• Recuérdanos: VIP Reception Fundraising


    Fri Oct 19, 2018 • 6 to 9 pm
    $30 Admission • 2 for $50
    Gallery (2nd Floor)

    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!

  • Flight Of The Ancestors

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


    Soft opening: Tues Oct 9, 2018 • 6:30 pm
    Celebration: Fri Nov 2, 2018 • 6:30 pm
    Free Admission • 2nd Floor Galleries
    Runs through November 17, 2018
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    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.

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    Day of the Dead Archive

  • Call for Cocineros: Mole to Die for 2018


    Register before: November 15 • 6pm
    Event date: Fri, Nov 16 2018
    Entry Fee: $15

    Bring out your abuelita’s recipe and participate in MCCLA’s 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!

    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.)

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

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

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    Llamado a los Cocineros: Mole Para Morirse

    Fecha Límite: 24 de Agosto • 6:00pm
    Fecha del evento: 7 de Septiembre
    Registro: $15

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

    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.

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

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

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  • Flight of the Ancestors - Day of the Dead 2018

    Artist Call: El Vuelo de los Ancestros


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

    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.

    Soft opening: October 9
    Celebration: November 2
    Exhibit dates: October 9 to November 17
    Work retrieval: November 27 to November 30

  • 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: Tues October 10, 2017
    Runs through Nov 17, 2017
    2nd Floor Galleries • $2
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    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.

    Celebration: November 2, 2017 • $7 Admission

    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)

    MCCLA Presents: Manos Creativas
    "In Heaven as on Earth"

    "Celebrating on Earth the life of those who are already in Heaven..." Day of the Dead 2017

    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.

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    MCCLA Presenta: Manos Creativas
    “En el Cielo como en la Tierra”

    “Celebrando en la Tierra, la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....” Día de Muertos 2017

    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.

    Celebremos en la Tierra la vida de aquellos que ya están en el Cielo....

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    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


    October 1 to November 19, 2016
    $2 admission • 2nd Floor Galleries
    Tues to Sat • 10am to 5pm

    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.

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    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.

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