Cover – Corazón del Barrio

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

40 Años (1977 – 2017)

40th Anniversary Magazine

Issue #4 | December 2017 | San Francisco

Cover image – MCCLA mural restored by its authors, Carlos Loarca and Betsie Miller.

Inside Cover

This magazine was possible thanks to the support of our funders, sponsors and friends.

This Issue is dedicated to all the artists, volunteers, teachers, staff and board working hard during 40 years of Art & Culture in the community.

Production of MCCLA Multimedia Dept.
Director: Jennie E. Rodriguez
Editor: Adrian Arias
Assistance and editing: Mara Hernandez & Rosa Boshier

Collaborators: Chelis Lopez, Erick Argüello, Todd T. Brown, Nina Serrano, Sandra Garcia Rivera, Alejandro Murguia, Jennie E. Rodriguez, Kate Rosenberger, Eva Martinez, Adrian Arias.

Photography: Mara Hernandez, Jennie E. Rodriguez, Deborah Allen, Deby Netzky, Adrian Arias, Patricia Nuñez, Carlos Lopez.

Images (top to bottom):

  • Celebrating the restoration of the MCCLA Mural, presentation of diplomas in the MCCLA Theater.
  • Aztec Dance at the entrance of MCCLA during celebration
  • MCCLA The Day of the Dead 2017, altar by Manos Creativas.
  • Band playing outside the building during the Corazón del Barrio Open House event that every year brings together dozens of artists and the community.
  • Live drawing class in Studio D.

Page 1 – Table of Contents

Corazón del Barrio 2017

Images (top to bottom):

  • MCCLA Staff 2017.
  • MCCLA logo, the Jaguar, restored in 2017.
  • Fogo Na Roupa dancers at the End of Semester Show.

Pages 2 & 3 – Corazón del Barrio 40th Anniversary Gala / Fundraiser Fiesta

Images are photos from MCCLA's 40th Anniversary Gala, depicting:

  • Gala guests eating dinner and posing in front of photo wall
  • Corazón del Barrio awardees La Tania, Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, Paul Flores, Eliana Lopez, Adrian Arias, and Sylvia Ramirez & Roberto Hernandez of Carnaval SF, holding diplomas
  • Performances including La Mixta Criolla, Kid's Latin Drumming Class with Hector Lugo, Ava Apple & The Latin Symbolics, Amelia Romano Harp Trio, Afro-Caribbean Youth Percussion Group, and poetry reading by Adrian Arias

Also pictured is the Gala invitation, which reads:

"Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts Requests Your Presence
40th Anniversary Corazón del Barrio Gala / Fundraiser

Corazón del Barrio Awards of Excellence

The Awards of Excellence Ceremony will honor outstanding individuals that have significantly contributed to the Latino Arts and Culture of the Bay Area:

  • La Tania – Dance
  • Martha Rodriguez-Salazar – Music
  • Paul FloresPoetry/Literature
  • Eliana Lopez – Performing Arts
  • Adrian Arias – Visual Arts
  • Las Quenepas – Youth
  • Carnaval San Francisco – Community Organization"

Pages 4 & 5 – Letter by MCCLA Executive Director Jennie E. Rodriguez

Aquí Estamos y No nos Vamos (atentos, orgullosos y vigilantes)

by Jennie E. Rodriguez, MCCLA Executive Director of MCCLA since 1997

Podemos, como en un reporte anual, recitar estadísticas y unidades de servicio, o filosofar sobre tendencias, estilos y políticas en las artes. Importante como estos puedan ser, preferimos insistir en poner de manifiesto, esa faceta intangible del arte, que como motor vital nos envuelve, nos sacude, nos impulsa a la creación... y nos transforma.

Es por eso que al conmemorar 40 años de servicio en el campo de las artes y la cultura, rendimos un merecido homenaje a un grupo de individuos de gran calibre; estrellas que brillan con luz propia. No se les ha considerado solo por la calidad y la dedicación con que ejecutan su disciplina (que juzgamos excelente), sino que también por su compromiso constante, a través de los años, dando lo mejor de si como grandes artistas y seres humanos. Recordamos también a aquellos artistas que ya no están, pero que sentimos y siguen en nuestro pensamiento colectivo siempre.

Como azúcar en el pastel, el aniversario coincidió con la restauración de nuestro mural El Espíritu de las Artes. Sus artistas originales Betsie Miller-Kusz y Carlos Loarca, regresaron luego de 35 años a restaurar el mural junto a un equipo de jóvenes artistas; dejando un legado de color, forma y belleza para deleite de nuestros sentidos.

Rendimos homenaje de manera especial, a nuestros artistas, maestros, colaboradores, patrocinadores y voluntarios. Ellos también, como nosotros en MCCLA, creen en la necesidad y en el poder de las artes como elemento esencial en nuestra vida. Saludos de corazón a los que consideran al MCCLA como su casa, vengan de lejos o del barrio a compartir arte y pan, como manda la cultura.

Un centro de arte y cultura comunitario, como lugar de trabajo creativo y expresión cultural, es un tesoro. Un tesoro que requiere de nuestra atención, vigilancia y apoyo constante, si ha de continuar existiendo. Si es cierto que "tenemos lo que nos merecemos," entonces hay trabajo que hacer. Nuestro orgullo y herencia cultural nos obliga a contribuir de manera concreta con aquellas instituciones que nos apoyan y nos nutren. Esa es nuestra (tu) tarea para los proximos 40.

Here We Are, And We Won't Move

As in an annual report, we can cite statistics and units of service, or philosophize over trends, styles, and politics in the field of the arts. Relevant though they may be, MCCLA prefers to insist on that intangible facet of the arts; that which, as a vital motor, envelopes, shakes, and moves us into creation, ...and transforms us.

That is why, as MCCLA commemorates 40 years of arts and culture, we pay high homage to a group of high-caliber individuals, who shine with their own light. They have been selected, not only because of the dedication with which they execute their discipline (which we judged excellent), but because of their constant commitment, throughout the years, giving the best of themselves as great artists and human beings. We remember also those artists who are no longer with us, but who are deeply felt and in our collective thought, always!

As icing on the cake,the anniversary coincided with the restoration of our “Spirit of the Arts” mural. Its original creators Betsie Miller-Kusz and Carlos Loarca, came back after 35 years to restore the mural together with a crew of young artists—leaving behind a legacy of color, shape, and beauty for the delight of our senses.

We pay homage in a very special way, to our artists, teachers, collaborators, sponsors, and volunteers. They, as well as us at MCCLA, believe in the need for and the power of the arts as an essential element in our lives. A heartfelt salute to those who consider MCCLA their home, coming from far away or from the barrio to share art and bread, as culture requires.

A community arts and cultural center, as a place where creative work and cultural expression happens, is a treasure. One that requires our constant attention, vigilance, and support if it is to continue to exist. If it is true that "we have what we deserve," then there’s work to do. Our pride and cultural heritage obliges us to contribute, in a concrete way, to support those institutions which support and nurture us as well. That is our (your) task for the next 40!

Images, page 4 (top to bottom):

  • A fragment of the MCCLA mural restored between April and May 2017
  • Jennie Rodriguez holding a sign that says "No Latinos, No Mission, No Culture"
  • Artists Betsie Miller-Kusz and Carlos Loarca restoring the mural

Image, page 5: painters working on the side wall of the MCCLA mural.

Photos by Mara Hernandez.

Pages 6 & 7 – A Beacon of Latino Cultural Expression and Resistance

by Erick Argüello, founder and Council President of Calle 24 Latino Cultural District

40 years after the opening, The Mission Cultural Center continues to be a beacon of Latino cultural expression, hope and pride for the diverse Chicano/Latino community. It is the center piece for the Mission District’s Latino community, the arts, history and resistance.

The 70s was a time of growth for the Missions Latino working class community. We grew not only in population but as a political and cultural force coming out of the Chicano movement in Southern California. It was a time of strife in many central American countries and here at home. Making the Mission District a political hotbed and the official Latino immigrant gateway to San Francisco and the Bay Area.

