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About Us

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.

Over 40 years of work encourage us to continue with our mission: developing, promoting and preserving the Latino Cultural values through arts. MCCLA’s theater, gallery, arts and printmaking facilities, and class offerings make art accessible to all, providing an opportunity that is often lacking to those with limited financial resources.

We are so proud that:

  • We offer 35 + classes a week in multiple artistic disciplines.
  • Low cost and free art education programs are offered for adults and children.
  • Numerous artists from Mission Gráfica, our very own printmaking studio, have shown their work in exhibits throughout USA, Latin America and abroad.
  • Renowned artists from around the world have performed and exhibited at MCCLA.
  • 2,500 plus prints from Mission Gráfica / La Raza Graphics Collection are now housed at UC Santa Barbara for public access.
  • The recent restoration of the Spirit of the Arts Mural, highly visible in the heart of the Mission, will increase social cohesion between the incoming and historical communities in the Mission District.

The history of MCCLA is directly linked to a concept that embodies the pre-Cortezan belief that culture is not something that is static but rather is linked to an ever-changing future that is reflected by contemporary actions and activities. This has been the path that MCCLA has followed for the last 40 years.

Our Sponsors


Associated Students Inc
Bill Graham Foundation
Charities Aid Foundation America
Estella Sanchez through Sol Collective
Latino Action Network
San Francisco Arts Commission
Williams Sonoma Foundation
Zellerbach foundation

Local Organizations

Aspiration Tech
Community Thrift Store
Mission Neighborhood Center
Osorio Insurance

Individual Donors

Aaron Glick
Aida Salazar
Angela Nguyen-Dihn
Armida Duron
Benjamin Howard
Bryan Springmeyer
Burton Dyantha
Caitlin Collentine
Carolina Galindo
Cathy Davalos
Chunfen Pierce
Claire Merced
Cristine Cristine
Daniela Yew
David Fu
Deborah Ronay
Denis Bennet
Diane Bellas
Dolores Carillo
Dr. Tato Torres
Ema Williams
Emily Klion
Erendira Leyva
Erin M Bolick
Eve Bower
Flora Colao
Francisco Gomez
Gary Fusco
Gayle Pirie
Giuliana Blasi
Hannah Krier
Harlan Hoffman
Heather Johnson
Heather Rosiles
Helen Pinto
Jane Varalli
Jen McGraw
Jennie E Rodriguez
Jill Stanton
JoBrainin Rodriguez
Jovita Molina
Kamaria Carnes
Karen Butterworth
Katie Miller
Laura Ernde
LeeAnn DiCicco
Lisa Acree
Lolita Casazza
Lulula Lee
Lynn Alicia Franco
Maria Anaya
Maricarmen Arjona
Marissa Litman
Marta Guzman
Mary Gorski
Melanie Tamayo
Monica Conrady
Ned Viall
Nelly Reyes
Nora Roman
Olivia Clay
Patricia Acosta
Robert Retana
Roberta L Romines
Rosa Cecilia Guido
Rosa E Jaquez
Rube Domi
Ruby Rieke
Shawn Wrobel
Sona Agarrwal
Steve Cady
Steve H
Terese Gramcko
Theresa Salazar
Verna Bayani
Xochitl Benson and David Williams