El Centro Latino de Arte y Cultura surgió del Movimiento de Derechos Civiles Chicanos de la década de 1970 y sirvió como un centro para los artistas chicanos de Sacramento. Fundado en 1972 como Librería La Raza, en el 2014 se convirtió en el Centro Latino de Arte y Cultura. Los programas de LCAC reflejan y sirven a los artistas y comunidades marginadas, ya sea por raza, clase, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género y/o estatus migratorio, dándole voz a los representantes de la diáspora latina. Es un centro cultural multidisciplinario que ofrece nuevos conocimientos sobre el arte latino emergente contemporáneo y, al mismo tiempo, apoya y mantiene las tradiciones culturales centenarias que hablan y reflejan la identidad e historia latina.
Nuestro trabajo habla directamente de las necesidades y la realidad socioeconómica de las comunidades marginadas, inculcando el orgullo cultural y fortaleciendo la autoimagen de nuestra comunidad al sostener el arte, la cultura y las tradiciones de las poblaciones latinas de la región.
La inclusión está incorporada en todas las partes de la programación de nuestro LCAC. El personal del Centro, la junta y los miembros de la comunidad que forman parte de nuestra familia transmiten que LCAC es inclusivo, respetuoso de las diferencias y apoya activamente a las poblaciones que históricamente se han definido como "otros".
El Centro presta especial atención a los artistas populares y tradicionales porque mantienen vivas nuestras tradiciones culturales y porque son predominantemente inmigrantes recién llegados. Buscamos y alentamos a los artistas visuales y escénicos emergentes a crecer y arriesgarse mientras exploran su potencial artístico. Nuestra junta y personal provienen de nuestra comunidad. Entre nuestros electores se encuentran nuestros vecinos, compadres y familiares.
o donar con cheque al The Latino Center of Art and Culture, 2700 Front St, Sacramento CA 95818
Su donación nos ayudará a continuar apoyando a los artistas de Sacramento e involucrar a nuestra comunidad en eventos culturalmente relevantes. Todos los artistas e intérpretes reciben un pago por su trabajo.
LCAC es una organización 501 (c) (3).
David Bischoff, Historian
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).
The Latino Center's Director Emeritus, Marie Acosta is well known through the community for her passion and love. Without her, The Latino Center would not be where it is today.
Justin Mata, Secretary
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.
Alma Elizabeth López, Board Chair
Alma currently serves as Youth Justice and Youth Leadership Development consultant and was previously the Executive Director of Brown Issues, a statewide youth-centered leadership organization that cultivates the next generation of Brown Leaders. In this capacity, Alma supports systems change organizing and leads collaborative work with healthcare and education advocates. She also manages the organization’s year-round Sacramento County high school organizing programming on education, healing, civic engagement, and narrative change. Previously, Alma held positions as community organizer, education and health policy analyst, and continues to work directly with youth and their families around immigration, K-12 education, and higher education; topics dear to Alma’s heart. As a first-generation college student, Alma received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University, Sacramento. She was born and raised in Zamora, Michoacán, México, and spends time with her family or playing soccer in her free time.
PPMM Public Affairs Dir. Candelaria Vargas
Greater Sacramento Area/Stockton-San Joaquin/Alameda County
Candelaria Vargas, as a former foster child, grew up throughout the Central Valley and is a proud daughter & granddaughter of migrant farm workers and food service workers. She is an accomplished political and community organizer committed to working to improve the lives of families, especially reconstructing systems that marginalize communities of color. Alumnae of University of the Pacific, BA in Spanish Literature & Pedagogy, Minor in International Affairs & CSU, Stanislaus, Masters in Public Administration (MPA).
Carissa L. Gutiérrez, Executive Director
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.
Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the community and higher education industry. Skilled leader in Community Relations, Student Development, Training, Education, Relationship Building, Compliance, Evaluation, Program Development, Strategic Planned and Diversity and Inclusion. Energetic business development professional with over 15 years relationship building and public relations experience within the community and with business partners.
Raquela Mejia is a woman of many talents. She is the creator, Executive Producer, and visionary of Dinorah Desde, which is now airing on PBS!
Raquela is a Sacramento native that found her way to Los Angeles. Her passion for music and art led her to the City of Angels, where she spent time working in music industry. She loved living there but wanted to be back home in Sacramento, so she began bridging her time between the two cities.
She has had the privilege of working in record promotion and artist relations for WEA Latina Records. In addition, she co-owns Maxima Records with Pierre Garreaud and Gustavo Farias.
In 2016, she released the single "Mantra For Good People," which pays homage to the love and unity of people worldwide and brings together many talented singers from around the world in this gospel-pop song. Raquela is also composer/producer for the upcoming release of teen Alana Nikole's new CD titled "Precious Moments."
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.
Marina Servantez, Treasurer
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.
Max Vargas, Vice Chair
Max is an innovative leader and strategic advocate committed to equity, justice, and liberation. As the Vice President of Economic Justice, Max leads LCF efforts to catalyze and grow the economic security, mobility, and power of the Latino community.
He brings a range of policy, legal, and community experience to LCF and previously served as Deputy Director of First 5 California, where he oversaw legislative, policy, and media initiatives supporting child care, paid family leave, and other essential needs for California families. Prior to that role, Max was Senior Policy Advisor to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs where he supported legislation to address housing access, coordinated COVID-19 response measures, stewarded the expansion of after-school programs, managed climate justice initiatives, coordinated pilots for economic security and opportunity, and contributed to legal briefs in defense of immigrant families, an effective Census count, and health equity.
Max has also worked for the California State Senate, the State Assembly, local workforce development and transportation agencies, and the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS). He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of the Pacific and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law. Max is also an alumnus of the Rose Center’s Equitable Economic Development Fellowship and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and serves on the board of Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte and the Stockton Public Schools Foundation.
Max is a former unaccompanied minor and political asylee from Peru whose personal story and career arc are rooted in reimagining the values and systems we uphold and for whom we uphold them. He is a loving father of three and husband to a proud Chicana, and enjoys travel, wine tasting, hip hop, and salsa dancing.