THE LATINO CENTER
The mission of the Latino Center of Art and Culture is to foster artistic, economic and cultural development of the Sacramento region's Latinx community by presenting, exhibiting, and providing excellent artistic programs and services to Latinx artists, organizations and families. In this way, we actively seek social justice for marginalized and underrepresented Sacramento communities.
The Latino Center of Art and Culture grew out of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1970’s and served as a hub to Sacramento’s Chicano artists. Founded in 1972 as La Raza Bookstore, in 2014 the Center became the Latino Center of Art and Culture. LCAC’s programs reflect and serve artists and communities who are marginalized whether by race, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or immigration status, presenting underrepresented voices from the Latino diaspora. We do this as a multi-disciplinary cultural center offering new insights into contemporary, emerging Latinx art and at the same time support and maintain centuries-old cultural traditions that speak to and reflect Latino identity and history.
Our work speaks directly to the needs and socio-economic reality of marginalized communities, instilling cultural pride and strengthening our community’s self-image by sustaining the art, culture and traditions of the regions Latinx populations.
Inclusion is embodied in all parts of our LCAC’s programming. The Center’s staff, board and the community members who are part of our extended family broadcast that LCAC is inclusive, respectful of differences and actively supportive of populations who have historically been defined as “other”.
The Center pays special attention to folk and traditional artists because they carry our cultural traditions and because they are predominantly newly arrived immigrants. We seek and encourage emerging visual and performing artists to grow and take chances as they explore their artistic potential. Our board and staff come from our community. Among our constituents are our neighbors, compadres, and family members.
Marie Acosta: Artistic/Executive Director
Teresa Lerma-Garcia: Administrator
Nicolás Francisco Colón: Social Media Curator
Vidal Beltran: Traditional Art Specialist
Your donation will help us continue to support Sacramento artists and to involve our community in culturally relevant events. All artists and performers are paid for their work.
LCAC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Board Members
Born in Sacramento. Graduate of Jesuit High School and California State University, Sacramento: BA in English/Classical Rhetoric and British 17th Century Literature, minor Latin/Language and Literature; MA in Art/Art History. Worked in English Department (Tutoring Center and Advanced Study Program) and Art Department (Art Gallery and Slide Library). Faculty at Jesuit High School from 1990 to 2016: Program Director and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, teaching Art History, Art of Diverse Cultures, Art of Film, Digital Photography and Broadcast Journalism. Selected exhibitions curated (or co-curated) include “Sin Fronteras/Images of Hope: ¡Reni Templeton Presente!” for Latino Center of Art and Culture (2017); "Co-Madres Artistas" for Sacramento City College and San Jose State University (2014); "Juanishi V. Orosco: Solo Flight/Visions of Aztlan" for La Raza Galeria Posada (2009); "Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community" (based on the research of Maria Ochoa) for California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis, and San Jose State University (2004-2005); "Adelante 2000: Sweet Grass, Cedar and Sage: a truly humanistic vision in the wake of propositions 187 and 209" for California State University Sacramento (2000); "Louie ‘The Foot’ Gonzalez: Within Reach" for California State University Sacramento (1997); "Peter VandenBerge" for California State University Sacramento (1996); "Esteban Villa: Pero Sera Así" for California State University Sacramento (1994); "Robert Else: Retrospective 1990" for California State University Sacramento (1990); "Manuel Neri" for California State University Sacramento (1984); "RCAF Mural Show" for California State University Sacramento (1984).
Board Member since 2014. Aida has her MA in Marriage Family Therapy. Has been an active member of the Sacramento Latino community by working collaboratively with various organizations in the Sacramento Area. Aida currently works for nonprofit mental health organization that serves Yolo and Sacramento County.
Creative industry professional—voiceover, visual artist, and muralist since
2000. Community and cultural advocate participating as
volunteer and consultant, serving boards in the public
and private sector, centered on: education, language,
culture, art, equal opportunity, green economy, women
in technology, social media, and workforce development.
Concurrently serving the State of California providing
leadership in government affairs.
Carissa L. Gutiérrez (Board Chair)
Carissa serves as a Communications Manager at California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Carissa is a communicator focused on strategic messaging and operations optimization and is all about getting the right message across and breaking down silos. She is dedicated to managing interdisciplinary cultural projects with an emphasis in gender and community issues.
Jesús is the proud son of immigrants, a lover of music and a non-profit professional with experience in fundraising, communications and grassroots advocacy. He currently serves as Development Associate at Opening Doors Inc, a non-profit enriching communities by supporting immigrants, refugees, and survivors of trafficking on their path to stability, self-sufficiency, and belonging. He received his Bachelor of Arts from University of San Francisco in 2016 with double majors in Politics and Latin American Studies. He is an alumni of Cristo Rey High School and volunteers as a mentor with the Exodus Project, which offers spiritually-based mentoring and other resources for men and women of all faiths coming out of incarceration and returning to the Sacramento Area.
Justin Mata serves as the Director of Operations and New Business Initiatives for the Minnesota Street Project, an arts organization based in San Francisco. He has volunteered for arts non-profits such as Free Arts NYC, 4Culture (Seattle), Seattle Art Museum and Minnesota Street Project Foundation (San Francisco). As an artist his paintings, installations and videos have been exhibited and screened in galleries and film festivals internationally.
Julia Beckner brings more than 12 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing, and communications to her role as Community Engagement Manager with Opening Doors, Inc. Before joining Opening Doors, Julia worked to end homelessness, raise awareness for child abuse prevention, and to preserve and promote our Downtown Sacramento's cultural history. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Julia co-owned and operated a fair trade retail store focused on marketing the traditional craft work of Central and South America. Julia holds a BA in Art History from California State University, Sacramento.
Marina currently serves as the Director of Education at the CA Park & Recreation Society. In this capacity, she plans education and organizes resources for CA's parks and recreation agencies. She received her BA in Political Science, with minor concentrations in Sustainability and Ethics, Justice & Policy. Marina has spent her entire professional career working for associations serving local governments, and is a strong proponent of the value of local community services and organizations.