The Mission, at that time, was fighting redevelopment. Unions, churches, business’s, artist and young activist were leading the way to make sure that our community would be preserved and to make sure our collective voices were heard.

Bay area rapid transit (BART) was cutting through the community, like a knife, promising jobs, opportunity and revitalization, but only spurred on gentrification. Many of our young artists, facing discrimination, did not have the opportunity to exhibit or express themselves completely in traditional galleries.

MCCLA was created by ethnic pride and the lack of Chicano/Latino cultural representation. The work that followed strengthened the communities resolve through the arts and created a place maker for many artist and communities. Not only with-in its walls but through-out the barrio of the Mission. This expression lives on today.

The Mission has experienced explosive and violent gentrification. The boom and todays tech boom has challenged the community once again. As of 2000, 10 Thousand residents have been displaced from the Mission, 8,000 of those were Latinos. Over a thousand entire families were displaced and replaced by individuals making over 150 thousand a year. New development became towers and fortresses for the wealthy. Artist and businesses are being forced to migrate, and our murals are being white washed. Once again, the community rallies to save the barrio.

What makes the Mission attractive to many new comers are the tools that are used to preserve it.

Our murals stand defiant. Over 690 murals adorn the entire Mission the largest outdoor public gallery in the country if not the world. Our events Día De Los Muertos, Carnaval, Baile en Las Calle, Frida Kahlo Festival, Cesar Chavez Festival, and Paseo Artístico represent a culture that is present and strong. The instinct to survive spurs a cultural resistance and renaissance. The lowriders of yesterday are alive, strong and present. Making its presence known through the streets of the Mission and beyond like tanks clearing the way to retake the Mission. Our warriors the Aztec dancers from many tribes, give us our blessings and celebrate our past, reminding us of who we are. The many traditional dances from many countries, shows that we are many and represents our unity. A Calle 24 Latino Cultural District is formed by the community like a fortress to preserve and protect itself.

It’s more important today than ever to look at our past and understand the importance of institutions like the MCCLA today and the gifts and tools they have given us. We must honor the founders, Roberto Vargas, Mario Gallardo, Alejandro Murguia, Alfonso Maciel, Cecilia Guidos, Carlos Cordova and Romeo Gilberto Osorio.

We continue to fight today. The restoration of many of our murals is part of that. The restoration of the MCCLA “Spirit of the Arts” created in 1982 is appropriate and that the spirit of the arts is alive and well.

Arts and culture is one of many tools in the fight against gentrification and forced migration.

Thank You Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.


  • Page 6 – MCCLA Carnaval Contingent 2017, winners of the 1st Place in the Caribbean Category. Photo by Mara Hernandez.
  • Page 7 – Little Aztec dancer girl, following in the footsteps of her ancestors at the opening of Día de los Muertos 2014. Photo by AA.

Pages 8 & 9 – Conversación con René Castro

Chelis López

El MCCLA conmemora sus 40 años de existencia como un referente de la cultura latina en San Francisco: allí han desfilado grandes figuras del mundo de las artes y la política.

Como parte de este balance, las reflexiones de René Castro son imprescindibles, desde Chile abrió el baúl de los recuerdos de sus años en el MCCLA.

René recuerda haber llegado a finales de los 70's al MCCLA.

En ese tiempo, Kemy Oyarzun, Lou Dematteis y Nina Serrano trabajaban en el MCCLA, según nos cuenta René, quien también señala que su conexión en ese entonces para la exhibición "Chile Espoir" fue Nina. Posteriormente, Clayton Capellozi, artista de origen brasileño, invitaría a René a encargarse de lo que era el Departamento Gráfico del Centro Cultural de la Mission. Allí nacerían los primeros afiches de los carnavales de SF.

"Eran tiempos precarios en el Centro, el departamento de gráfica estaba desolado, así que fue una epopeya crear un estudio," señala, y en seguida nos cuenta cómo hicieron una primera mesa de luz, una mesa de impresión neumática usando una aspiradora como vehículo de succión, y una primera lámpara para reproducir esténciles fotográficos.

René cuenta que los primeros convenios económicos fueron becas que otorgaba el California Arts Council. Comparte que su buen amigo y compadre, el reconocido profesor de teatro Carlos Barón, había ganado una beca para teatro, y que al tener que ausentarse por un viaje a Sudamérica, René utilizó ese fondo para el taller gráfico. "¡Carlos Barón se encarga de recodármelo siempre que hablamos del MCCLA!"

Con su buen amigo Carlos Barón, quizás la persona que más lo conoce, realizó varios afiches de obras de teatro que se estrenaron en el teatro del Centro, proyectos en su mayoría en asociación con San Francisco State University, que favorecieron económicamente al Centro.

Otras grandes figuras que René recuerda ayudaron al desarrollo de Mission Gráfica son el artista visual Francisco Letelier y el arquitecto José Letelier, quienes llegaron a San Francisco después del crimen de su padre Orlando Letelier, excanciller chileno asesinado.

Por esos tiempos, Jos Sances llegó como visitante al taller de gráfica. Al darse cuenta de su talento y conocimiento del diseño y producción en serigrafía, René lo invitó a trabajar con ellos y es así como comparten la beca del CAC. De esa manera obtienen los primeros sueldos como trabajadores gráficos en el Centro. “Su llegada cambió significativamente la forma de trabajar en diseño e impresión. Entre él y yo adquirimos equipo y nació lo que después de varias disputas llegó a denominarse Mission Gráfica. Misión en inglés y Gráfica en castellano,” como se le conoce hoy.

Desde principios de los noventa René crearía ahí centenares de diseños con temas religiosos, musicales y políticos, muchos de ellos premiados internacionalmente y que ahora son parte de la colección de importantes lugares como el Smithsonian Institute y The Library of the Congress of USA.

René recuerda haber representado a Mission Gráfica en aquellos años en exposiciones de carácter internacional, en países como México, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Alemania, Japón y por supuesto en Chile; y a nivel nacional en Oregon, Los Ángeles, Chicago y Nueva York.

Ante la posibilidad de retornar a su natal Chile, país del cual estaba exiliado, frente a los cambios políticos que estaban ocurriendo en la recuperación de la democracia, Rene finalizó su labor en este espacio cultural, habiendo sido no solamente director de Mission Gráfica, sino también Director Artístico.

De la labor en equipo con Sharon Blist, Teresa Ramírez, Rosalía Valencia, Rebeca Mauleón y María Martínez nació “Corazón del Barrio”, evento que hasta nuestros días reúne a lo mejor de los artistas visuales de la comunidad.

Otras iniciativas nacidas de ese tremendo equipo son El Gay and Lesbian Show, que sucedía por primera vez en SF; The Women Exhibition, y el Día de los Muertos, organizado por otro de nuestros queridos artistas de la Bahía, René Yáñez.

Castro también recuerda la llegada del reconocido artista oaxaqueño Calixto Robles al Centro, donde hizo sus primeros trabajos gráficos. “Estoy orgulloso de decir que nos acompañó en muchas aventuras gráficas y visuales, hoy es un notable y reconocido artista de San Francisco”, dice René.

Entre sus anécdotas más entrañables recuerda la visita de Bono y Santana al Centro. Ahí, el cantante de U2 comentó que cuando tenía 13 años el primer álbum que compró fue uno de Santana. Otra visita memorable fue la de Rigoberta Menchú, premio Nobel de la Paz.

Cabe mencionar que el apoyo incondicional a la lucha por la liberación de Nicaragua y posteriormente de El Salvador marcó políticamente el compromiso de los trabajadores de Mission Gráfica con la paz.

René Castro, reflexiona en voz alta: "la crisis que vive la ciudad y el desplazamiento de sus habitantes por el impacto inevitable de la tecnología y la ambición desatada por los bienes raíces han generado un desbalance de poder y codicia”. Esto, considera, obliga a los centros comunitarios a defenderse y a recrear una lucha por permanecer y mantener sus valores.

René Castro envió un saludo al MCCLA que, en medio de estos tiempos tan difíciles, cumple 40 años de vida.

