The mission of the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) is to strengthen the knowledge of the extensive artistic expressions of Latinos living in the U.S. and globally through education, discussion, exhibition, and preservation of their historical and ongoing contributions. We challenge disciplinary and artistic boundaries by connecting students with artists, communities and scholars.
The LCAC has been focused for the past two years on community collaborations and partnerships, along with the design and construction planning for a new cultural campus. It will consist of an integrated cultural campus featuring an arts academy ("La Academia"), a library ("La Teca"), two museums ("Museo de Herencia Mexicana" and the "Museum of Latin America"), retail space, and an eatery. Final design will be completed in 2020.
In the meantime, the LCAC is establishing an arts academy known as La Academia, where it will gather dancers, musicians, and painters and encourage them to collaborate rather than work in isolation. It is developing innovative approaches to representing Latino art, history, and culture by building programs that span generations and borders.
"What I look forward to the most is how the LCAC will open the eyes of all Denverites to the richness of Latino American cultures, from language to literature and fine art to music." - Advisory Council Member, Dalia Dorta
"People are sadly forgetting their traditions. Folk art is declining, because younger generations think that it isn't cool or relevant. So, having a place like the LCAC is a reminder of the importance to keep these traditions alive. We should be very proud of where we come from and share that with everyone. The people working with the LCAC have sophisticated perspectives. People really want growth and be involved in this vision. Denver is changing fast and a big part of the population is Latino and that will continue to expand." - Artist in Residence, David Ocetotl Garcia
"The plan for LCAC is to make learning about the past and present Latino expressions engaging and fulfilling." - Advisory Council Member, Magdalena Aguayo