About Raizes Collective

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Serving the Bilingual and Bicultural Communities of Sonoma County

Raizes Collective, based in Santa Rosa, was established June 2015 to empower and mobilize community through the arts, culture and environmental education.

Our collective came together to offer artists and teachers of color the resources of space, programming, events, shows and activities to affect social and political change through art and community building. We believe this facilitates healing of the divisions within our diverse communities.

Raizes is guided by the following principles:

Art

If we provide a platform for all creators and an outlet for the dreamers, we will build a culture of equity and free expression.

Environment

If we are inspired by the world around us with its natural beauty. We will also respect the people we share our planet with.

Activism

If we provide mentorship and leadership for kids and young adults of color, LGBTQI community, and for progressive activists and artists, we will create a forward thinking culture for our collective future.

Culture

If we connect with one another through learning about our roots, we can build an inclusive space to create new paradigms.

Community

If we consistently share our ideas, our culture and our art with our family and friends, our community will grow in strength, numbers and influence.

To ensure we achieve our mission, we have 4 primary objectives:

  1. To provide opportunities for emerging artists of color to gain visibility for their work through exhibits, performances, readings, and other cultural expression.
  1. To provide real-world teaching and learning opportunities for artists of color and members of the community through workshops and classes.
  1. To provide opportunities for young people of color in Santa Rosa to see themselves reflected in arts, cultural and political activities.
  1. To develop and provide a gathering place as a home for these activities, and a center for developing and sharing new cultural, political and community ideas, understanding and awareness to create opportunities for self-healing for all members of the collective.

Raizes Collective

Founder & Executive Director – Isabel Lopez
Raizes Yoga Program Coordinator — Jessica Ruiz

Parking Lot Poets

Anaid Carreño • Alex Templeton • Bernice Espinoza • Karym Sanchez • Chad Bolla • Pam Rivas

Visual Artists

Naya Barretto • Amanda Ayala • Arturo Fuentes-Ortiz • Martin Zuniga •  Diana R. Mondragon

Manny Morales • Hamlet Hernandez Moran

 Photography

Nestor Torres-Lupercio

Help our organization.

Make your tax-deductible donation to Raizes Collective today to assure our continued support of our diverse local arts community in Sonoma County.