Image, page 8: From left to right – Allison Hewson, Paul Hewson, known as "Bono," Carlos Santana, René Castro, 1987. Photo by Deby Netsky.

Images, page 9 (top to bottom):

  • Día de los Muertos poster by René Castro, 1991
  • Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Prize, with René Castro. Photo by Deborah Allen

Pages 10 & 11 – MCCLA and the Interweave of People and Place

by Todd T. Brown, multidisciplinary artist & founder of Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco

'Cities and neighborhoods change'... people often state this phrase as if neighborhood transition was a naturally occurring season. Yes, it's true, neighborhoods and cities, like everything, change. But how they change, and how the changes are decided and by whom, will always be at the center of the controversy that makes these changes far less romantic than the dramatic changes of spring, summer, and fall. Change, within the spectrum of human migrations, is most often, in one form or another, driven by the expansion and/or consolidation of economic interests. Quite simply, these interests force change upon the masses. And when it comes to neighborhood change, the Mission District is a dramatic and oft cited example. As an artist, among many artists that have worked in the Mission across a one or two or three decades or more, the question of change continually asks us, how do we keep our artistic communities together?

I arrived to San Francisco’s Mission district during the height of the first dotcom boom. So out of touch was I regarding IT development that I had no idea that a boom was even in progress, until I started searching for a place to live. The Mission happened to be the place to which I arrived, and also the community with which I most identified. It was there that, in 2003, together with a good friend from Argentina, I founded an informal cultural experiment that came to be the Red Poppy Art House. The Poppy is located on Folsom and 23rd Streets, just a handful of blocks from the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts where another dear artist and artist, Adrian Arias, worked. It was through Adrian that I first was introduced the wide spectrum of projects and programs that filled MCCLA. That first year of the Poppy, Adrian got MCCLA involved in the MAPP (Mission Arts & Performance Project), a neighborhood festival we had started with a multidisciplinary group of artists, friends, and local residents. It did not take long before I began to see and experience the rich interweave of relationships that made MCCLA what it was. A 'center' is called a center, because it is the place that joins all the varied spokes of relations and communities of which we are collectively a part. MCCLA has played precisely this role, and continues to do so, as change after change hits its surrounding geography and threatens to pull apart the very communities that made the Mission the thriving hub of creativity for which it came to be known.

In a neighborhood undergoing 'change,' MCCLA’s annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of altars plays a vital role, such as within the last five years where it has served as a kind of secular-sacred platform for expressing and addressing the many losses experienced within the Mission community, ranging from victims of police violence to dislocation of community elders, along with personal tributes to family members and friends that have passed away. Here, art becomes ritual and tribute, tending to the relations between individuals, families, and communities.

Another event that has occurred across many years, and in which I have had fortunate opportunities to participate, is ILLUSION – a live performance collaboration that has featured artists such as Anna Halprin, Rene Yafiez, Carlos Cartagena, Caleb Duarte, Rupa & the April Fishes, Meklit, Rigo 23, LoCura, Jack Hirschman, and Mona Caron. The most recent ILUSION, Existe-Resiste, featured 25 artist responding with creations and performance to the political climate after the installation of the Trump administration.

A third program that comes to mind, and in contrast to our male-dominant art world, is MCCLA’s annual SÓLO MUJERES exhibition. Continuing now more than 20 years, SÓLO MUJERES has provided a platform for featuring the works of female artists, both local and form around the world.

Along with these programs and others are innumerable classes in dance, printmaking, music, and many other forms, that together form an ecosystem of artistic and cultural life. The vital role that a center like MCCLA plays in a community can be seen in the relationships that reflect that community. While cities are often praised for their quality of providing an anonymity in which its inhabitants can recreate themselves and 'do their own thing,' there are also neighborhoods that prize community – the sense of being known and being a part of something – with a sense of place, the thing we tend to sacrifice when we leave a small town to move to a city.

I grew up in a small town of just 4,000 people. There's something about small towns that can help you realize just how important are certain particular small shops and businesses, a specific local bar, or that one coffee shop, because that is where people run into each other in all kinds of happenstance moments. Apart from the particular service or commodity a small business might offer, the locale itself can live as a kind of unnamed social-cultural zone where relationships create their organic interweave across the years. This becomes very apparent in small towns as there is often nowhere else to go. Living in the Mission District, I came to realize that, while a small town might havea few neighborhoods, large cities can have the inverse situation, where many towns exist within just one neighborhood (the Mission 'neighborhood' has twice as many inhabitants as the largest city in the state of Vermont). People form unique relationships to their local corner store, cafe, vegetable and fish market, and such, This is what constitutes the phenomenon referred to as the social fabric of a neighborhood, and it’s precisely this fabric that so many longterm residents of the Mission District feel is being pulled apart as San Francisco development, and its resulting economic disparity, continues to vomit out its teachers, nonprofit workers, working class families, artist communities, and so many other colorful threads from its rich tapestry of history.

I mention this idea of small towns and shops and such because, together, all of these different shapes and sizes of enterprise form a kind of cultural ecosystem, a bio-diverse environment that attracts artists and allows them to thrive. As I write this piece, thinking on the Mission Cultural Center, it’s precisely this environment and the dynamic of its relationships that I feel compelled to name, because it is what the Mission Cultural Center breathes out of and into. It’s all part of one thing, and it’s not limited to the Mission, because the individuals, the communities, and the artists that call the Mission home, each are part of a network of relations that reach outward across national borders, to hometowns and cities around the world. What is critical in understanding the value and role of space and organization like MCCLA is seeing that it is so much more than its programs, just like a local business is so much more than the goods it sells. And don’t get me wrong, the programs are critical too, for the content they provide and the discourse the provoke serve to help fost a more open society that celebrates critical thought and diverse expression (something that we cannot say of our present government). But both within and around the programs we need to recognize that there is so much more that goes unrecorded, millions of moments that were never planned or programmed but wherein relationships formed, grew, or changed, all those instances of what we call 'personal growth,' between people and within people.

In our present time of increasing social, economic, and political polarity, from the local level to the national and international, the role of MCCLA has become increasingly vital. As immigrants and minorities are threatened by our nation’s xenophobic pathology, MCCLA serves as a space of affirming strength in diversity. Across the last five years, the Mission community has seen evictions and residential displacement skyrocket. Here, in a neighborhood with a strength of character and reputation that was forged through the daring spirit of its Latino and Chicano community, we see that same community under siege. This is precisely where cultural spaces like MCCLA are needed – to help hold us steady, to remind us of our interwoven histories, and to provide space for us to dream and fight for a better world.


  • Page 10 – Día de los Muertos 2016, photo by Ivonne Iriondo.
  • Page 11 – Illusion show 9 Existe Resiste, 2017, showing art by José Antonio Galloso and Pancho Peskador, photo by AA.

Pages 12 & 13 – Events Department

At MCCLA, we understand that cultural identity is formed by the traditions, memories, and care that one receives from one’s community. For this reason, MCCLA’s Events department aims to curate experiences for the betterment of our community—to promote community resiliency, togetherness, and love. Located in the heart of the Mission District, MCCLA serves as an anchor for cultural representation, community engagement, and creativity. Through artistic excellence, we ensure that community voices from all corners of Latin America are heard.

MCCLA Events does its best to remind people of the music of their homelands, the taste of their grandmother’s cooking, and the films that shaped and inspired them. These activities fortify and preserve cultural identity, allowing people of all backgrounds to connect in a safe and welcoming space.

MCCLA Events aims to support local artists, giving them exposure to greater San Francisco audiences. We provide them with the resources to realize their creative dreams, and connect them with constituents who are passionate about their work. These efforts result in world-class art created by Latinos of all generations across the globe, and increase visibility for both local and international Latinx artists.

We are honored to have served the Mission District for the past 40 years, and will continue striving to provide our community with high quality events programming.

