Dear MCCLA friends, colleagues, and community,
With sadness and gratitude, we announce that after 24 years of service, MCCLA’s Executive Director Jennie Rodriguez, intends to transition from MCCLA in early 2022. The MCCLA community will miss her leadership.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and did postgraduate work in Languages and Translation and Interpretation at the University of Puerto Rico. Jennie came to SF in 1983 and has since been a proud resident of the Mission District, where she became a small business owner for 13 years while serving on multiple boards, associations and community groups.
As Executive Director at MCCLA, Jennie oversaw… Read More
Mission Cultural Cultural Center for Latino Arts expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Yolanda Lopez, visual artist, activist, and important figure in our community. Vuela alto en nuestras memorias!
Image description (from Los Angeles Times): For her self-portrait, López painted herself exuberantly running in white sneakers while clutching a rattlesnake in one hand and holding the saint’s star-patterned mantle in the other. In the second piece, her sunburst-enveloped mother sews the blue cloth back together. The final image shows her grandmother sitting on La Virgen de Guadalupe’s mantle, holding a knife and a skinned… Read More
We are happy to finally announce that MCCLA is opening its doors after a 15 month closure! As the City reopens on June 15, 2021, so is our favorite Latinx cultural and artistic spot in San Francisco’s Mission District. We surely missed you all, all this time (and suspect you did too). Today, we are looking forward to reconnecting and re-encountering meaningfully in this new beginning.It will take us time to “recover” from the aftermath of such a virus, as well as a good dose of patience to deal with an uncertain environment, and restore our community’s confidence. MCCLA Staff and Board, can assure more than ever its commitment to a diverse, culturally relevant programming, and to an artistically engaging… Read More
The late, great farm labor leader Cesar Chavez will be honored on his federally recognized birthday, Wednesday, March 31, with the start of a food drive for farmworkers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Mission Food Hub located at 701 Alabama St. in San Francisco.
A celebration will begin at 12:00 noon with a opening pray by community organizer Eva Royal and a blessing by Aztec dancers followed by a performance from singer/guitarist Francisco Herrera and Francisco Duran, words by Richard Ibarra with a outdoor lunch. The event is free and open to the public.
“Farmworkers are the hardest working people on Mother Earth, and have suffered loss of life and health due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as… Read More
2020’s COVID-19 virus came terribly unexpected, intense, depressing, and mortal.Today, nearing the end of the year, we are still in full blown pandemic, with glimmer hopes of a quick cure.We all have our share of stories; how lives have been impacted and transformed in a definite and perhaps irreversible way.In our particular case, after our March’s closure, we attempted re-entry in November (8 months later), to close a week later by City ordinance; this time until 2021!
Truth is, a single virus brought us a different consciousness, and a thousand and one ways to appreciate our lives, jobs, and relationships, at every level. Nonetheless, and motivated like many others, MCCLA shifted focus… Read More
By Guillermo Yiyo Ornelas
Guillermo "Yiyo" Ornelas is the Arts Education and Outreach Coordinator responsible for programming classes that reflect the cultural experience of all the Latino community, including leading the yearly Multicultural Art Summer Youth Program (MAS), as well as informing the community about the services offered at the MCCLA through outreach.
There was something missing in the Mission district this summer and it was felt by many families across San Francisco. Since 1991, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts has held their Multicultural Arts Summer Youth program, (M.A.S). However, this year, which would have been number twenty-nine of… Read More
Open Letter Regarding Officer Involved Murder of George Floyd & the Injustice That Exists in San Francisco
From: The Coalition of Righteous Roots
To: Mayor London Breed, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and District Attorney Chesa Boudin
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The officers-involved murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has sparked a new era in America: The Revolt of the Roots.
San Francisco, its politicians, and its machine, can embrace and support grassroots’ righteousness or be left behind in bewilderment.
If San Francisco truly represents the spirit of its namesake, Saint Francis, if it actually wants to solve struggles in our most oppressed communities, it must divest resources from the police department and invest wholeheartedly in frontline community empowerment organizations. It must prosecute police officers who have… Read More
Every semester the CCSF Mission Center offers a variety of certificates such as the FREE 16 week training programs in Website Development for E-Business Certificate Program, Construction Office Administration – CAPSA, English, High School, Child Development, Business, and Office Administration Specialist – a 12-unit job training program designed to enhance MS Office, communication, & web skills.
All the classes and Certificates Programs are normally offered at CCSF Mission Center – 1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.
This semester from August 17 to December 18, all classes are offered through remote instruction/online.
Potential students should enroll as soon as possible to ensure that space is available.
Find out more:… Read More
The Bay Area Arts Crisis Navigator is a recurring email newsletter providing a carefully curated set of resources and advice for artists and small arts organizations to help them find their way through the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These emails will include:
- New funding sources for individuals, nonprofits and businesses
- Guidance like "how to" guides or contextualizing articles
- Lists compiling resources specifically for our cultural sector
To help make sure that these resources reach their intended audience, I’m asking for your help in spreading the word. Can you please let artists, art workers and small arts organizations in your network know about the Bay Area Arts Crisis Navigator by sharing this email with them or by… Read More