Art of Compassion Participation Details


SCUSD in partnership with the City of Sacramento welcome you to participate in our February launch of the “The Art of Compassion” challenge.

Both the district and the city believe that as a community, we are stronger when we show unity in kindness, empathy, and care for others.  We also believe that the Arts can play a vital role in communicating and expressing compassion.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to submit their project for consideration to receive awards and to be displayed at the Art of Compassion Showcase SEL Summit scheduled for April 28, 2017 (more details  to come). Furthermore, elementary classes with the MOST submissions will be considered for a whole-class artistic/fun experience with one of our community partners!

Several Awards will be presented to individual students and, at the elementary level, to whole-classes (for most submissions).

All K-12 SCUSD students are welcome to participate.

How to Participate

During the months of February and March, K-12 SCUSD students are invited to participate in producing a project that demonstrates their acts of compassion in either their school or home communities and a brief written reflection (less than a page).  

Students may document/present their acts of compassion in the following ways:

  • Visual Art: (examples: Painting, sketch, photography, sculpture, digital media, etc.)
  • Performance Art: 10 minutes or less (examples: Musical, dance, spoken words, etc.)
  • Service Project Documentary: 5 minutes or less (example: Power point presentation, video documentary, etc.)

Each project should include:

  • Student Name
  • Email Contact
  • School Name
  • Grade Level
  • A brief (one page or less) written reflection on how they demonstrated compassion in their project.

Important Dates/Details


Teachers teach Empathy lesson. Click Empathy Lesson for access. Students are encouraged to perform acts of compassion (empathy in action) and document through visual, performance, or documentary (see notes above for examples) and complete reflection.

March 24

Deadline for students to upload a digital version of their project into the following link:  Submit Projects Here.  Please be sure to upload into the appropriate grade-level folder.  All submissions need to be uploaded by 5pm.

April 17

Awards recipients will be notified via email and invited to attend the Showcase Day on April 28th to receive their award.

April 28, 5-8pm, Serna Center

Selected art pieces and projects will be showcased in the Art of Compassion Showcase SEL Summit for families, staff, and community members.  Event is free and open to the public.