Arturo Méndez, Coordinator

Annual Events

  • Corazón del Barrio
  • Sólo Mujeres
  • Luna Negra
  • Carnaval
  • End of Semester Show
  • Mole Contest
  • Meet & Greet
  • Día de los Muertos

Bi/Monthly Events

  • Tertulias Literarias
  • MAPP


  • TEATRO MITOTE: Cada quien su Mexicano
  • Honrando a los Padres: Mariachi Youth Concert
  • Drumming for Carlos
  • Morir con elegancia - La Tania
  • Ochan Pou Poto Mitan / Traditional Haitian Festival
  • Revolutionary Poets Brigade / Immigration Justice and Multiculturalism


  • El Nifio y La Danza
  • La Onda Bajita: An Evening of Cultura
  • Abuelita de Batman y Tres de Pilon
  • Encuentro Cine Mundial
  • El Leil: Egyptian Music, Dance and Songs
  • Alien Citizen
  • Punta y Tacon
  • Clinica Esperanza's 25th Anniversary Art Exhibit


  • Santana Guitar Raffle
  • Amor para Alex: Estreno Película
  • Diana Gameros & Edna Vazquez
  • June - Cual es el Escándalo?
  • Buscando a Posada
  • Las crónicas Hijabi, Mujeres Musulmanes


  • Kahlo: Entre El Dolor y El Placer
  • From Cuba: Virulo in Concert
  • Sonando Sur / Sonando Norte:
  • A Day of Son Jarocho
  • El David Aguilar in Concert
  • Orquesta Victoria
  • Opera Parallele Presents: Xochitl and the Flowers


  • 5 Continentes de Moda y Fantasia
  • La Loca del Maniqui
  • The Spirit of the Arts, Mural Restoration Celebration
  • Orquesta Jaranera
  • 40th Anniversary Corazón del Barrio Gala


  1. Guitarra donada por Carlos Santana, para rifa.
  2. Cinco continentes de moda y fantasia, vestuario de Mario Chacón.
  3. Beatshop, Battle of Beats
  4. Mole To Die For
  5. Violeta Luna performing Frida Kahlo: Entre El Dolor y El Placer.
  6. Opening of the Mural restoration

Pages 14 & 15 – Gallery Department

Keeping MCCLA's main objective to present the best sample of contemporary and ancient arts from Latin America, MCCLA Gallery aims to use visual art as an educational tool that demonstrates the communities' spectrum of political issues, celebrations, current events, history, and talent. The Mission Cultural Center's galleries are some of the biggest in the San Francisco Mission District. The main gallery encompasses 5,520 square feet and the smaller Inti-Raymi gallery measures 2,062 square feet. Located in the middle of the Mission District's creative community, MCCLA Gallery fosters an artistic space that is rich in cultural value. It engages visitors, artists, sponsors, and press in experiences that reflect and honor Latinx creative expression.

The fervor sparked by the founders of the Mission Cultural Center created opportunity for Latinx artists to build upon artistic spaces usually not accessible to marginalized people. MCCLA's Gallery programming proudly illustrates this vision with two of our most important exhibitions: Sólo Mujeres and Day of the Dead.

Sólo Mujeres, an all-female exhibition created by Patricia Rodriguez, addresses the lack of spaces for Latina artists to show in. For the past 30 years it has been scheduled in March to coincide with International Women's month. Sólo Mujeres supports the advancement of women artists and promotes their voices.

As one of the first cultural institutions that publicly celebrated the Mexican Day of the Dead ritual in San Francisco, MCCLA is hosting our 31st year of celebrating this experience. It is our most iconic exhibit, and we continuously fuse tradition with the contemporary. On November 2nd we open up our doors for anyone to celebrate the relationship we have with our ancestors and our community. MCCLA is one of the last stops at the end of the Day of the Dead procession route. MCCLA Gallery is honored to have served the San Francisco community for the past 40 years, and excited to continue this important cultural representation work.

Angélica Rodriguez, Coordinator


  • January 14 to February 21 – RESURFACING. Curated by Susan Greene.
  • March 12 to April 18 – 27th Annual Sólo Mujeres. Home / lnside out. Curated by Susana Aragon & Indira Urrutia.
  • March 12 to April 18 – 27th Annual Sólo Mujeres. Women that Byte. Curator: Juan Fuentes. Inti-Raymi.
  • May 14 to June 27 – Secretos Bajo la Piel / Secrets Under the Skin. Curators: Jill Flanders Crosby, Marianne Kim, Brian Jeffery, Susan Mathews, Melba Nuffez Isalbe, and Roberto Pedroso García.
  • July 9 to July 26 – OFF THE WALL. Silent auction.
  • August 9 to September 12 – East Side Story & Chicano Soul.
  • October 14 to November 20 – Recreate, Renew, Reuse: An infinite cycle and Nuevo Mictlan. Day of the Dead. Demetrio Barrita, curator of Nuevo Mictlan.


  • January 20 to February 28 – Lo Real Maravilloso (The Marvelous Real). Curated by Sanaz Mazinani.
  • March 26 to May 2 – INTERSECTIONALITY. Sólo Mujeres 2015. Curated by Ximena Soza.
  • May 16 – Illusion show 8. Curated by Adrian Arias.
  • July 30 to September 14 – Current.
  • October 16 to November 20 – The Bones of our Ancestors: Endurance and Survival Beyond Serra's Mission(s) Day of the Dead. Curator: Celia Herrera Rodriguez.
  • December 1 to December 11 – OFF THE WALL.


  • January 16 to February 13 – Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra: We didn't cross the borders, the borders crossed us.
  • March 9 to April 16 – War, Woes, and Transformations. Sólo Mujeres.
  • May 14 to June 24 – Tejidos / Woven. Ximena Soza and Cristian Muñoz.
  • May 13 to June 25 – La Puerta en el Puente del Tiempo. Carlos Loarca & Betsie Miller-Kusz. Inti-Raymi.
  • August 3 to September 9 – Deep Blue Sea: String of Pearls. Curated by Sekio Fupuopo & North Star Artists.
  • August 3 to September 9 – Mothers and Daughters in Art. Mabel Valdiviezo and Bila Flores. Inti-Raymi.
  • October 1 to November 19 – Ofrendas para Ias animas & Muerte, Culto, y Devocion. Day of the Dead.


  • January 20 to February 11 – Exist / Resist, curated by Angelica Rodriguez & Illusion Show 9, curated by Adrian Arias.
  • March 24 to April 16 – Revolution. Curated by Maria Ester Fernandez.
  • May 5 to June 24 – Here Now: Where We Stand. Curated by Anthony Torrez.


  • Resurfacing Exhibition.
  • East Side Story & Chicano Soul Exhibition.
  • GGP & Ester Hernández at War, Woes and Transformations Exhibition.
  • UNTITLED Exhibition.
  • Artist participating in the 30th Sólo Mujeres Exhibition
  • Revolution, Sólo Mujeres Exhibition.
  • Home/lnside out Exhibition.
  • Deep Blue Sea Exhibition.
  • Adriana Camarena & Yolanda Lopez.

Pages 16 & 17 – Corazón del Barrio Awards of Excellence

Corazón del Barrio Awards of Excellence are presented to those artists and organizations who have excelled in their discipline, and who have significantly contributed to their communities, and to the Latino Arts and Culture of the Bay Area. This year, 5 outstanding individuals, a youth group, and 1 organization were selected in the fields of: Music, Dance, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Poetry / Literature, Youth, and Community Service. The Awards of Excellence, given every 5 years, for the last 15 years, to honor our very best, has become an integral part of MCCLA's anniversary and celebration.

La Tania – Dance

La Tania is a world class dancer, choreographer and master teacher. She grew up in Andalucia, southern Spain, in the heart of flamenco culture where she began to learn flamenco dance at a very young age. By the age of 17 she was performing professionally and made Madrid her base where she performed for many years as a featured dancer in Tablaos such as Corral de la Moreria, Canasteros, Zambra, and toured internationally with many companies including Mario Maya and Paco Peha. In 1993 La Tania moved to the US and since then has toured with her own company Internationally earning many awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the California Arts Council Fellowship, the National Endowments for the Arts Fellowship, the James Irvine Fellowship in Dance and the Isadora Duncan Dance Award twice for Artistic Excellence in the category of Individual Performance. Currently she is the director and founder of the Bay Area-based La Tania Baile Flamenco Company & School.


