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City College’s Creative Alliance unites artists of all kinds with annual celebration
Live music at City College club Creative Alliance’s last Saturday of the month arts celebration. Photo by Alex Cortez | Staff Writer | [email protected]

by Alex Cortez | Staff Writer | [email protected]

City College’s Creative Alliance club continues to unite artists, musicians and poets along with other creative minds with its second annual last Saturday of the month arts celebration event.

The club’s most recent event, The Many Cycles of Unity, included 20 vendors, three musical performances and concluded with a short open mic event at the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange March 30.   

The Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange is a small building tucked away in the corner at 2420 N Street in Midtown. It was in the summer of 2017 that the Creative Alliance made the Brazilian Center its home.  

Cisco Vazquez, the second president of the Creative Alliance club, said he was determined to grow the club into a non-profit organization, and under his leadership, the Creative Alliance found itself in Sacramento’s art scene with live paintings.  

“We went to an open mic at Luna’s Cafe, where they allowed us paint, and while were painting, I signed up for the open mic,” said Vasquez. “I jump on stage and Blu [Brazilian Center owner] listened outside and I come back and she’s like,  “Oh, my God kid, I got a proposition for you. We’re trying to get more artists involved for second Saturday. Is there any way you can possibly help?’”

Vasquez said that when they first came to the Brazilian Center, there was nothing there besides the building and a few chairs, but with the help of members and other volunteers, the Creative Alliance transformed the center, even going from the Second Saturday to the last Saturday of the month.

“We [Creative Alliance] built the stage, some of us painted the murals, some hung the lights, and we helped purchase the benches, planted a garden and I built a sign by hand,” said Vasquez.

The Many Cycles of Unity kicked off at 7 p.m. this past Saturday, but most people didn’t arrive until just after the first performance by Yung Croc, a local hip-hop artist. Though Yung Croc had a small crowd, they kept their energy up, jumping and dancing on the stage.

That’s when the small Brazilian Center was filled up inside and outside as the sun began to set, and was filled with life and color, as people went inside to see the vendors, grab some food and drinks, or come outside to listen to music in between sets.   

According to Vasquez, all are welcome, no matter who they are.

“Our mission statement is, ‘To merge the creative gaps on and off the campus and give back to the community,’” said Vasquez.
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Unity was more than a theme or a mission statement, but what Creative Alliance and the Brazilian Center represents to the people who came to the Last Saturday art show.

The emcee for the night, Moon Magic, a local rapper and artist, said that the last  Saturday art shows are about coming together and supporting each other.  

“It’s important to know the event aims to bring [a] diverse group of creatives together to share our mission, share our story and be able to build with one another,” said Moon Magic, “[to] have a place where artists can come to build and exchange, whether it be knowledge, artistry or emotional and friendship type of level.”

The second performance of the night was by another rapper, FICY, who presented his music despite technical difficulties that affected all the performers of the night, yet the crowd still cheered him on and grooved to his set.

Vasquez said that when it comes to planning the last Saturday event, it takes weeks of Creative Alliance meetings, creating posters and making listings to attract vendors, musicians and artists to come out to the event.

“What I do twice a month is create posters, use social media and craigslist to put advertisement for seeking performers and vendors,” said Vasquez.“I generated an application for the artist specifically, and another for vendors.”

One vendor was Nat Freeman, a former City College student, who creates music and poetry, said he’s excited to take part in more events with the Creative Alliance, an that the support and unity vibe is contagious and takes over.

“I remember the first time I came to this event, it was so small and now it’s getting bigger and bigger,” said Freeman. “There’s more artists, more vendors and more people signing for the open mics. It’s awesome.”

The Cycles of Unity wrapped up with the final performance by The Original Man Group, a rap duo, which was followed by the open mic.

Vasquez said the Creative Alliance is still looking to grow the club and projects they’ve always wanted to do.

“We want to publish an annual magazine where we publish art, poetry, photography and graphic design work,” said Vasquez. “We also wanted to publish an album and some more dramatic people like theater and comedians. Those are the little things that I’m trying, striving to obtain as the club president.”

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