We put the party and YOU came... it was awesome!
35 years of existence is no easy feat. The endurance, commitment and adherence to those original values which inspired the creation of any for which the organization was created, ought to be acknowledged, and yes, celebrated.
That is why last Friday, October 5th, MCCLA celebrated its 35th anniversary of Arts & Culture in San Francisco’s Mission District with its Corazon del Barrio Awards of Excellence Benefit Gala. The event brought the community together to honor the excellence and dedication of 5 local artists, a band of young musicians, and 2 very special volunteers.
The evening started with a VIP reception in the Gallery, with music from World’s Sync (Amelia Romano & Josh Mellinger). The Corazon del Barrio Awards Ceremony followed right after in the theatre, with Maria Leticia Gomez, Univision’s news anchor, as MC. The After Party Pachanga at the Gallery, with Orquesta Adelante was the perfect closure to a great celebration.
MCCLA Board and Staff thanks all those who came to congratulate our artists and to celebrate our 35th. Thanks to those attended the event, and even those who could not make it but whose heart was present, and to those who supported us with their time, donations and sponsorship.
Que vivan las Artes!
SPECIAL THANKS go to: Awardees
Alejandro Murguia (Poetry / Literature)
Zenon Barron (Dance)
Metzi Henriquez & Jose Rivera /Fogo Na Roupa (Performing Arts)
Ester Hernandez (Visual Arts)
The Mission District Young Musicians Program (Music)
and Alfonso Ochoa and Isabel Barraza (volunteers).
Tom D’Caigny - SF Arts Commission Cultural Affairs Director
Hon. Supervisor David Campos
Joaquin Torres - Mayor’s Community Liaison
Mistress of Ceremony
Maria Leticia Guzman - Mistress of Ceremony - Univision TV News Anchor
Amelia Romano & Joshua Mellinger (World’s Sync)
Kerensa DeMars - (Zambra Flamenca)
Mala Junta (Tango)
35th Anniversary Committee / MCCLA Staff & Volunteers
AQUI EN ESPAÑOL
As a cultural activist/artist/printmaker, Juan Fuentes has dedicated his work to supporting and being part of a global movement for social change. His work addresses issues related to communities of color, social justice, and international struggles for liberation. Fuentes is a member of Consejo Grafico, an independent network of Latino printmakers from throughout the US. In May 2011 Fuentes curated an exhibition of the members of Consejo Grafico at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. He was the director of Mission Grafica for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007.