Mission: To provide an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience.
About the organization: Founded in 1989, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana promotes a vision of arts programming as a vehicle for civic dialogue and social equity. In addition to engaging emerging Latinx artists and audiences, MACLA collaborates with other nonprofits and community partners to promote the well-being of the Latinx community. The organization also was instrumental in incubating and organizing Downtown College Prep, the first charter school in San Jose.
Current programs: MACLA's program offerings include visual arts and exhibitions featuring new work and the artistic interventions of Latinx and Latin-American artists; performances and literary events; youth education (DMC Studio, for teens, and Family Art Day, for small children); and a community arts program that brings together artists, audiences, and residents in workshops and other spaces where they can interact and develop a deeper mutual understanding.
The organization also offers two artist residencies annually and events featuring national touring professionals, and commissions a new work every other year. The organization's Community Access Program provide artists of color with access to the Castellano Playhouse, technical assistance and organizational and administrative support, regional promotion, and fiscal sponsorship.
COVID-19 response: While MACLA's public programming is on hold due to the pandemic, its Stories from La Sala series provides online videos, performances, tutorials, and talks by local artists.
Funding: MACLA is supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, government agencies, and program fees.