A Cultural Experience Since 1977

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people.

MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community's development and well-being.

Upcoming Events

  • Diez Fridas

    Diez Fridas


    Opening: Tues July 17th, 2018
    6:30pm to 9pm • Donations Welcome
    Ch'In Kana Gallery (3rd floor)
    Runs through September 5, 2018
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    Diez Fridas is a collective presentation about faces and symbols of the artistic universe of Frida Kahlo. Ten visual artists show us their conception of the figure and permanence of a great artist.

    Curators: Maria Motta, Alejandro Meza.

    List of artists:
    Carlos Pillado
    Jhovany de la Ala
    Mara P Hernandez
    Maria Motta
    Marsha Shaw
    Roberto Marosi
    Sonia Leticia
    Shane Izykowsky
    Sakino Wu
    Victor Navarrete

    Information contact: events@missionculturalcenter.org

  • Frida: Naturaleza Viva

    Frida: Naturaleza Viva


    Movie club • Wednesday 18th • 7pm • $7 • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! Different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo her circumstances, challenges and vision of a great artist.

    Frida: Naturaleza Viva by Paul Leduc

    The most prominent female painter of Latin America, Frida Kahlo, is agonizing in her Coyoacán home. She evokes memories of her childhood, of the streetcar accident that caused her terrible pain and affliction, her friendship with Trotsky and painter Alfaro Siqueiros, her marriage to Diego Rivera, her miscarriage, her political commitment, her love affairs and the anticipated exhibition of her works.

  • Raices de Puerto Rico

    Raíces de Puerto Rico


    SAT 21st • 1st FlooR • THEATRE
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm • Music concert • $15

    An evening of Bomba, Plena y Música Jíbara Puertorriqueña y Latinoamericana featuring cultural treasure Jesus Cepeda Brenes with Taller Bombalele, Madeline y Los Carpinteros with Pedro Pastrana Camacho, Julio Pérez and guest artists.Taller Bombalele with cultural treasure Jesús Cepeda Brenes join Madelina y Los Carpinteros with Pedro Pastrana Camach y Julio Pérez and guest artists in an evening featuring Bomba, Plena, Jibaro and Trova music from Puerto Rico and Latinoamerica. Come witness members of this family of cultural ambassadors, who have been practicing their musical tradition for seven generations uninterrupted.

    Taller Bombalele was founded in Sept. 2014 by Julia Cepeda (granddaughter of Puerto Rican Bomba Patriarch Don Rafael Cepeda Atiles) and Denise Solis (founder/director of Las Bomberas de la Bahia). Taller Bombalele offers Bomba percussion and dance classes and hosts Bombazos (Bomba performed informally in community) throughout the Bay Area. Currently Taller Bombalele classes are offered on Saturday afternoons at Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, CA, please visit their website for more information on classes (www.rhythmix.org).

    The Taller Bombalele Ensemble features students from the classes as well as other musicians from the Bay Area and is directed by Denise Solis and Julia Cepeda.
    Taller Bombalele strives to promote our Afro Puerto Rican roots music and dance tradition of Bomba, by teaching its history, dance, music, and songs through classes, lectures, workshops, and Bombazos to continue to preserve and expand this form of expression in community. Taller Bombalele is also proud to be part of a diverse community in the SF Bay Area and is therefore committed to teaching, learning, and collaboration and in reflection of this community, we welcome our community of different cultural experiences and intergenerational participation. We strive to continually learn, grow and support each other in our learning.

    Madelina y Los Carpinteros is a multicultural Latin American ensemble following the tradition of the Nueva Canción and Nueva Trova – movements that came out of The Americas’ liberation struggles to freshly embody the folk roots with an enriched lyricism – The group sings original compositions as well as unique interpretations of music from Puerto Rico to South America and the Andes. The group features the vocal interpretations of Madelina Zayas (Puerto Rico) and the richly layered and deeply rooted acoustic performance by Fernando Feña Torres (Chile), Denis Schmidt (France), Craig Thomas (US), and special guests.

  • Short Films Frida

    Short films para Frida


    Movie club • Wednesday 7pm • $7 • 18+

    Cine Con Cultura Presents Fiestas Fridas! different documentaries and films tell us the life of Frida Kahlo her circumstances, challenges and vision of a great artist

    Short films and artists:
    Frida in the Mirror by Adrian Arias
    Shit Happens by Lita Cabelut
    The life and Death of Frida Kahlo by David and Karen Crommie.

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