Martha Rodriguez-Salazar – Music

Singer, flutist, conductor and producer Martha Rodriguez-Salazar has been bringing Latin American folk, classical and contemporary music to the Bay Area for more than 15 years. For her outstanding leadership in promoting and developing Mexican music and culture in the Bay Area Martha was recognized as a "Luminary" in 2011 by the Mexican Consulate in SF and as "Excelencia Latina" by LAM and Mundo Fox in 2013.

A native of Mexico City, Martha was classically-trained in both Mexico and Mills College as a concert flutist and opera singer. She currently performs with the Bernal Hill Players and the Latin folk duo Chile y Limon, as well as curating the "Día de los Muertos" event at the San Francisco Symphony. Since 200 Martha has been a faculty member of the Community Music Center where she teaches flute and voice, coordinates the scholarship program for youth - Mission District Young Musicians Program, conducts several older adult community choirs, and teaches in the San Francisco Unified School District's Mariachi Program.

Paul Flores – Poetry / Literature

Poet, performance artist, playwright, and spoken word artist Paul S. Flores explores the intersection of urban culture, Hip-Hop, and transnational identity rooted in his growing up in both Chula Vista, CA and Tijuana, Mexico. Paul received his degree from University of California, San Diego, and then moved to San Francisco in 1995 to complete the MFA Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University. In 1996, he co-founded the Latino poetry performance group Los Delicados with Norman Zelaya and Darren de Leon and recorded a CD titled WORD DESCARGA (Calaca Press, 2000). Flores' performance projects have taken him from HBO's Def Poetry to Cuba, Mexico and El Salvador. His theater works include the On The Hill: I AM ALEX NIETO (2016), PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (2012), You're Gonna cry (2011); and REPRESENTA! (2007). He is a 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award winner, 2014 KQED Hispanic Heritage Local Hero, and 2011 San Francisco Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-Hop Performance Artist. Support for his work also includes the MAP Fund, Gerbode, Hewlett Foundation Theater Commission Award, National Performance Network Forth Fund Award and NPN Creation Fund, an NEA Theater grant, Creative Work Fund, and NALAC Individual Artist Award. He is an adjunct theater professor and teaches Hip-Hop Theater and Spoken Word at the University of San Francisco.

Eliana Lopez – Performing Arts

Born in Venezuela. She graduated herself for the 3 years Actors Training program of The National Theater Company in Venezuela. At age of 16 she started her professional work as actress, since then she has done: 5 films, 10 theater plays including "Juliet" in "Romeo and Juliet", "Andromache" in "The Trojan Women", "What is the Scandal" and 10 Television Series in Mexico and Venezuela. Her performances have gained her various nominations and awards as best main actress and best supporting actress. Eliana also studied Latinoamerican Literature and Creative Writing at The Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and graduate from The New York Film Academy workshop as Filmmaker in L.A.

In 2013 she assumes a new role, as a producer and sets off to boost Latin theater in the city of San Francisco, reason why, in February, 2014, she launches "The vagina Monologues" in Spanish at the Brava Theater, achieving excellent results. In 2014 she become a founder member of $83 Lopez Productions" in San Francisco to address the need of more Latinos and women on Theatre. In 2015 next to his brother Alfonso Lopez as Director and Ivette Carolina as producer created "What is the scandal?", an autobiographical story which explores what means to be an immigrant woman of color in USA. Immigrants don't face only the outside challenges of the system but face the internal challenge of adaptation. The play is a reflection of self-transformation and a journey of human growth.

Actually she conducts a weekly radio program 'La Parranda' to promote Local Artists. She is married and the proud mother of a boy 8 and a new baby boy two months old. She resides in San Francisco with her family.

Adrian Arias – Visual Arts

"Adrian Arias is a Peruvian international award winning visual-poet who has been enlivening the local art scene for the last 17 years. His art often includes visual and performance arts aspects of an accessible lyrical, emotional, surreal, and whimsical nature. Adrian is also an acclaimed visual and installation artist, and a cultural promoter." – Poet Nina Serrano, KPFA Radio @ Berkeley

Adrian has participated in international exhibitions in individual and collective shows in Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Peru. Since 2003 Adrian created Altars-Offerings for Day of the Dead celebration in Somarts, Oakland Museum and the SF Symphony.

His video "Frida in the Mirror" was an official selection at the SF Film Festival and winner at the Berkeley Film & Video Festival in 2009. In 2010 Adrian obtained an art residence at Young Museum and developed his project Beautiful Trash, later to be exhibited in Galleria de la Raza (2012) and San Marcos Art Museum in Lima, Peru (2015).


Quenepas – YOUTH

Quenepas is a vibrant Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance youth ensemble that had its inception in 2008 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Quenepas youth have been studying and performing under the direction of Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah for over 9 years and many of the youth have been involved in the practice of Bomba through observing and participating in community jams and performances with their families. Ages of the ensemble range from 8 to 19 years. Many of the children were first immersed in the tradition since before they could even walk. Bomba music and dance originated over 300 years ago in the sugarcane plantations of Puerto Rico where enslaved Africans played, sang, and danced to survive and to resist colonial oppression.

Quenepas has presented their work at La Peña Cultural Center, the Día de San Juan Puerto Rican Festival in San Jose, East Side Arts Alliance, and at Oakland Leaf's Annual Talent Showcase and at the Cuba Caribe Festival multiple times. In 2012, Quenepas opened for Latin Grammy winning band La Santa Cecilia at the Brava Theatre in San Francisco for the annual Encuentro del Canto Popular. In 2014, they headlined at the renowned annual Bombazo Fandango festival in Santa Ana, California. Quenepas performed at the 2015 nationally acclaimed Pura Belpre Celebration and Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. Most recently (January 2017), Quenepas performed in Puerto Rico at one of the main stages of La Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastian where tens of thousands attend. They study and rehearse weekly at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Co-Founders/Directors Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah take great pride in ensuring that the musical and dance traditions of Puerto Rico are responsibly passed on to our future cultural workers. For information: | (510) 681-1036

Carnaval San Francisco – Community Organization

Carnaval San Francisco cultivates and celebrates the vibrantly diverse Latin American and Caribbean roots of the Mission District and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. We value our strong life time relationship with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts which together has created incredible music, dance, visual arts and healing of our community..

Images are of each Awards of Excellence winner.

Pages 18 & 19 – Mission Gráfica Department

For the last 40 years, Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio has been a unique and valuable resource for Bay Area artists to create prints and posters. Founded in 1977 by artists and activists in San Francisco's Latinx community, Mission Gráfica became an engine for art activism. Socially-engaged artists and community members flocked to the studio to create posters and prints that reflected the community's desire for social and economic justice, on such issues as immigration, displacement, and Third World freedom struggles.

Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio remains connected to its roots, but has opened its arms to a new generation of people, images, and ideas in screenprinting, etching, and monoprinting. In addition to our regular adult classes, Mission Gráfica offers free printmaking classes for youth ages 10 to 13 years old. Through our collaborations with organizations such as Youth Art Exchange, Chinese Progressive Association, Thomas Edison Middle School, Drew School, and MetWest High School, we continue to work with young people of all ages. In the Fall, Mission Gráfica will offer a printmaking workshop for seniors.

Mission Gráfica has proven itself to be a creative haven for artists to explore the practices of printmaking in a community-based and affordable studio space, and stands out as one of the last grassroots art spaces in San Francisco.

— Marsha Shaw, Coordinator


  1. Marsha Shaw Printmaking Workshop.
  2. Calixto Robles Printmaking Class.
  3. Print by Elie Huault, 2016.
  4. Monotype by Rachel Epp Buller, 2017.
  5. MG Transfer archive to UC Santa Barbara.
  6. Ester Hernandez & Alyssa Aviles.
  7. Printmaking Workshop.

