Origins & Recent History
The Natomas Garden and Arts Club, Inc. (NGAC) is a nonprofit public benefit corporation formed by residents of Natomas. It was incorporated on July 1, 2018. The Club met on the last Tuesday of each month at the South Natomas Community Center until March 2020. Due to the COVID pandemic, the NGAC meetings have moved to Zoom and are currently held on the last Wednesday of each month.
The Mission of the Club is to nurture and promote the artistic and gardening talents of our community and to increase both the independence and inter-connectedness of the residents. It is the purpose of the NGAC to coordinate and support the efforts and resources of the Community to create gardens and artworks that will inspire, educate and nourish.
Gardening goals of the Club include supporting public spaces for gardening. We participate in creating organized, planned community gardens, and promoting home gardening to foster a happier, healthier and more beautiful community.
Artistic goals include supporting and promoting the creation, study and enjoyment of the arts, such as painting, photography, ceramics, weaving, architecture, woodwork, metal work, mosaics, floral design, related arts and crafts, music and the written and spoken word.
The Club cooperates with civic planning and historic groups, schools, libraries, galleries, plant nurseries, and other groups that have similar goals.
The focal point of the NGAC efforts is a permanent Garden & Arts Center. Providing a physical home for continuing education, demonstration and inspiration for our neighborhood is the Club’s ultimate goal. The former fire station located at Newborough and Truxel in South Natomas offers the space needed for such a center. The City of Sacramento has allocated funds to update the building.
In 2019, the NGAC has helped create a Butterfly Garden at Garden Valley Elementary School in Natomas, participated in the Chalk-It-Up sidewalk art show in Downtown Sacramento, painted a mural for the new Hilton Garden Inn in Natomas, worked with the Sacramento Tree Foundation to plant shade trees in the community, donated hundreds of pounds of produce grown by NGAC members at the Los Ninos Community Garden and hosted free Make n’ Take Holiday Crafts events.
Despite the COVID pandemic of 2020, the Club continues to work with these organizations, continuing its efforts to connect with the neighborhood through virtual presentations and more community minded projects.
Meet the 2022 Board of Directors
- President: Amie Tokuhama firstname.lastname@example.org
- At Large: Nancy Kapellas email@example.com
- Treasurer : Howard Knudsen firstname.lastname@example.org
- Member: Angela Laws email@example.com
- At Large: Robbie Robbins firstname.lastname@example.org
- Media: Romer Cristobal email@example.com
- At Large: Sharon Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org
- Liz Johnson email@example.com
The Natomas Garden & Arts Collective has a vision for a Community Garden & Arts Center and Gallery. Click the link to check out what is going on!