Plein Air Sac is a community arts program that encourages partnerships between artists, businesses, and civic leaders. The program's mission is to advocate for youth arts education by promoting local artists, receiving sponsorship from community businesses, and partnering with local charities. 


The program is administered by Youth Connections Unlimited and Blue Bushel Creative & Marketing, Inc. Youth Connections Unlimited (YCU) is a California Corporation, registered as a 501(c)(3). YCU has a specific purpose of developing programs that serve at-risk and high-risk youth in the community. Blue Bushel is a California Corporation that offers digital marketing and advertising services.  


Plein Air Sac encourages artists in the greater Sacramento region to sign up and become Registered Artists. After signing up for the program, the artists will then have the opportunity to sign up for "painting days" --weekend outdoor painting events at designated location throughout the region. All painting days are free to attend for Registered Artists.

In addition to signing up artists, Plein Air Sac is also seeking "Friends of Plein Air" to assist us in reaching our program goals. As a Friend, individuals or businesses make it possible for us to continue advancing the goals of Youth Connections Unlimited, to expand youth arts education opportunities to underserved communities. To learn more about sponsorship, click here.


For answers to common questions, please visit our FAQs Page

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Program Director


Volunteer Coordinator


2021 Artist Ambassador


April 2020 --Launch

May 2020 -January 2021

June - July 2021

July - September 2021

February - June 2021

September - October 2021

October 2021

October 2nd and 3rd, the Inaugural Plein Air Sac Juried Exhibition takes place at Antiquite Maison Privee. 

Art Auction to be held on October 3, 2021.

Exhibiting artists are selected. Jurying begins.

Call For Entry window for artists statewide to submit works to be considered for the fall exhibition. 

Plein Air Sac begins its core fundraising period.

Artist registration begins. Plein Air Sac will officially launch with an artist and sponsor reception on Bastille Day. 

Blue Bushel launched a PSA known as Reopen Safe Sacramento. Its focus was to reinforce the message of public health awareness, while also promoting local business. Due to the rapid pace that the community is reopening, Blue Bushel decides to transform this into the Plein Air Sac program. 

Blue Bushel hands-off Plein Air Sac to Youth Connections Unlimited, a California nonprofit, but continues in administrative role.

Shortly after its founding, Blue Bushel undertook product development for a white-label eCommerce platform for community businesses. 

Blue Bushel Creative & Marketing, Inc. was born out of necessity, as small businesses were searching for fast, nimble web services and digital marketing solutions. With a tight-knit group at the core, Blue Bushel prides itself as a niche agency that can handle local, regional, and national cmpaigns.  

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