The History of NEW JOY ARTS

Angela Houk founded New Joy Arts in 2005 while living in the New York/New Jersey metro area. It was established as means to provide local artists opportunities to share their passions with people in the community and help others explore their own creativity.

Since moving to the Sacramento, CA region in 2013, Angela has taught at the Crocker Art Museum, various private schools, public schools, homeschool groups, churches and community non-profits.

Angela Houk, Founder & Director

As a working artist in her community, she has created and taught art all across the country in community centers, public schools, museums, private art schools and her own studio. Angela teaches adults and children in a variety of artistic disciplines from creative writing to performance, as well as visual arts and creative practices.

Angela has a degree in Cultural Studies with minors in both Education and Theology. She has studied art privately as a passionate pursuit for more than 30 years. Her diverse background has built a solid foundation for working with a wide array of community leaders, churches, schools, educational programs & arts organizations alike. Her experience in both the performing and visual arts gives her a broad base to teach from as well as the resources to encourage artists of various disciplines.

She is deeply committed to creating rich environments for personal growth and creatively integrated learning. She has homeschooled all 4 of her children with this vision in mind.

In her own time, Angela serves as the Artist in Residence at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, CA. There she has collaborated to create The Studio at Oak Hills as a community art space where New Joy Arts partners to offer art classes, an array of creativity workshops and work with other local artists.

Angela is constantly finding inspiration and opportunities for creativity in the daily rhythms and challenges of family life. Beauty, grace and renewal are perpetual themes that shape her own life and artistic pursuits. She occasionally offers her thoughts about life on her own blog and has a gallery of her creative work at Joy For This Morning.