Latino Cultural Arts Center

At the LCAC, we believe that cultural development can and must be done differently. It must be BOLD by generating wealth from the bottom up while opening opportunities for intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary understanding.

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National Night Out: Mural Project (Artist Stipends)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

We are teaming up with the Denver Dream Center, Servicios de la Raza, and DPD (District 1) to host an annual National Night Out (NNO) on August 3, 2021 from 5pm to 8pm at the 3100 block of Avondale drive (14th and Federal). We will launch the design of a community mural project led by a young local artist. This timely collaboration contributes to conversations about community-led policing, while creating mentorship opportunities for young people in the cultural arts.

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Evidence of Program's Success

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.

Ofrendas

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Native Americans
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Ofrendas is a multi-faceted celebration of the ancient native Mexican and contemporary Mexican and Mexican American traditions that make up Día de los Muertos. It is an invitation to co-create with local and international artisans, while honoring all of those that have come before us through virtual content and customizable, hand-made Ofrenda-kits. These altars, dedicated to the deceased, tell stories of loss and resilience. Through creation and reverance, we bring family and community together to learn, heal, and celebrate.

In 2020, the LCAC coordinated 4 virtual presentations:

1) by a local Apache elder who talked about the ancient roots of Day of the Dead;

2) by two local chefs who talked about the importance of food in healing and community building

3) by an assistant professor of Yaqui and Mexica descent who shared strategies for processing historical and generational trauma;

4) A panel of the "OG's" (local elders) that brought Dia de los Muertos to Denver

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Evidence of Program's Success

Ofrendas combines art, community development, mental health to provide creative and authentic spaces to process grief and loss. By working collectively across many organizations and different sectors we aim to maximize our impact and reach the most people. In 2021, Ofrendas reached over 600 people across Denver and beyond.

Stories Shared:

"The kit is soooo beautiful and the class was great! You all are showing the world what it means to truly appreciate this holiday" - Denver, CO

"It was a healing experience. This series is so very amazing and I am so excited about the work LCAC is doing to educate us on these subjects" - Houston, TX

"I wanted to thank you and Nostros Latinos in Denver for bringing us this beautifully spiritual and real look at what Dia de los Muertos has meant and means to our community. Originally from the border town of El Paso, I've been in California since the 1990s and have celebrated this holiday in LA and SF and connected to it even more so after losing many in my life. I am thankful that you not only highlighted this tradition that we have, but also really went many layers deeper on how we can reclaim our grief and traditions by trying to reconcile historical trauma. It is so very insightful!" - US Bank Team Member

"Here is a sweet story for you, if I may. I'll give you a short version - our daughter only lived for 5 days, and while she was in the hospital, ladybugs were around her (the sign on her incubator, the outfit the hospital dressed her in). A ladybug landed on her flowers while I visited the cemetery alone the first time after her death and have frequently appeared to us at key moments (my graduation day, at the Thanksgiving table, one landed next to my son while we were taking a photo on a family vacation, etc) so ladybugs are special to us! Unfortunately, we had not seen one in awhile. I put my ofrenda up on that Friday. On Saturday, as my husband reached for our front gate, he saw a ladybug sitting right next to the lock. He called me immediately to come out. It felt like we made space for her and she sent her love. It absolutely made my day. Putting up an ofrenda will definitely be a new tradition for us."
- Alamosa, CO

Artist Training Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The Artist Training Program (ATP) is a capacity building program that consists of 10 workshops in the areas of statement writing, marketing and branding, technology use, and working with local arts agencies (among others) for established and emerging artists. We have two goals: 1) developing an interdisciplinary, intercultural and intergenerational learning community, 2) collectively seek further funding for larger community arts programs.

Participating artists each receive a $350 stipend. By building capacity and organizing emerging artists and educators, the LCAC is investing in the long-term vibrancy of Denver and of its own educational programming. Workshops will be held online via Zoom on a weekly basis until social distancing guidelines are relaxed.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Artist testimonial:

"Thank you so much for organizing the LCAC [ATP] Cohort, I would not have been ready for this amazing opportunity [Ofrendas] without the classes and mentorship through the LCAC. I am really happy you all pushed us to have our artist statements, portfolios, and biographies ready for such an occasion. I feel truly privileged to have taken part and 'met' with brilliant artists working in Denver, my world has expanded! I find myself really looking forward to all of the programs and opportunities Las Bodegas will be able to offer not only artists but the community at large."

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