The California Museum announces new partnerships with corporate leaders in diversity for the Unity Center opening Aug. 26th
All-new exhibition celebrating the state’s diversity & inspiring community activism made possible by the support by Frontier Communications, Sutter Health, Google, United Auburn Indian Community & others
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Aug. 17, 2017: The California Museum announced new partnerships with corporate leaders in diversity for the Unity Center today. Through sponsorships from notable organizations across California, the Museum will open the all-new long-term exhibition inspiring community activism to the public on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017.
To date, the Museum’s new partnerships in support of the Unity Center include The California Endowment; Marquee Media; Frontier Communications; Sutter Health; Anheuser-Busch; Google, Inc.; Lucas Public Affairs; Sacramento Republic FC; AKT Development, Inc.; Microsoft; Sacramento Regional Transit District; Sacramento State; San Manuel Band of Mission Indians; Skelton Strategies; SMUD; Thomas Law Group; Verizon; and Western Dental. The new corporate partnerships complement the past generosity of legacy sponsors including AT&T, Mort and Marcy Friedman, United Auburn Indian Community and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, whose support laid the groundwork for the project prior to its move to the California Museum in 2014.
“We’re thrilled to have the support of such an all-star lineup of corporate leaders in diversity,” said Richard S. Costigan III, Chair of the California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We’re grateful to our corporate partners for their enthusiasm, and this important project would not be possible without the commitment of both new and legacy sponsors. Thanks to their generosity, the Unity Center will educate over 175,000 annual visitors in the coming year, inspiring tolerance and unity in communities across California.”
“One of California’s great strengths is our rich diversity of experiences and cultures,” said Sarah Krevans, President and CEO of Sutter Health. “Sutter Health values all members of our communities and proudly supports the new Unity Center as a moving display of our state’s civic and cultural spirit. By deeply appreciating the unique backgrounds of our friends, neighbors and colleagues, we can build stronger, kinder and healthier communities.”
Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes, the Unity Center at the California Museum is a celebration of the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. Featuring innovative multimedia exhibits exploring significant chapters of California’s civil rights history and a state-of-the-art classroom, the interactive 4,000 sq. ft. gallery encourages visitors to find common ground while embracing their own individuality. Through advocacy tools and engaging educational programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others – regardless of belief, background, identity or gender.
“Frontier congratulates Mayor Steinberg and other leaders who never gave up their vision to create a public center to empower Californians to find unity and power in our diversity,” said Jacqueline Kinney, Vice President of State Government Affairs at Frontier Communications. “Frontier knows the power of technology to connect and unify individuals and communities. We are proud to sponsor the Unity Center with its interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art classroom where visitors can use technology to find common ground while celebrating individual differences.”
On Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, the Museum will open the Unity Center to the public at the Unity Center Block Party from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featuring free admission to the all-new installation plus all current exhibitions, the event features a civil rights panel discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with Dolores Huerta of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, Stuart Milk of the Harvey Milk Foundation and Senator Holly Mitchell (D, 30) moderated by and Lisa Ling of CNN’s “This is Life with Lisa Ling” and a welcome address from Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg at 12:00 p.m. Additional festivities include hands-on activities for all ages; music and dance performances by regional cultural organizations; food trucks, beer garden and more.
For more information on the Unity Center and the Unity Center Block Party, visit californiamuseum.org/unity.
About California Museum:
A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make their own mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission: adults $9.00; college students & seniors $7.50 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $7.00; kids 5 and under free. For more information, visit californiamuseum.org.
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