• Recuérdanos: VIP Reception Fundraising

    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • From 6 PM to 9 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • $30 Admission, or 2 for $50

    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts cordially invites you to our Day of the Dead VIP Reception: "Remember Us • Recuérdanos."

    "Flight of our Ancestors" Altar Installations Tour from 6 to 6:30 pm!

    Special performance by Cascada de Flores at 7 pm!

    Appetizers, drinks, desserts & Ponche de Muerto.

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    For the last 41 years, ​MCCLA has promoted, developed and celebrated the Latino arts & culture ​ in San Francisco's Mission District. MCCLA offers ​over 35 art, performing and visual art classes, the MAS (Multicultural Arts) summer program, ongoing gallery exhibits, and numerous artistic and cultural presentations. It is also the home of Mission Gráfica, its own printmaking facility.​

    MCCLA engages the community in the celebration of a cultural calendar and through numerous partnerships with artists and cultural groups ​who share a common vision: to make arts ​accessible to all. Que viva el arte y la cultura!

    Cascada de Flores Dance Duo

  • Flight Of The Ancestors

    32nd Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition: Vuelo de los Ancestros

    • Soft Opening: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
    • Celebration: Friday November 2, 2018
    • From 6:30 PM to 10 PM
    • Main Gallery (2nd Floor)
    • Free Admission
    • Runs through: September 8, 2018

    Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros is the 32nd Annual Day of the Dead exhibition hosted by Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. The creativity of artists, teachers, artisans, and overall community members has contributed to Day of the Dead evolving into our most iconic exhibit of the year. We carry this tradition forward by welcoming people to express personal, political, and spiritual contemplations of life and death. This year, we have asked people to use butterflies or moths as a metaphor that showcases death as an integral part of the cycle of life.

    Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros is comprised of 16 artists who showcase a unique multidisciplinary Day of the Dead exhibit that fuses tradition with contemporary installations.

    6:45 pm • Blessing the Ancestors Ceremony with Jorge Molina
    7:30 pm • Live music with Locura Trio
    8:30 pm • Live music with La Clandestina (in the theatre)
    9 pm • Fogo na Roupa

    MCCLA dedicates Flight of the Ancestors • Vuelo de los ancestros to René Yañez, who played a pivotal role in establishing the celebration of Day of the Dead in San Francisco. For many years René curated "Rooms of the Dead" exhibit at MCCLA for the community to use as a platform that addressed political issues that inflict death towards our communities.

    Free admission courtesy of:
    • Mi Yucatan
    • Mission Pie
    • Mission Economic Dev Assoc.
    • Rosamunde
    • ArtsCo.Lab

    Suggested Donation: $5

    We open our doors to anyone interested in joining us with related events that are in conjunction with the Flight of the Ancestors exhibit.

    Day of the Dead Archive

  • Call for Cocineros: Mole to Die for 2018

    • Register before November 15th at 6 PM
    • Event date: Friday, Nov 16, 2018
    • Entry Fee: $15

    Bring out your abuelita’s recipe and participate in our 15th Annual mole contest; enjoy the best authentic flavors of traditional Mole! Mole (pronounced moe-lay) comes from the Nahuatl word mōlli (sauce) or chīlmōlli (chile sauce). Mole has a variety of flavors and styles. Come and check it out!

    Contest Rules

    1. While you can cook the Mole with meat, any pieces of meat in the final sauce will be cause for disqualification.
    2. All Mole sauces must be brought in a crockpot.
    3. Contestants must bring their own serving spoon.
    4. Bring your Mole to MCCLA at 5:30pm on Friday, November 16th.
    5. Because the contest has become very popular, bring enough Mole for 200 samples (served in 2oz cups.)

    Prizes

    • 1st Place: $300
    • 2nd Place: $200
    • 3rd Place: $100

    Contact: Alejandro Meza (415) 643-2796 or events@missionculturalcenter.org

    Llamado a los Cocineros: Mole Para Morirse

    • Fecha Límite: 24 de Agosto a las 6 PM
    • Fecha del evento: 7 de Septiembre, 2018
    • Registro: $15

    ¿Tienes una receta de Mole que trae a todos chupandose los dedos? ¿Aún conservas la receta de tu abuelita?

    Reglas del concurso

    1. Puedes cocinar el Mole con carne, pero no debe haber ningún pedazo de carne en la salsa. (Será motivo de descalificación.)
    2. Todas las salsas de Mole deben ser traídas en una olla eléctrica (crockpot).
    3. Todos los concursantes deben traer sus propias cucharas para servir.
    4. Debes traer tu Mole al MCCLA a las 5:30pm el día viernes 7 de Septiembre
    5. Ahora que el concurso es muy popular, prepara suficiente salsa para 200 degustaciones de vasitos de 2 oz cada uno.

