Sol Collective

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Sol Collective is an organization based in Sacramento, California.[1] It is community center that is reportedly dedicated to healthy lifestyles the arts, and culture. It also has a background in activism.[2] It operates in a similar format to the La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. It has worked in partnership over the years with organizations such as Verge, the Crocker and the Sacramento History Museum. It serves as a platform for performing and visual arts.[3]


Sol Collective was founded around 2005 by Estella Sanchez, a daughter of Mexican immigrants.[4] In 2003, while working as a teacher, she founded the group. While taking her lunch break one day, she saw an empty building with a "for rent" sign. At the time she was staying with her father so she had a bit of disposable income. She then rented the building and that was the start of the collective.[5] The organization was first located at Del Paso Boulevard. In 2008 a fire destroyed their premises and around 2009, they ended up on 21st Street. Sanchez is a former adviser at the Sacramento Met School,[6] and drug-prevention counselor.[7]

According to an article in the November 15, 2015 edition of The Sacramento Bee, they were looking for new premises.[8] In October 2016, director Sanchez was attempting to raise $35,000 which was required to complete the $100,000 down payment on the premises of the organization. The landlord was selling and $406,000 was the purchase price. At the time of an article appearing in The Sacramento Bee on October 11, at least $4,156 had been raised by their online crowdsourcing campaign.[9]


Annually the organization hosts the "Honoring Our Past" event in collaboration with the Sacramento History Museum.[10] On the 29th of October they held the “Skulls and Skeletons: Day of the Dead Printmaking Workshop” at the museum.[11]

In 2015, along with other organizations they worked in collaboration with The Ethnic Studies Program and The Center for Families, on the “Semillas y Culturas~Seeds and Cultures” Conference which was held at the Woodland Community College.[12]


  1. ^ Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum for Education of Latini/a Youth, edited by Angela Valenzuela Page 9 True to Our Roots
  2. ^ Capital Public Radio, Thursday, August 28, 2014 Sol Collective's Global Local Festival: Tradition With A Twist - Marnette Federis
  3. ^ Reno News & Review, 06.05.14. - The creative class, cheap living, big money, and Sacramento’s bold and daring art evolution
  4. ^ Capital Public Radio, Friday, April 10, 2015 Art And Music Creators Find A Home At Sol Collective - Marnette Federis
  5. ^ . KQED. August 8, 2014 – Sacramento-Based Group Gives Kids of Color Much-Needed Creative Outlets By Anne Hoffman
  6. ^ Leaving to Learn: How Out-of-School Learning Increases Student Engagement and Reduces Dropout Rates, By Elliot Washor, Charles Mojkowski - After-School Programs
  7. ^ The Sacramento Bee, November 15, 2015 – Artist collective thrives off the grid By Ryan Lillis
  8. ^ The Sacramento Bee, November 15, 2015 Artist collective thrives off the grid by Ryan Lillis
  9. ^ The Sacramento Bee, October 11, 2016 – Arts group seeks help raising a down payment by Ed Fletcher
  10. ^ Vida en el Valle, October 17, 2016 – La Mafia and other Tejano greats stop in Fresno
  11. ^ The Sacramento Press, 25 Oct. 2016 – Día de Los Muertos Grows into Oak Park - David alvarez
  12. ^ Daily Democrat, 10/08/15 ‘Seeds and Cultures’ conference at College

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