Exhibitions in Galeria Zapatista

  • "A Hidden Garden" Rachel Epp Buller
  • "Youth Printmakers Graduation Exhibition"
  • "Dialogos y Interpretaciones IV Portfolio Exhibition"
  • "Day of the Dead" University of Montana Missoula
  • Calixto Robles and Cecil Robles
  • Gustavo Mora

Artists in Residence

  • Elie Huault
  • Blake Sanders
  • Imin Yeh
  • Rob Stephens
  • Lesia Fugua
  • Amy Smith-Dietrich


  • Chinese Progressive Association Screenprint Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • Polyester Plate Lithography / Blake Sanders
  • Zines / Rob Stephens
  • Printing with Natural Dyes / Helena Keeffe
  • Exploring Colagraphs / Marsha Shaw
  • Woodcut Printing Intensive / Drive by Press
  • Printmaking Workshop for Youth / Gustavo Mora
  • Printmaking Workshop for Teens / Marsha Shaw
  • Print Party for Kids / Bree Noack
  • Thomas Edison Middle School Print Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • Dyrham Elementary School Print Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • Drew High School / Calixto Robles and Alexandra Blum
  • California College of the Arts Design Graduate Program Screenprint Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • Aver Design Collective Screenprint Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • San Francisco City College Screenprint Workshop / Marsha Shaw
  • UC Santa Cruz Screenprint Workshop / Marsha Shaw

Pages 20 & 21 – Arts Education & Outreach Department

Art education is one of our greatest endeavors here at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. We offer more than 40 classes, attracting an average of 200 people to our center every week. Our class roster serves as a tour of Latin America, featuring cultural arts from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, and more. Our cultural center is a home for community artists to share their passions. MCCLA believes that the study of music, dance, art, and performance enriches the soul and fosters greater understanding of cultural heritage and selfhood. MCCLA is a hub of activity, uniting artists with audiences, linking students and teachers. The Multicultural Arts Summer youth program (MAS) brings local youth into contact with teaching artists who provide them with an early foundation for lifelong arts engagement. MCCLA's outreach efforts give us greater exposure within the neighborhood and city. In order to provide our community with engaging arts activities, MCCLA participates in Sunday Streets events, resource fairs, performances, and outdoor workshops—allowing us to reach folks beyond The Mission Cultural Center's walls.

— Ben Baker, Coordinator

Image, page 20: Corazón del Barrio painting activity, 2014

Images, page 21:

  • Mission Music SF Class
  • Youth Printmaking Workshop by Gustavo Mora
  • Printmaking Class at MAS
  • Afro Caribbean Percussion by Hector Lugo
  • Mixtiso Class
  • Capoeira Class
  • MAS Program 2017

Free Classes offered

  • Mission Music SF workshop directed by Steve Perdicaris and Margaret Gonzalez
  • Afro Caribbean Percussion by Hector Lugo
  • Printmaking by Gustavo Mora

Classes and Faculty


  • Latin dance grooves / Bianca Coleman
  • Afro-Cuban-Haitian / Temistocles Betancourt
  • Omolu Capoeira for Kids / Armando Ibarra
  • Ballet & Pre-Ballet / Graciela Acedo
  • Capoeira / Raul Nevarez
  • Cuban Salsa & Rueda de Casino / Manuel Suarez
  • Theatre Improvisation / Ben Baker
  • Danza Azteca / Ricardo Peña
  • Brazilian Carnaval Samba Dance / Metzi Henriquez
  • Argentine Tango / Nora Olivera
  • Arte Flamenco / Kerensa DeMars
  • Mixtiso / Vanessa Mosqueda
  • Brazilian Samba / Maisa Duke
  • Afro Cuban Dance / Roberto Borrell


  • La Orquestra del Barrio / Suzanne Cortez
  • Afro-Peruvian Cajon / Juan de Dios Soto
  • Sambadum Brazilian Percussion / Fernando DeSanjines
  • Basic Latin Percussion / Louis Romero
  • Piano-Keyboard / Alfonso Ochoa
  • Guitar / Manolo Davila
  • Brazilian & Latin Rhythms of Carnaval Percussion / Jose Rivera

Visual Arts:

  • Flower Arrangement / Julia Rivera
  • Screen Printing / Alyssa Aviles, Calixto Robles
  • Etching / Hye Yoon Song
  • Figure-Life Drawing / Buddy Bates
  • Exploring Art for Children / Dora Luz Sanabria

Special Workshops:

  • Mexican Folkloric Dance / Zenon Barron
  • Día de Los Muertos Papel Picado / Dora Luz Sanabria
  • Floral Watercolor Exploration / Nataliya Tyaglo
  • Fusion Ballet / Jorge Mendoza
  • Mission Harp Ensemble / Multicultural Music Fellowship
  • Plant Palette — Screenprinting with Plant Dye / Helena Keeffe
  • Hip Hop Performance Workshop / Momo
  • Project House / Jenay
  • Collagraph Workshop for Women and Transgender People / Marsha Shaw
  • Digital Photography / Mercedes Romero
  • Beatshop / Noah Frank
  • Free Drumming for Kids / Jackeline Rago
  • Folkloric for Kids / Christine Ferrer
  • Fogo Na Roupa Kids Carnaval / Alexandria Candia, Kimberly Moore
  • Venetian Mask Making, Sacred Hearts & Skulls / Diego Marcial Rios
  • Zapateado Jarocho / Esther Cruz
  • Mural Class with Drumming for Children / Juan de Dios Soto
  • Youth Printmaking Workshop / Gustavo Mora

Pages 22 & 23 – Multimedia Department

At the MCCLA Multimedia Department we are in charge of the production of graphic, web, social media and audio visual material at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Our task is to meet the needs of other departments of the MCCLA, to disseminate events, exhibitions, classes, programs, etc. that help to improve the operation and development of the Center's programming in the community and to help promote the MCCLA in a coherent and attractive way. In addition to creating promotional material, our task is to preserve the memory of as many events and activities as possible in the MCCLA.

Mara Patricia Hernández, Coordinator

MCCLA Videos

  • 40th Anniversary: Corazón del Barrio
  • Spirit of the Arts, Mural Restoration
  • Celebration (2017 Berkeley Video & Film Festival Oficial Selection)
  • Keep the Corazón Beating, Fundraising Campaign
  • Prida Project
  • Carnavales: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

MCCLA Presents

  • A monthly collaboration with BVAC 2012-2016
  • Gallery Events
  • Youth Program
  • Theatre Events
  • End of Semester Show
  • And more...

Images (clockwise from top left):

  1. Poster for Off The Wall Print Sale, which reads:
    "Off The Wall Sale
    Mission Gráfica Printmaking Studio
    Opening reception: Wednesday July 26, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. This print sale runs through September 2.
    Mission Gráfica printmaking studio is pleased, to offer prints from our archive ranging from 1973-2017. Join us and own a piece of history from the Mission."
  2. Poster for Mario Chacón fashion show, which reads:
    "Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 40th Anniversary Presents: 5 Continentes de moda y fantasia | 5 Continents of Fashion and Fantasy
    75 models, representing the diversity of the community, will showcase a lavish line up of one-of-a-kind costumes, including Historical, Ethnic, and Carnaval styles.
    Fashion Show by Mario Chacón
    Saturday, March 11, 2017"
  3. Poster for Luna Negra, which reads:
    "Let's celebrate Women's Month together – 2017 Luna Negra – All Women Performances
    Mujeres en Luna Llena – Theatre
    Hazel Readings – Poetry Reading
    Trío Cambio – Feminist Musical Performance
    Wednesday, March 22 – 7 pm – $10"
  4. Collection of posters between 2013 and 2017, including Corazón del Barrio Open House, Día de Muertos, Son Jarocho Festival, Luna Negra, Mask Making Workshop, Calacas show, Carnaval Video Party, Fiestas Fridas, Mole To Die For, "If Gender Is A Kind Of Doing" Exhibition, "Current" Exhibition, Fiestas Fridas, and Flamenco for Kids.
  5. Poster for Xochitl and the Flowers play, which reads:
    "Opera Parallèle presents Xochitl and the Flowers
    Thursday, November 17, 6 pm | Saturday, November 19, 11 am and 1 pm | Tickets are free!"
  6. Poster for Open Mic, which reads:
    "Open Mic
    Sign up 7:30 pm | Show 8 pm | 3rd Thursday of the month"
  7. Poster for Existe Resiste, which reads:
    "Friday January 20, 2017 | 6 pm to 9:30 pm
    Existe Resiste | Exist Resist
    Paintings | Installations | Prints | Photographs | Poetry
    In response to the elected government"