    Premios

    • 1er Lugar: $300
    • 2do Lugar: $200
    • 3er Lugar: $100

    Contacto: Alejandro Meza (415) 643-2796 or events@missionculturalcenter.org

  • Flight of the Ancestors - Day of the Dead 2018

    Artist Call: El Vuelo de los Ancestros

    • Deadline for entries: August 3, 2018
    • Selected artists notified: August 15th
    • Installation: September 18th to October 6th

    The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is honored to host its 32nd annual Day of the Dead, “Flight of the Ancestors,” “El Vuelo de los Ancestros”. Flight of the Ancestors is a spiritual journey inspired by butterflies, their lives, migrations, and mythology with death.

    El Vuelo de los Ancestros is dedicated to Rene Yañez. In remembrance, we summon Rene’s spirit to guide us on towards our own ancestral journey into the cosmos, lighted by his love of the arts. Rene Yañez, thank you for all that you gave us in this lifetime.

    MCCLA is encouraging artists to explore the lives and symbolism of butterflies to remember a loved one or cause. MCCLA accepts traditional altars, contemporary installations, paintings, film, new media, photography, written work/ poetry, and music.

    Important Dates

    • Soft opening: October 9, 2018
    • Celebration: November 2nd
    • Exhibit dates: October 9th to November 17th
    • Work retrieval: November 27th to November 30th

  • En El Cielo Como En La Tierra: Dia De Muertos 2017

    31st Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition: En El Cielo Como En La Tierra

    • Soft Opening: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    • Celebration: November 2, 2017
    • $7 Admission
    • Runs through Nov 17, 2017
    • Main and Inti-Raymi Galleries (2nd Floor)

    MCCLA invites you to experience interactive installations for The Day of the Dead 2017. In this exhibition, there is an opportunity to impact the senses along with the mind through a journey of a special place where legends, images, textures, aromas, and colors promise an intimate participation of tradition in this celebration.

    Come and enjoy the "Monumental Altar" of Huaquechula Puebla, Mexico; an elaborate altar in collaboration with Manos Creativas, and interact with the altars created in honor of our "Heroes of the Mission" by Adrían Arias.

    Program

    6:00pm - 6:30pm - Coro Redes y Cantos de Chapala
    6:30pm - 7:00pm - Blessing of the altars by Aztec Dancers
    7:00pm - 7:30pm - Mariachi Kid - Daniel Ordoñez
    8:00pm - 8:30pm - Liz Boubion (Dance Performance)
    9:00pm - 9:30pm - Chooti-Maa (Raps and songs)
    9:30pm - 11:00pm - Turbo Sonidero (Cumbia)
    9:30pm - 11:00pm - Fogo Na Roupa (OUTSIDE)

    Manos Creativas: "In Heaven as on Earth"

    "Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven..."

    Manos Creativas makes an allegory of tradition as well as the celebration of the Day of the Dead. This tradition has been shared by many Mexicans in different places around the world where they establish their home. Among the most spectacular are the colorful altars of the dead that are filled with elements that symbolize the devotion and love of each one.

    Manos Creativas is a group of artists and craftsmen of San Francisco whose main objective is to explore different handcrafting techniques used on Mexican folk art by working with diverse materials, textures, colors, paintbrush strokes, sculpting, and modeling.

    This is an autonomous group is made up of: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, and Javier Juárez.

    Heroes of the Mission: Interactive Drawings-Altars by Adrián Arias

    In memory of five artistic heroes of the Mission district, there are five large interactive altars in the Inti-Raymi gallery. They represent the art advocates of the neighborhood that have left an imprint in poetry, education, journalism, and music.

    Above all, they exemplified that anyone can be an artist in the community. In our community here at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts they contributed an important artistic message to the youth that engages in our center on a daily basis.

    They are truly missed.

    Francisco X. Alarcón, poet (1954-2016)
    Michael Roman, visual artist (1956-2016)
    MamaCoAtl, singer and poet (1965-2015)
    Carlos Ramirez, poet and educator (1938-2013)
    Alfonso Texidor, poet and journalist (1938-2013)

    Adrian Arias is an American poet and visual artist. He was born in Peru and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000. Winner of important prizes in poetry and visual arts in Peru, Argentina, Japan, Macedonia and the US. He has published thirteen books and chapbooks and his poetry and visual art to traveled the world. Adrian is also a cultural promoter and aRtivist.

