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Mauricio Santos: Celebrate a Lifetime

Mauricio Santos: Celebrate a Lifetime. Friday, May 20, 2022 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St, San Francisco CA.

  • Friday, May 20, 2022 from 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St, San Francisco CA

Mauricio Santos was born in El Salvador and migrated to San Francisco in the early 1960s. He graduated from Balboa High School and attended CCSF in 1968 and graduated from SF State College in 1970. He was known as “el gordo”, and had a jovial and vibrant personality, and was known for his sense of humor and his perennial smile. Mauricio enjoyed life to the fullest.

He… Read More

SF Arts Commission Career Opportunity


The San Francisco Arts Commission is hiring two Program Officers for Arts and Culture.

  • Department: Arts Commission
  • Job Class: 1842-Management Assistant
  • Role Type: Permanent Exempt
  • Hours: Full-time


Make your mark on the City of San Francisco as the Arts Commission's Program Officer. As the Art Commission’s Program Officer, you will support the Community Investments (CI) team to administer over $8 million in annual grant investments, develop community engagement activities, and increase technical assistance and professional development workshops for San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically marginalized communities.

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is the City agency that champions the arts as essential to daily life by investing in a vibrant arts community, enlivening… Read More

SCRAP is Seeking Teaching Artists in the Visual Arts


"We are seeking working teaching artists who work primarily in the visual arts to support our arts education program, SCRAP in a Box, which is administered during the fall, spring and summer semesters in multiple week units where relationships with students are central to the position. We work through partnerships with community organizations and afterschool programs with students from ages 5-17

We want to work with teaching artists who are interested in working collaboratively with our programs department to design and develop curriculum utilizing repurposed materials from SCRAP and with lesson plans that relate to or emphasize environmental consciousness.

We would like applicants to have a demonstrated commitment to developing connections with students and who have the… Read More

Latinx Teaching Artist Fellowship


Priority Deadline: Monday, May 9, 2022

About the Latinx Teaching Artist Fellowship

Root Division is currently seeking applicants for the 2022-23 Latinx Teaching-Artist Fellowship (LTAF). In its 13th year, the fellowship provides free studio workspace to two Latinx artists in exchange for being an integral part of Root Division’s Studios Program. In large part, the commitment involves teaching classes two afternoons per week at Mission Education Center (MEC), a K-5 newcomer school for children who have recently emigrated from Latin America to San Francisco.

Working as teaching-artists in residence for the full school year, LTAFs develop and facilitate projects in our My Two Homes curriculum, which guides students in discussions, story-telling, and art-making around in their transition… Read More

Juan Pablo Gutiérrez – A Life Remembered

Tres Hermanas de Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, 2016.

Saturday March 26, 2022, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Mission Neighborhood Center

362 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA (Between 18th and 19th Streets)

RSVP to before Monday, March 21, 2022

Calaca Con Big Headdress by Juan Pable Gutierrez, 2016

Limited in-person admittance due to COVID precautions

Protective masking and vaccinations are requested for everyone's safety

Los muertos no se venden, pero sí se recurdan!

El Colectivo del Rescate Cultural

Artwork: Juan Pablo Gutiérrez, Tres Hermanas, 2016; Calaca Con… Read More

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, presents its new Executive Director Dr. Martina Ayala!

Dr. Martina Ayala is a visionary leader, founder and pioneer of innovative programs and schools, consultant, and management executive of 35 years, working for different institutions of higher education, and social service nonprofits serving inter-generational multicultural communities.

An award-winning filmmaker, recognized educator, and community leader. She has curated art exhibits in San Francisco and Los Angeles focusing on the Day of the Dead, gentrification, curanderismo and women. Dr. Ayala has produced numerous concerts and cultural events through Martina La Latina Productions throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Mexico.

She is an academic scholar and activist that holds a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from University of San Francisco. Her life’s work has focused on Chicano film, spirituality,… Read More


Dear MCCLA friends, colleagues, and community,

With sadness and gratitude, we announce that after 24 years of service, MCCLA’s Executive Director Jennie Rodriguez, intends to transition from MCCLA in early 2022. The MCCLA community will miss her leadership.

Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and did postgraduate work in Languages and Translation and Interpretation at the University of Puerto Rico. Jennie came to SF in 1983 and has since been a proud resident of the Mission District, where she became a small business owner for 13 years while serving on multiple boards, associations and community groups.

As Executive Director at MCCLA, Jennie oversaw… Read More

Yolanda Lopez (1942 – 2021)

Mission Cultural Cultural Center for Latino Arts expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Yolanda Lopez, visual artist, activist, and important figure in our community. Vuela alto en nuestras memorias!

photo of Yolanda Lopez

Image description (from Los Angeles Times): For her self-portrait, López painted herself exuberantly running in white sneakers while clutching a rattlesnake in one hand and holding the saint’s star-patterned mantle in the other. In the second piece, her sunburst-enveloped mother sews the blue cloth back together. The final image shows her grandmother sitting on La Virgen de Guadalupe’s mantle, holding a knife and a skinned… Read More

Vaccination Required

As of August 20th, 2021, MCCLA will require visitors to present proof of vaccination to enter the facility.

A partir del 20 de agosto del 2021, MCCLA pedirá a la audiencia un comprobante de vacunación para… Read More

Corazón abierto – Abriendo puertas juntos

We are happy to finally announce that MCCLA is opening its doors after a 15 month closure! As the City reopens on June 15, 2021, so is our favorite Latinx cultural and artistic spot in San Francisco’s Mission District. We surely missed you all, all this time (and suspect you did too). Today, we are looking forward to reconnecting and re-encountering meaningfully in this new beginning.It will take us time to “recover” from the aftermath of such a virus, as well as a good dose of patience to deal with an uncertain environment, and restore our community’s confidence. MCCLA Staff and Board, can assure more than ever its commitment to a diverse, culturally relevant programming, and to an artistically engaging… Read More