Page 24 – Directory of Cultural Centers

Community Cultural Centers

  • African American Art & Culture Complex
    762 Fulton Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Bayview Opera House
    4705 Third Street
    San Francisco, CA 94124
  • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
    2868 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
  • SOMARTS Cultural Center
    934 Brannan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center
  • Queer Cultural Center
  • Acción Latina
    2958 24th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Brava for Women in the Arts
    2781 24th Street
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Cuicacalli
    2781 24th Street
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Dance Brigade
  • Dance Mission Theater
    3316 24th Street
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Galeria de La Raza
    2857 24th Street
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Loco Bloco
    3543 18th Street #20
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Mission Arts Performance Project MAPP
  • Precita Eyes Muralists
    2981 24th street
    San Francisco CA 94110
  • Red Poppy Art House
    2698 Folsom Street
    San Francisco CA 94110

Arts Businesses / Other Arts Organizations

Page 25 – MCCLA Staff & Board

Images (top to bottom):

  • Staff Retreat at the MCCLA
  • MCCLA staff
  • MCCLA staff
  • MCCLA 2017 Board of Directors

Pages 26 & 27 – In Memoriam

Carlos Ramirez (1938-2013)

Carlos Ramirez, a Salvadoran immigrant raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, published a chapbook of poems, entitled, "Matters of the Heart." He wrote "...feet, feet, feet / we're steppin' on one way / in the light of now / here today"

I first met him in 1983, as my student at New College of California, before he discovered he was a poet. Carlos, already a mature adult researched and delivered a class presentation about the Mission Murals which perhaps influenced the rest of his life, when he later became a vital part of Mission activist/artist community. He always brought to my mind, the Russian poet Vladmir Mayakoskyis famous phrase "a cloud in trousers" because he was gentle, whimsical, and yet very concrete.

Over the next 25 years or so our conversations took place on the busy cement Mission streets he frequented, walking most places he went. For many years, I wrote references for him for his ever-changing part-time arts jobs, including working as a children's entertainer singing songs, telling stories, and also leading youth writing workshops.

Near the end of his life, he actively embraced the Salvadoran cause joining the Mission poets, led by Jorge Argueta of Luna Press, to participate and support the Salvadoran Children's Poetry Movement centered in the San Salvador Main Library. When he passed on due to illness, his familiar presence was sorely missed. The poets and his many friends gathered in Cafe La Boheme to praise and memorialize his beloved presence.

— Nina Serrano, Poet

Michael Roman (1956-2016)

Artist, provocateur, activist, passed away quietly, in the arms of his love, Kate Rosenberger, on December 26th, after 6 weeks of illness, at their San Francisco home.

Michael was a trendsetter in the 1980's NYC Lower East Side, quickly making a name for himself with his downtown punk rock day of the dead icons and iconography.

He traveled to Germany, creating endless supplies of shirts and icons for various punk and rock bands.

Invited by his client, Carlos Santana, he moved to San Francisco in the 1990's to work at the Mission Cultural Center, teaching at Mission Gráfica.

He contributed to the Saint Coltrane Church in San Francisco – often attending services and delighting Archbishop King with his insights and treatises on life and love and art.

He migrated annually to Oaxaca, where he was the artist-in-residence at La Mano Mágica, an internationally acclaimed gallery, for the Dia de los Muertos celebrations.

'No surface was safe' was his tagline. Michael was fearless in his use of color and iconography, working constantly.

— Kate Rosenberger, Visual Artist

Francisco Xavier Alarcón (1954-2016)

Francisco X. Alarcón was a well-respected Xicano poet who first achieved recognition in 1980 when he received first prize in the First Rubén Dario Poetry Contest sponsored by Casa Nicaragua. Around that same time while on a Fullbright to Mexico he studied with Elias Nandino, the Mexican poet, and was one of the first to introduce the work of this poet in the United States.

His most important book of poetry is Snake Poems, in which he fuses Aztec prayers with a modern Xicano world-view.

His literary output included many children's books and he collaborated for many years with the Children's Poetry Festival in El Salvador.

A celebration of his life and work was organized by Jorge Argueta and was held at La Boheme Café in the Mission District, a place Francisco always felt at home in. The café was packed for him. He read that day and it would be his last public appearance.

Francisco was a strong advocate for social justice—and if he were currently with us, surely he would be in the forefront of the resistance against the current faux administration.

His poetry and activism is sorely missed but he will always be an enduring and poetic presence in our community.

Francisco X. Alarcón, ¡Presente!

Alejandro Murguia, Poet Laureate of San Francisco

Alfonso Texidor (1938-2014)

Alfonso Texidor, born on Aug. 2, 1946, grew up in a shack over seasonal ponds in El Fanguito, one of the poorest barrios of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He contracted polio from the water. His first surgery at five began a period of long hospital stays. With books supplied by nurses he began his literary journey.

In 1954 his family moved to the Bronx, NYC, returning to PR in 1963 when his mother died. He joined pro-independence movement in high school, serving as funeral honor guard for Independent hero Pedro Albizu Campos.

In 1967 he returned to NYC joining the Young Lords' campaign to create a community clinic. He helped anarchist group Up Against the Wall Motherf**kers give out free clothes and food.

When the scene became too turbulent Alfonso took a road trip through Vermont, Canada, Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico and Seattle landing in San Francisco in 1969 where he coordinated the Haight-Ashbury Music Workshop.

In 1978 he moved to the Mission where his he began reading poetry in his renowned musical manner. He took up journalism, writing for the New Mission News and editing the El Tecolote calendario. Alfonsito died of lung cancer on Christmas Day 2014.

Eva Martinez, Poet

Silvia Parra MamaCoAtl (1965-2015)


One of the leading lights of the Latino community flickered out on Sunday, December 13, 2015, when Silvia 'Mamacoatl' Parra died suddenly of stomach cancer in Mexico City. She was in her early 50s.

Living in Costa Rica prior to her death, the "Border Crossing Goddess" took the Mission District by storm when she arrived in San Francisco 15 years ago as an undocumented single mother.

Born in the Sonoran Mexican desert of the Yaqui People, she developed her spiritual, healing and intellectual capacities, graduating from San Francisco's New College of California with two graduate degrees, focusing on women's studies and spirituality.

In 2006, she introduced the celebrations of the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to San Francisco. Surprised that American women were not rallying to the cause, she quickly organized a few of her friends to hold impromptu rallies at the 16th Street BART station.

She expanded her efforts over the years and the event was eventually held on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall. By the eighth year, she received a commendation from the city for her work on behalf of women. She swallowed her fears to face the City supervisors to receive the award, worried that she might be deported for being undocumented.

But it was Mamacoatl's stature as an artist (or "aRtivist" as she called it) that made her so beloved to the community. She was the poet and the songbird accompanied by her jarana, always raising relevant issues—cultural event after event.

Parra never backed down from calling out racism, misogyny, economic injustice and deportations without thought to her own vulnerable situation. She helped spread indigenous spirituality and held many healing workshops.

Parra raised the bar of feminist thinking through her work. I didn't mention her physical beauty, her long hair and ingenious outfits, performance after performance at the Red Poppy Art House, The Mission Cultural Center, Dance Mission, the Brava Theater, La Peña in Berkeley and La Peña del Sur and other community venues.

Her music has been broadcast in local and international media.

Mamacoatl's charisma helped her organize rallies, and many times she marched in them.

Parra is survived by her daughter, Paloma McGlothin.

Nina Serrano, Poet

Photos are of Carlos Ramirez, Michael Roman, Alfonso Texidor, Francisco Xavier Alarcón, and Silvia Parra MamaCoAtl.