    Manos Creativas: "En el Cielo como en la Tierra"

    "Celebrando en la Tierra, la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo..."

    Manos Creativas hace una alegoría de la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos. Esta tradición que ha sido llevada y compartida por muchos mexicanos a diferentes lugares al rededor del mundo en donde establecen su hogar, entre lo más espectacular están los coloridos altares de muertos llenos de elementos que simbolizan la devoción y el amor de cada quien.

    Presentamos con gusto la recreación de un “Altar Monumental” de Huaquechula Puebla, México; un hermoso y elaborado altar como pieza central de la Expo Día de Muertos 2017 del MCCLA titulada : “En la Tierra como en el Cielo”. En esta exibición existe la oportunidad de impactar literalmete los sentidos y la mente a través de un recorrido por un lugar especial, donde las leyendas, las imágenes, las texturas, los aromas y los colores prometen un acercamiento y una participación más íntimos a la tradición y celebración del Día de Muertos.

    Manos Creativas es un grupo de artistas de San Francisco, con el objetivo de explorar diversas técnicas artesanales de México a través de los materiales, texturas, colores, pinceladas, escultura, etc.

    Grupo autónomo conformado por: Marco Nava, Jorge Bermeo, Estela Nava, Gabriela Lozano, Manuel Ayala, y Javier Juárez. Cuyo compromiso es el de recrear, disfrutar y presentar obras diseñadas e inspiradas en la artesanía mexicana. Muchas otras personas colaboran como voluntarios.

  • Ofrendas Para Las Animas

    30th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition: Ofrendas para las ánimas

    • Dates: October 1 to November 19, 2016
    • 2nd Floor Galleries
    • $2 admission

    Ofrendas para las ánimas (Offerings for the souls) features artistic ofrendas by: Amelia Berumen, Anita De Lucio, Aurelio Melchor Pimentel, Bryan Perez, John Martinez & family, Julia Rivera, Lillian Botello, Manos Creativas, Marco Razo, Nancy Ledesma, Orlando de la Garza, Regina Meredith Fitiao, Susana Gomez, and Susan Mathews.

    In our Inti-Raymi gallery, we feature photographs from a series titled, “Muerte, Culto, y Devoción”, taken by David Trujillo. David’s photographs captured significant aspects of the indigenous ritual of Day of the Dead in Michoacán, Veracruz, and Tabasco. These photographs display diverse scenarios that manifest a Mesoamerican ceremony towards their ancestors.

    Come experience this intimate remembrance and celebration of our loved ones who have passed away.

    Activities for "Day of the Dead Celebration" 2016

    The Lobby

    Message by Arturo Mendez | 6:30
    Lectura de Poesia con Quetzal 5 | 7:00 - 7:30
    Cuento de Dia de Muertos | 7:30 - 8:00
    Serenata a Juan Gabriel con Daniel Ordonez | 8:30 - 9:00
    Teatro Nahual presentacion | 9:00 - 9:15
    Calaveritas & Open Mic | 9:15 - 10:00

    The Theater

    Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Nahuala (Mexico, 2007) | 6:30 - 8:00
    Cuentos de Cipotes de Ricardo Barahona, Shorts (El Salvador, 2006) | 8:00 - 8:20
    Q&A with Ricardo Barahona | 8:20
    Movie Showing: La Leyenda de la Llorona (Mexico, 2011) | 8:30 - 10:00

    The Galleries

    Activity Hour Blessing done by "Xico" Xavier Garza | 6:30 -7:30
    Welcome Message by Angelica Rodriguez | 7:30
    Solera Choir directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar | 8:00 - 8:45
    Musical Presentation by "Sin Nombre" | 9:00 - 10:00
    Program Ends | 10:00

    El Cafe de la Muerte

    Chocolate y pan de Muerto for all!!!
    First come, first served.

  • Ofrendas Para Las Animas

    Day of the Dead 2016: Open Call to Artists

    • Entry Deadline: Aug 26, 2016
    • Selected Artists Notified: August 31st

    As one of the first spaces where the innovative Day of the Dead was established in San Francisco, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is honored to be hosting its 30th Day of the Dead.

    Ánimecheri Kéjtsitakua (Ofrendas para las Animas - Offerings for the souls) originates from the Purepecha community.

