Corazón del Barrio 2017:
40th Anniversary 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.
Corazon Del Barrio Awards of Excellence - Heart Logo

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

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

40th Anniversary Issue 2017

Corazón del Barrio: 35th Anniversary

From the Jaguar’s Cave
Message from the Executive Director
Heartfelt Thanks!

We put the party and YOU came... it was awesome!

35 years of existence is no easy feat. The endurance, commitment and adherence to those original values which inspired the creation of any for which the organization was created, ought to be acknowledged, and yes, celebrated.

That is why last Friday, October 5th, MCCLA celebrated its 35th anniversary of Arts & Culture in San Francisco’s Mission District with its Corazón del Barrio Awards of Excellence Benefit Gala. The event brought the community together to honor the excellence and dedication of 5 local artists, a band of young musicians, and 2 very special volunteers.

The evening started with a VIP reception in the Gallery, with music from World’s Sync (Amelia Romano & Josh Mellinger). The Corazón del Barrio Awards Ceremony followed right after in the theatre, with Maria Leticia Gomez, Univision’s news anchor, as MC. The After Party Pachanga at the Gallery, with Orquesta Adelante was the perfect closure to a great celebration.

MCCLA Board and Staff thanks all those who came to congratulate our artists and to celebrate our 35th. Thanks to those attended the event, and even those who could not make it but whose heart was present, and to those who supported us with their time, donations and sponsorship.

Que vivan las Artes!

Jennie Rodriquez
Executive Director

Desde la Cueva del Jaguar
Un Mensaje de la Directora Ejecutiva:
Gracias de Corazón!

Hicimos la fiesta y ustedes llegaron... fue maravilloso!

35 años de existencia no es logro fácil para ninguna organización. La constancia, el compromiso y la lealtad a su misión y a los valores que inspiraron su creación deben ser reconocidos y ciertamente celebrados.

Es por eso que el pasado viernes, 5 de octubre, MCCLA celebró sus 35 años de Arte y Cultura en el Distrito de la Misión de San Francisco, con la gala beneficio, Corazón del Barrio: Premios de Excelencia. El evento reunió a la Comunidad para celebrar la excelencia y la dedicación de 5 artistas locales, una banda de jóvenes músicos, y 2 voluntarios muy especiales.

El evento comenzó con una recepción VIP en la Galería, con música de World’s Sync, seguida por la Ceremonia de Entrega de Premios y un espectáculo artístico en el teatro, y culminó en la Galería con una pachanga amenizada por el grupo de salsa Orquesta Adelante.

La Mesa Directiva y el personal del MCCLA agradecen a todos aquellos que vinieron a felicitar a nuestros artistas y a celebrar con nosotros los 35 años. Gracias tambien a todos los que no estuvieron, pero que de una manera u otra nos apoyaron con su tiempo, donaciones y auspicio.

Jennie Emiré Rodriguez
Directora Ejecutiva

Proclamation: City and County of San Francisco

WHEREAS, 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 Chicano, Central. South American, and Caribbean peoples; and

WHEREAS, the MCCLA has given 35 years of artistic service to the Mission District and the greater San Francisco community by making the arts an essential element to community development; and

WHEREAS, the MCCLA, under the current leadership of Executive Director Jennie Rodriguez, has had a positive impact on the lives of countless youth, addressing the need of diversionary programs, and thus contributing to the preservation of our youth's heritage and self-esteem; and

WHEREAS, the MCCLA is committed to providing the best representative sample of contemporary and ancient artistic traditions of Latin America and to develop in the community a high degree of sensitivity and understanding of Latin American culture in service of this vision; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that I, Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2012, as...


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be affixed.

Edwin M. Lee, Mayor

Heartfelt Thanks • Gracias de Corazón

Awardees • Premiados

Alejandro Murguia • Poetry/Literature
Zenon Barron • Dance
Metzi Henriquez & Jose Rivera - Fogo Na Roupa • Performing Arts
Ester Hernandez • Visual Arts
The Mission District Young Musicians Program • Music
Alfonso Ochoa and Isabel Barraza • Volunteers

Dignitaries • Oficiales

Tom D’Caigny • SF Arts Commission Cultural Affairs Director
Hon. Supervisor David Campos
Joaquin Torres • Mayor’s Community Liaison

Mistress of Ceremony • Maestra de Ceremonias

Maria Leticia Guzman • Mistress of Ceremony - Univision TV News Anchor

Performers • Artistas

Amelia Romano & Joshua Mellinger • World’s Sync
Kerensa DeMars • Zambra Flamenca
Mala Junta • Tango
Afoutayi • Haitian

35th Anniversary Committee • MCCLA Staff & Volunteers

35th Anniversary Issue 2012

This special keepsake publication highlights the winners of the 35th Anniversary Awards of Excellence.

The magazine also includes a colorful snapshot of MCCLA's timeline and history, a description of current programs and cultural calendar, articles, list of supporters and, of course, lots of photos and artwork.