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

  • Ana Aranda: Un Color Donde Vivir

    Un Color donde Vivir (A Color to Live In)


    Opening Reception: Tuesday June 12th, 2018
    6:30 to 9pm • Free (donations accepted)
    Ch'in Kana Gallery (3rd Floor)
    Exhibit dates: June 12th to July 13th
    Tuesday to Saturday • 10am to 5pm

    A solo show by Ana Aranda.

    Colors shelter us, like the home of our childhood. Even though we leave home behind, we carry the colors that remind us of it. With a series of illustrations, Mexican visual artist Ana Aranda explores the meaning of home: its transportability and the fantastical elements that shape it.

    Ana’s Biography:

    Ana Aranda was born and raised in Mexico City, where she studied design. From there, she moved to France, where she completed her undergraduate studies in illustration. She now lives in San Francisco, where she obtained her MFA in Illustration.

    Ana’s work has been featured in galleries and museums in the United States, France, Mexico, and Italy. In San Francisco, she has painted murals in the Mission District, for the Consulate General of Mexico, and for the prestigious de Young Museum.

    Her illustrations can be found in picture books published in France and Italy. Ana’s US debut picture book The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (written by Marc Tyler Nobleman, Penguin Random House) was released March 2017. She is currently working on her second picture book and a picture book that she both writes and illustrates.

    Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. Her work focuses on transforming the everyday into fantastical situations, and often include images from nature and whimsical creatures.

  • Love And Pride The Musical

    Love and Pride: The Musical


    Wednesday June 20th and Friday June 22nd, 2018
    7:30pm to 9pm • $15 Admission • Theatre

    Love & Pride is an innovative new musical about identity and dialogue. It features six characters that identify at different points along the spectrums of gender, sex and sexuality, and the conflicts that arise within themselves and with their relationships due to those identities.

  • Cine Con Cultura: La sal de la tierra


    Wednesday, June 27th 2018 • 7 to 9pm
    $7 Donation • Theatre • 18 and up

    We are exploring many different layers of Cinema, this month we are presenting Earth Poetry. Half the price of a commercial complex, double the fun and culture!

    Movies with subtitles in English.

    La sal de la tierra. Wim Wenders. 2014.

    For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last travels, and by Wim Wenders, himself a photographer.

  • Maria Jose Montijo Concert

    Maria Jose Montijo: Concert


    Thursday, June 28th 2018 • 7pm to 9pm
    Inti Raymi Gallery (Second floor) • $10

    Originally from Puerto Rico, Maria Jose Montijo will delight us with her melodious voice and guide us through a sweet sound fantasy. Singing, harp, and percussion.

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