our history2

About us

OUR MISSION

Centro Cultural Aztlan is a community based organization with a mission to preserve, develop and promote Chicano/Latino art and culture. The center presents an array of cultural activities that encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves our local heritage, and makes the arts more widely available to residents of all backgrounds, ages and interests.

OUR HISTORY

Centro Cultural Aztlan was established in 1977, by a group of young community organizers active in the Chicano movement and eager to extend its message of pride and empowerment. The vision of those that founded Centro Cultural Aztlan was to build upon the tradition of Chicano and Indigenous culture by creating programs that would involve local artists and increase public awareness of their work.

Participants in our programs represent the full spectrum of the arts: poets and other writers, performing artists, musicians, as well as visual artists. Some are students; others are emerging professionals. Whether they perform their work on stage or hang it on the wall, we provide them with the means of expression: materials and instruction or display space, an open mike or a festival stage.

Centro Cultural Aztlan provides a venue for established and emerging artists, local residents and visitors to participate in cultural activities that include fine-arts exhibits, discussions, literary events and community pride celebrations designed to enrich and inspire.

Here’s a short video¬† about Centro Cultural Aztlan, enjoy!

 

Where art and culture come alive!