California Museum offers Unity Center free admission on Sat., Nov. 3 & Sun., Nov. 4 to inspire community to take a stand against hate, intolerance & bigotry
Members of the community invited to tour exhibition initiated in response to 1999 hate crimes empowering visitors to stand up for their rights & rights of others — regardless of belief, background, identity or gender
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Oct. 29, 2018: The California Museum will offer free admission to the Unity Center on Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4 to inspire members of the Sacramento community to take a stand against hate, intolerance and bigotry in response to the anti-Semitic murder of 11 congregants of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Initiated in response to a 1999 series of Northern California hate crimes by a pair of far-right white supremacists, the Unity Center is a long-term exhibition celebrating the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. The exhibition was the first of its kind in Northern California to encourage visitors to stand up for their rights and the rights of others — regardless of belief, background, identity or gender — when it launched on Aug. 26, 2017.
“We are deeply saddened by the hate-based attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue and offer our support to the Jewish community here in Sacramento and across the country,” said Executive Director Amanda Meeker. “The Unity Center was envisioned as a place where people could bridge divides and learn about others. We hope it can be a place of healing in this time of division, and we invite all members of the public to visit the Unity Center and all current exhibits for free on Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4.”
Unity Center free admission, a value of up to $9.00 per visitor
1020 O Street (corner of 10th and O Streets), Sacramento, CA 95814
Sat., Nov. 3, 2018 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & Sun., Nov. 4, 2018 12:00-5:00 p.m.
To promote healing & unity following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Originally conceived in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes including the murder of a gay couple and the fire-bombing of 3 Sacramento synagogues by white supremacists, the Unity Center is a long-term exhibition celebrating 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 take a stand against hate, intolerance and bigotry. Through advocacy tools and education 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.
In addition to the Unity Center, visitors on Sat., Nov. 3 and Sun., Nov. 4 will also receive free admission to view all current exhibits including temporary installations “California at Bat: America’s Pastime in the Golden State,” “Celebración de Almas: Día de Los Muertos 2018” and “Sikh Project.” For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org.
ABOUT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM
The California Museum educates visitors on California’s diverse history, arts, culture and unique influence on the world. Through interactive exhibits and engaging programs, the Museum inspires visitors to make their mark on history. Open Tues. – Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sun. 12:00-5:00 p.m. Admission: $7-9. Learn more at http://www.californiamusuem.org.
Interviews & media tours available by advance request only.