BUILDING A KIND, CREATIVE, AND SUSTAINABLE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Kindness, Creativity & Sustainability

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ZERO WASTE GALLERY, STUDIO LABS AND COMMUNITY CENTER

CREATIVE INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Atrium 916 is a Creative Innovation Center for Sustainability, engineering solutions that build a kind, creative, and sustainable future for all beings. The Atrium, through community-driven ideas, builds systems and provides support for the formulation of new mission-driven, eco-friendly products, and services that drive a sustainable creative circular economy.

We are a collaborative community of creatives and entrepreneurs who are aligned on the idea of doing business for good. With impactful art, space, projects, solutions, support and events. We are a hub where creatives come to connect, experiment, be inspired, collaborate, and innovate towards the omni-considerate future this planet needs.

Atrium 916 is the intersection of creativity, entrepreneurship, and environmental stewardship. We listen intently to our creative community and find ways to engineer their ideas and solve problems. Our programming is designed to nurture the next generation of creative minds and build sustainably Sacramento’s creative economy.

Welcome to the Atrium, a kind space, in historic Old Sacramento, available and accessible to all, 5 days a week. We serve over 850 creatives in the greater Sacramento region and have provided educational interactions and art installations to over half a million people since 2017.

1020 Front Street, Old Sacramento California

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Join the Atrium database for access to opportunities, advocacy efforts and programs  Ideas that grow from within a community are destined to thrive if given the necessary resources and support. 

Our community space lowers the barriers of entry for local makers, inventors and entrepreneurs interested in building a kind and sustainable economy. We offer incubation of new organizations, workspace for impactful tech, innovative lab experiments, cultural art galleries and creative event space that cultivates ecological education, advocacy and collaborative community.

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PROJECTS & DEVELOPMENT

HISTORY TIMELINE

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2023

Atrium launches the Zero Waste Mobile Art Cafe funded by SMUD Shine Award. The Zero Waste Mobile Art Cafe is a leave-no-trace solar-powered mobile bistro cafe popup activation using art, science, and games. Sacramento Bee Article

Atrium began participating in the California State rule-making process of SB54 and advocating a focus on building reuse systems to hit targets. Comments made in Cal-recycle meeting 

Atrium launches a successful pilot test of CRV Art Collector funded by Burners without Borders (An outreach division of Burning Man).

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2022

April – Atrium started production of the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Commission TV series – Citizens of Planet Earth scheduled to air on local PBS station KVIE and all local PEG stations. Atrium916.com/tv

Atrium was called ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE AND ECO-FRIENDLY STORES IN CALIFORNIA.

December- Sustainable Santa moved  from the eagle theatre to the Atrium gallery. Atrium916.com/santa

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2021

February – Atrium open the circular economy gallery and shop for retail experience along with art cafe that serves art not food.
April – Atrium launched the Beacon Recycle Challenge.  This went into communities to educate on sustainability and waste reduction.

June – Atrium CEO, Shira Lane, opened for the Mayor of Sacramento for the state of the city speech.

November – Atrium began Sustainable Santa in collaboration with the California Railroad Museum.  Atrium916.com/santa

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2020

March – Atrium began holding creative economy meetings online when the Covid Pandemic began to help local creatives navigate local, state and federal opportunities and created an online resource page that was used nationally in the art sectors.
April -Atrium created a mask marketplace as a way for local creatives to generate over 35K of revenue when they were not eligible for unemployment or PPP.
June – Atrium coordinated the Black Lives Matter mural on Capitol Mall as seen in Washington Post.
July – Atrium moved HQ to Old Sacramento, and Atrium advocacy efforts helped deliver 7.5 million dollars to the Sacramento Creative Economy.
October – Atrium with a grant from the city of Sacramento created – Sacramento.Shop – an online marketplace for makers to sell their wares during the 2020 winter holiday closures and got over 40 makers set up with an online store that generated thousands of dollars of revenue for creatives.  Atrium916.com/shop
November – Sacramento County supervisor candidate works with Atrium to collect political signs to donate to arts community.

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2019

Atrium began holding creative economy meetings to unite the creative sector across siloes and to learn how the Atrium can better serve the community. During this year, the Atrium helped bring 2.1 million dollars into the Sacramento City Art Budget. 

October – Atrium (legally  Up Kindness, Inc) received its 501c3 nonprofit designation.

Legislation Change – ‘Carts for the Arts’ an art exhibit that highlights the devastating contribution Vape pens and equipment have on the environment. After the exhibit the panel began working together until a 2022 a bill was signed to change the marketing and labeling of these vape pens., AB 1894 

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2018

A creative community developed from the popups  and wanted between events a permanent space of collaboration and innovation. The Landlord happy with revitalization of his building, provided  34K sf of space for the Atrium to flourish into a collaborative innovation center for sustainability. Within 8 months the Atrium had 18 organizations and creatives activating the space in the Power Inn District. Sacramento Bee- Ed Fletcher

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2017

December 2017  – Unleashed Productions launches a pop-up market for upcycled and repurposed items, called Upcycle Pop in Sacramento, CA. This revitalization and activation  pilot project became America’s first upcycle  market, happening 3-4 times a year. A place to connect and meet local eco-friendly makers, watch artists create works of art from discarded items. Experience interactive art installations and activities on sustainability, live music, and make art. Remake, play, shop, eat and get creative.  

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