Parks and Tranquility

Parks and Tranquility utilizes the power of art as a tool for community engagement and wellness.

We're excited to partner with the California State Railroad Museum and Folsom Lake State Recreational Area and the artists selected to create site specific artwork - Amy Melissa Reed, Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley, and Dan Tran.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception (August 10 at 7 p.m. | California Railroad Museum)
Join us as we will celebrate Parks and Tranquility Grant awardees for the opening of the exhibits Chókim bètana wéeye (It comes from the stars) by Amy Melissa Reed and Fieldnotes: California State Railroad Museum by Chris Christion & Jessica Wimbley. During the program, the artists will be discussing their video and sound art exhibitions. The event will also feature performances by MA ENSEMBLE and additional Sacramento poets and artists who were awarded Parks and Tranquility grants. This event is free and open to the public. 

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Amy Melissa Reed is a Sound, Visual, Multi-instrumentalist and Performing Artist. They work with language reclamation, rematriation, indigenous ways of being, and non-hierarchal improvisation  informing their creative practice. They recently returned from the Himalayas with Susie Ibarra’s NatGeo sound team recording the source waters of the Ganges and the many beautiful sounds of North Sikkim. They founded Ma Series at Gold Lion Arts in Sacramento, CA and are Co-founder of MA SERIES ARTS, an organization to support historically underfunded artists.

Chris Christion and Jessica Wimbley are both artists/curators based in Sacramento, California. Wimbley/Christion’s interdisciplinary artistic practice includes working with ambitious video/ digital installations, including the video work Fieldnotes: Califia installed on the Digital Media Wall at California Natural Resource Agency in Sacramento, CA. Collaborative works have been featured in the traveling exhibition Mexicali Biennale: The Land of Milk and Honey, and included in the Library of Congress. Conceptually, both artists have experience working with historical, state-themed projects that reach a large audience, challenge traditional fine arts practice/ presentation in the public sphere, and include an intersectional viewpoint.

As a curatorial team, they’ve developed the curatorial project series Biomythography, with exhibitions in academic and non-profit art spaces in Southern California including Cerritos College, California Lutheran University, Eastside International, Los Angeles, University of La Verne, and Claremont Graduate University. (Photo credit : Cameron Clark)

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Community Partners

Special thanks to our community consultants Faith J. McKinnie and J. Andrea Porras and our submission review panelists Tiffany Adams (Chemehuevi / Koyoomk”awi / Nisenan), Me’Lisa James, Drucella Anne Miranda, Jazel Muñoz, Bridgètt Rangel Rexford, and Ruben Reveles.

This project is supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

Thank you to our community partners.