    More Important Dates:

    • Installation time frame: September 13th to 30th
    • Soft Opening: October 1st
    • Celebration: November 2nd
    • Exhibition ends: November 19th

  • Dia de muertos 2015: The Bones of Our Ancestors

    29th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition: The Bones of Our Ancestors

    • Opening: Friday, October 16, 2015
    • Main and Inti-Raymi Galleries (2nd Floor)
    • $2 Admission
    • Runs through November 20th

    "The Bones of Our Ancestors: Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra’s Missions" reinterprets the theme of Dia de Los Muertos to memorialize the endurance and survival of Indigenous Peoples and protest the recent canonization of Junipero Serra by Pope Francis of the Catholic Church.

    Curators Celia Herrera Rodriguez (artist) and Theresa Harlan have selected 15 artists to create bold works to present an indigenous (i.e., Native American) response to the aftermath of Serra’s mission building and to call attention to the continued persistence of indigenous peoples across the Americas. The exhibition spans photography, installations, animation, painting, prints, and a mural.

    Featured Artists: Dugan Aguilar, Jesús Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leaños, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie L. Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, and Fan Warren.

    Also, MCCLA is proud to announce that in honor of Day of the Dead we will screen the trailer for the documentary Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions, by award-winning director Victor Mancilla, plus two short clips from the director's new Dia de Los Muertos film currently in production.

    The full film, Searching for Posada: ART and Revolutions will screen on Friday November 20. Director, Victor Mancilla and film producers Jim Nikas and Maryanne Brady are scheduled to appear for Questions and Answers at the November 20 screening.

    Day of the Dead Events

    Day of the Dead Tours

    By appointment from October 20th to November 18th.

    10th Annual Mole Contest

    • Wednesday, November 18th in the Gallery
    • $10 General Admission
    • $7 plate of food

    Searching for Posada: Art and Revolutions(s)

    • Friday, November 20th
    • Film Presentation with Q&A
    • $10 Admission

    Art and Revolution(s) is the untold story of Posada shot on location in Mexico. For the first time the fascinating story of Mexico’s famed artist¬printer Jose Guadalupe Posada is revealed. From his work over 100 years ago springs an unbelievable sphere of influence and inspiration touching and connecting events like the Mexican Revolution, artists fighting the Nazis and Fascism, Lucha Libre, the Cuban Revolution, the Grateful Dead, Day of the Dead, Chicana/o art and the images of today’s social movements. Directed by Victor Mancilla, Executive Producers Jim Nikas & Maryanne Brady.

    "Los huesos de nuestros antepasados": La resistencia y supervivencia más allá de las Misiones de Serra

    • Inauguración: 2 de Noviembre, 2015
    • De 6 a 11 PM
    • Precio: $10
    • Galería principal (2do piso)
    • Del 16 de Octubre al 20 de noviembre, 2015

    Esta exposición reinterpreta el tema del Día de los Muertos en memoria de la resistencia y la supervivencia de los pueblos indígenas y protesta por la reciente canonización de Junípero Serra por el Papa Francisco de la Iglesia Católica. Curadores Celia Herrera Rodríguez (artista) y Theresa Harlan han seleccionado 15 artistas para crear obras audaces para presentar un indígena (es decir, nativos americanos) como respuesta a las consecuencias de la construcción de la misión de Serra y llamar la atención sobre la persistencia continuada de los pueblos indígenas en las Américas . La exposición abarca la fotografía, instalaciones, animación, pintura, grabados, y un mural.

    Se proporcionará chocolate caliente gratuito y pan de muerto.

    Artistas: Dugan Aguilar, Jesús Barraza, Melanie Cervantes, Juan Fuentes, Tricia Jameson-Rainwater, Jean LaMarr, John J. Leaños, L. Frank Manriquez, Cherrie L. Moraga, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Kanyon Sayers-Roods, Alicia Bernal Siu, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, y Fan Warren.

  • 28th Annual Day of the Dead: Recrea, Renueva, Reusa: Un Ciclo Infinito

    • Dates: October 11 to November 14, 2014
    • Altar Installations: October 11, 2014

    The path of all beings does not have a beginning or an end. Instead, each of us follows a cycle that renovates itself effortlessly. We may say we are recycled material from our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and fore-bearers, which in turn are manifestations of our more distant ancestors. “Recrea, Renueva, Reusa: Un Ciclo Infinito” is a loop of existence that recycles itself. For our 2014 Day of the Dead exhibition, MCCLA wants to explore the themes of Recreate (Recrea), Renew (Renueva), and Reuse (Reusa) as unavoidable cycles in our lives.

    Curator: Demetrio Barrita

    Contact: gallery@missionculturalcenter.org

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