An art gallery that highlights women of color is now being showcased at Sacramento’s Sol Collective. Nisha Sethi, the creator of the gallery, hoped to inspire other people with her work to share their voices and participate in protests.
On Sunday, February 11th, the “Unity Ball” promoting solidarity with trans women will be held at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria from 6:00 PM to 10:30 PM. Only the first 450 people will be allowed to enter, and the tickets on Eventbrite have already been sold out.
“It’s actually a three-part series, and it’s called the unity projects,” Ebony Harper said in a previous interview. “And they’re to promote solidarity with trans folks, predominantly trans women of color.”
The three-part event included a Sacramento screening of two movies, Major! and KIKI. that occurred last year and the creation of a mural of Chyna Gibson, a trans woman who had been murdered.
The dance is based on “ballroom scene”, which is an LGBT based organization. Ballroom scene involves many art forms, such as dance, modeling, and singing. In ballroom scene, there are usually competitions in which members of the ballroom scene participate in.
“So the ballroom scene is an underground organization, I call underground but it’s actually really really big…” Demetriel Colon said in a previous interview. “It’s associated with a lot of different houses, or similarly, families of the LGBT community and what they do is compete regularly for cash prizes or trophies and things like that.”
You can read more about the Unity Ball on Sol Collective’s website here, or check out their Facebook page.
On November 3rd, Sacramento celebrates the Day of the Dead in its Old Town. The event was hosted by Soul Collective. The purpose of this event is for Latinos to celebrate their own culture in Sacramento as well as for others to find value in it.
On September 9th, from 11 am to 1 pm, Sol Collective will be hosting an event called “Healing for the Homies”. This event is geared towards activists and artists whose work takes a toll on them. Tickets are $10 and the event will be at 2574 21st street.
With the events in Charlottesville, d the hurricane in Texas, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s going on in the world around you. Though it is good to keep up on how the world is doing, activists can get too caught up in other people and big issues and forget about taking care of themselves.
Healing for the Homies helps activists and artists to take a step away from the issues of the world and take some much-needed time to focus on themselves. Healing for the Homies tickets can be found here.
“Sol Collective is a non-profit organization focusing on art, culture, activism, and we have a lot of programing such as Sacramento Activist School. We have Sol Live media platform, which I am the assembly director of, and basically, we try to provide a platform and a voice to individuals who represent marginalized communities,” said Salvin Chahal, the Creative Director of Sol Collective said in a previous interview. “Our work is just rooted in basically healing the people in the best way we can, because we know right now more than ever our communities are hurting, and we don’t need to see any numbers to get a better understanding of that. We know, we can feel it in our hearts and our minds and our souls, so anything we can do to basically provide the opposite of the duality of what’s going on with everything, that what we want to do that’s what our work is rooted in; trying to heal and build community through art and activism. Two things that go hand in hand in whatever way you think when you think of art of activism.”
More information about Healing for the Homies can be found on Sol Collective’s Facebook Page.
Sol Collective now has an open art gallery open to the public until September for anyone to view. Many of the pieces are for sale and have a mix of artists from California and Mexico.
Every Wednesday evening at the Sol Collective, the Art and Activism School meets for presentations and hands-on workshops to strengthen and expand the Sacramento art and activist communities. With no cost, no experience required and free pizza, the Art and Activist School is the perfect place for aspiring activists and artists looking to get involved in hands-on activist projects and to join the community.
Wednesday evenings, 6 – 9pm
2574 21st Street
Sol Collective held a screening of “13th” and Paul Willis, the facilitator of the event, talked about what he hoped would come from the knowledge. Time will tell if what he hopes for come true.
Sol Collective is hosting a local art gallery this month called Adversus by YK La Familia. Sol Collective is an amazing hub for the community and creative mind near the state’s capital. Adversus is a show about celebrating diversity and raising awareness through the many opposite ideologies and concepts this world has to offer. The exhibit will be on display until July 31st.
Five million dollars is more money than most of us will see in a lifetime. However, six youths from Sacramento attempted to answer one simple question: “What would you do if you had five million dollars?”
Through the use of photography, video, audio, and relief prints, these youths reflected how they view Sacramento and how they would invest in the city to make it better.
The artwork is currently displayed at the Sol Collective, an art and culture center, through May 4th. The youths involved in this exhibition are Juanito Aguilar, Inderpal Benipal, Elena Calvillo, Bianca Solis, See Thao, and Quan Team. These youths are interns from Hiram Johnson High School and Health Professionals and their exhibit is entitled Youth Life: Youth in Action Multimedia Exhibition.
“The main inspiration for this work is Project Y, which is a measure for the (taxation) of marijuana (production) and what that money from the production could be used for,” says Inderpal Benipal, one of the youths participating in the multimedia exhibition.
Measure Y was voted by the City Council to be put on the ballot just this past February. Measure Y will not raise taxes but instead put a 5% tax on the manufacturing and cultivation of legal marijuana operations. If passed the money would go towards community based health, after-school, youth employment and recreation programs.
The opening reception for this multimedia exhibition was held on April 30th and two of youth interns, See Thao and Inderpal Benipal were present at the event.
“This work gave me insight into what other youths deal with. Especially as a high school senior it what as good experience,” said See Thao, another youth participating in the exhibition.
The event will continue until May 4th and can be viewed from 6-9pm to the general public. This event is also free and welcome to all.
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To stay informed on Measure Y click here.