Page 28 – Rincón Poético

Seam Stress
Sandra Garcia Rivera

She sits sewing like abuela
until her eyes say, No more.
Stitch by stitch
knuckles knees fingertips
thread and needle prick,
pins knots seams and hems
sleeves and patterns,
stitch by stitch
minutes woven into hours
hemmed into sunsets.
Salt spray tints time
mother worry wanders,
following the light.
Stitch by stitch,
joints jam, brittle back burns
years woven into generations,
memory threadbare
mechanized and forgotten.
Stitch by stitch,
she sews like abuela
until her eyes say, No more,
until I thread the needle
pierce the fabric
cut tug tuck fold iron
bone into steel
legacy into skin.

Stand Up!
Manolo Davila, MC Pauze

Stand up against the threat of big business
a war over the Mission
money versus tradition
Stand Up!

We still here me and my tribe
Tryna thrive
While outside two worlds collide

Stand up against the threat of big business
a war over the Mission
money versus tradition
Stand up!

We still here me and my tribe
Tryna thrive
While outside two worlds collide

This is a war over the mission
This ain't no fiction
This some Bay shit
Callin out gentrification

We dealin with the situation
Post-modern colonization
Local families they displacin

We still paper chasin while payin the rent
Not makin sense
Playin a game that we didn't invent
Dollars and cents
A real-world game of chess
We in so deep you can feel the stress

Real estate investors don't care 'bout where they live
Tryna kick them outta their homes
while they tryna feed their kids
Gettin rid of a culture that's been steeped for years
And I can see the plan, man,
they want to see you disappear
But while I'm here I'm gonna make it happen
take some action, instead of sittin on my butt relaxin
It's more than the Mission District at stake
every city and state can relate
Time to collaborate

No more people going out on a stroll
Out on the streets cause their house been sold
Movin away cause the hood so cold
And to return you must pay that toll
Pay the piper, who's the flame igniter
Holding the lighter putting the buildings on fire
They burn 'em down watching ashes hitting the ground
Now how that sound that the arsonists wasn't found
They're not the type that you see up in the streets
They're the type to be friends with police who pull a lot of sheets
Shred the copies, cook the books and don't forget to delete
Any other dirty secret the computer might keep
Cause I feel like a revolution is comin
From all of the freaking gunnin
That's making us keep on drummin
Because we're fightin for somethin
That people will keep on duckin
Why's it gotta be until it happens to your cousin?

Stand up against the threat of big business
a war over the Mission
money versus tradition

We still here me and my tribe
Tryin' to thrive
While outside two worlds collide
Stand Up!

Page 29 – Latino Heritage Award for MCCLA

On September 25th, The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts was given the Latino Heritage Legacy Award by SF's Mayor Ed Lee, in recognition of Outstanding Service and Dedication to the Community in the field of Arts and Culture, MCCLA was also recognized by the California State Assembly, and the CA State Board of Equalization. Executive Director, Jennie Emire Rodriguez, receives the award.

Images (counterclockwise from top left):

  • Certificate, which reads:
    "California Legislature – Assembly – Certificate of Recognition
    Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
    2017 Latino Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony
    This certificate is presented to Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in honor Of your Latino Heritage Legacy Award. California Legislature applauds your decades of outstanding service to San francisco and its residents, your generosity of time and energy, and your incredible commitment to the community.
    Assemblymember David Chiu, 17th Assembly District
    September 25, 2017"
  • MCCLA Executive Director Jennie Rodriguez, receiving the award at City Hall.
  • Jennie Rodriguez, Irene Gomez, and Isabel Barazza, holding the award.
  • Document reading:
    "California State Board of Equalization – Resolution
    The Honorable Fiona Ma, California State Board of Equalization Board Member
    Joins with San francisco Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
    In Recognizing Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
    2017 Latino Heritage Month Celebration & Awards Ceremony
    Latino Heritage Legacy Award
    In Recognition of Outstanding Service & Dedication to the Community. Congratulations and Best Wishes for Continued Success.
    Processed September 25, 2017"
  • A frame from television footage of Jennie receiving the award at City Hall, reading "Latino Heritage – Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Latino Heritage Awardee, 9/25/17"

Pages 30 & 31 – Sponsors

Sponsor Advertisements (top to bottom, left to right):

  • Mitchell's Ice Cream
    Award Winning Ice Cream Since 1953
    688 San Jose Avenue (at 29th Street)
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 648-2300
  • Mission Pie – SF, CA
    Good Food • Every Meal • Every Day
    Congratulations Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts!
    With Admiration, Your Neighbor Mission Pie.
    2901 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
    (415) 282-1500 | |
  • Casa Sanchez
    Family Owned Since 1924
    Follow Us On Facebook: casasanchezsf | Instagram: casasanchezsf | Twitter: @CasaSanchezSF
    (415) 282-2400 –
    250 Napoleon Street Unit M
    San Francisco, California 94124
  • Esperpento Restaurant
    Specializing in Paellas & Tapas from Spain
    3295 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
    (Public parking across the Street)
    Tel (415) 282-8867
    Rainbow Grocery
    Open to the public 9am - 9pm
    1745 Folsom Street • San Francisco • CA 94103 • 415.863.0620 •
    Rainbow Grocery Workers' Cooperative congratulates our comrades and friends of the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts on their 40th year of promoting, preserving, and developing Latino/a cultural arts!
    ¡La cooperativa de los trabajadores de "Rainbow Grocery" les manda felicidades a nuestras(os) camaradas del Centro Cultural Para Las Artes Latinas de La Mision en su cuadragésimo aniversario de promover, mantener y desarrollar las Artes Culturales Latinas!

Pages 32 & 33 – Sponsors

Sponsor Advertisements (top to bottom, left to right):

  • Gracias Madre
    2211 Mission St, SF, Ca. 94110
    (415) 683-1346
  • ¡Venga! Empanadas
    443 Valencia Street
    Argentine-style empanadas plus alfajores, salads, soups, and more.
    Between 15th & 16th | (415) 552-5895
    Let us cater your event: birthday parties, cockail dinners, business lunches, etc.
  • Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theatre
    Youth Classes, Adult Classes, Workshops, Theater Rentals, Studio Rentals, Shows | (415) 826-4441
  • Mixcoatl Arts & Crafts
    Fine Silver Jewelery, Huichol Art – Arte Huichol
    3201 24th Street, San Francisco
  • Villa del Sol Argentine Restaurant – Un Rinconcinto de Buenos Aires
    Catering Available – Make Your Event Special!
    Parrillada - Argentine Grill, Weddings, Quinceañeras, Birthdays, Corporate Events
    423 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    (650) 583-8372
  • Bayview Operahouse
    In solidarity with MCCLA
    The Opera House is San Francisco's oldest theater and a registered historical landmark. More than just a building, the Bayview Opera House is a vital community institution for Bayview residents and holds a significant place in the history and culture of Bayview Hunters Point.
    4705 Third St. San Francisco • • (415 ) 824-0386
  • Ags Linens
    915 Linden Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080
    Phone: (650) 952-6658 | Fax: (650) 952-5533
  • Dr Rock & LRI – Latin Rock Inc.
    Dr. Bernardo D. Gonzalez III – "DR ROCK"
    2720 24th St, San Francisco, CA, 94110
    OFC (41 5) 285-7719 – FAX (415) 282-6265 – CELL (415) 740-7937
    Email: - Website:
  • Dianda's Italian American Pastry Co. Inc.
    Best Pastries In San Francisco Since 1962
    Cakes - Cookies - Pastries - Panettone - Candy - Wedding Cakes - Almond Torte - St. Honore - Tres Leches Cakes - And More
    Decorated Cakes Our Specialty
    2883 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 | (415) 674-5469
    117 Crystal Springs Shopping Ctr, San Mateo, CA 94402 | (650) 570-6260
    Both locations open 7 days a week.
  • Felicidades por su 40 aniversario y sobretodo, por promover el arte y cultura latina ¡con todo amor!
    Flags & Futbol – established in '72 as La Argentina
    3250 24th Street (at Capp), S.F. Tel: (415) 824-3488
  • Pícaro – Food and Fantasy of Spain
    3120 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
    Tel (415) 431-4089