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510 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
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MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose
Founded in 1989 as the result of a broad community mobilization in the City of San Jose and nationwide on behalf of multicultural arts, MACLA has promoted since its inception a vision of arts programming as a vehicle for civic dialogue and social equity. A hybrid urban arts space located in downtown San Jose and rooted in the Chicano/Latino experience, MACLA intersects many communities, cultures, and aesthetics approaches. From this genesis in advocacy and activism, MACLA has evolved into a community-based arts organization identified in 2003 by Cultural Initiatives Silicon Valley as Santa Clara County’s “most practiced and mature site of cultural-citizenship-building through participatory arts.” More than 30,000 children, youth, young adults, families and community residents participate in the 50 programs MACLA produces each year in four coreprogram tracts: visual arts; performance and literary arts; youth arts education; and community development through the arts. The cross-pollination of Latino and non-Latino audiences has been a distinctive feature of MACLA since its inception. Our patrons, audiences, and participants are 70% Latino and 30% non-Latino. A large part of our programs are geared towards creating opportunities for interaction between traditional audiences and new art forms and emerging artists.

While there are several excellent Latino cultural organizations in San Jose and the Bay Area, MACLA stands apart in the field. First, MACLA has demonstrated a commitment to emerging Latino artists and audiences and secondly, MACLA has a solid record of collaboration with other nonprofit organizations and community partners. Many of these collaborations are not strictly related to arts programming, but often time seek to develop the well being of the Latino community as a vital force in society. The most significant example was MACLA’s participation in incubating and organizing the first charter school in San Jose, Downtown College Prep, which serves primarily Latino youth without a family history of college attendance.
510 South First Street San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-998-2783
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