell

Wall Sculpture of Sojourner Truth. Shonna McDaniels,

Painting of Sojourner Truth, Black Madonna. Larry Love,

Tulip Flowers.

Veronica Kyle,

The Keeper of Clay collection.

David Lobenberg,

painting of Sojourner Truth and Jazz Collection series

Ollie McDaniels,

Sojourner Truth Doll collection.

William McDaniels,

Egyptian King and Queen painting collection. Josef Jazz and Soul wire Art collection

Cristina Mullen,

painting of Sojourner Truth.