Plaza de la Raza

Plaza de la Raza Plaza de la Raza provides after-school art classes in visual arts, music, dance and theatre for all ages and all skill levels! Plaza also offers cultural community events. We also offer free art classes for youth in low-income families.
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Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education is the only multidisciplinary community arts venue dedicated to serving the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we offer affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 4,100 children, teens and adults each year. Our mission is to foster enrichment of all cultures bridging the geographic, social, artistic, and cultural boundaries of Los Angeles, and beyond. Visit our website at www.plazadelaraza.org to see our current class schedule. With opportunities for students of all ages, courses ranging from entry level to conservatory level, and FREE ART CLASSES for qualifying low income families, Plaza de la Raza has something for everyone!

Mission: Plaza de la Raza is the only multidisciplinary cultural arts and educational center dedicated to serving Eastside communities in Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers affordable after-school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 4,100 children, teens and adults each year. Annually, Plaza presents more than 500 classes, which are taught quarterly by local artists and performers, and over 25,000 visitors attend its free cultural programs. Plaza’s small staff is supported by about 300 community volunteers.

Today we want to honor Margo Albert, Mexican American actress and dancer but also one of Plaza de la Raza’s very own cha...
07/18/2020

Today we want to honor Margo Albert, Mexican American actress and dancer but also one of Plaza de la Raza’s very own chairwoman. Margo told the LA times she wanted a space for Latinx people to have access and training for show business... “more than ever, there is so much love and talent in the barrio.” Margo would be really proud and happy about how far Plaza de la Raza has come along. #plaza50 #plazadelaraza #lincolnpark #lincolnheights #losangeles #margoalbert #margoalberttheater

California CARES for Plaza de la Raza!
07/17/2020
California Humanities

California CARES for Plaza de la Raza!

Congratulations to all 251 recipients of our CA CARES Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants across California. California Humanities awarded $1,556,149 statewide to help meet the relief and capacity-building needs of non-profit humanities and cultural organizations and individuals, sustaining and growing the public humanities field in California during this difficult time. Funding for these grants is provided by @nehgov as part of the federal CARES Act and by the #StateofCalifornia through the #CaliforniaStateLibrary. View our full list of grantees at https://bit.ly/2CKsI4R.

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Any history buffs out there? Ralph Lazo, Chicanx hero was only 17 years old when he voluntarily went to Manzanar Relocat...
07/14/2020

Any history buffs out there? Ralph Lazo, Chicanx hero was only 17 years old when he voluntarily went to Manzanar Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. Due to racist and derogatory ideologies Japanese people were put in camps and incarcerated. Ralph was not having it, if his friends were leaving he was too! After being at Manzanar for two and a half years he served in the Army for 2 years then went to UCLA and got a BA in sociology and a masters from CSUN. He became an activist for minorities and was always vocal about injustice. Ralphs selflessness and solidarity is admirable and shows us how sticking together and standing up for one another can be very rewarding. Link in bio for a short film about Ralph Lazo’s experience. #upcomingproject #plaza50 #plazadelaraza #losangeles #lincolnpark #margoalberttheater

Drum Roll for our Plaza Alumnus Montse (Gallardo) Gomez! She was a student from 2001-2005. Since then she obtained 2 Bac...
07/13/2020

Drum Roll for our Plaza Alumnus Montse (Gallardo) Gomez! She was a student from 2001-2005. Since then she obtained 2 Bachelor degrees and then a Masters and credential from USC. She currently works as a licensed clinical social worker focusing on mental health! Montse states,
“Plaza was such a transformational experience for me in the theater program. As a middle schooler transitioning into high school, Plaza was a safe space where I was able to be creative and self-expressive.This experience gave me the confidence to take risks and be myself. I will forever be grateful for all of the amazing and positive role models that lead the programs and keep Plaza running.”
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Happy Birthday Frank E. Romero, Dean of Chicano Art!In 1974, Los Four became the first Chicano collective to be seen ins...
07/11/2020

Happy Birthday Frank E. Romero, Dean of Chicano Art!
In 1974, Los Four became the first Chicano collective to be seen inside the walls at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Frank E. Romero was one of the founding members, along with Gilbert Magu Lujan, Beto de la Rocha, and Carlos Almaraz. They broke through the staid cultural status quo.
In an age of "cancel culture", in which history and culture is being given a well deserved and necessary revision, it is important to remember there were groups like ASCO, who wrote their name on the LACMA walls having been denied an opportunity, and two years later, Los Four, breaking down the walls as the first presentation of Chicano art at the County public museum in the largest homogeneous population of Latinos (Chicanos/Mexicans) in the United States. They were pioneers, brave and ground breaking, and set in motion the advent of Chicano art and culture into the American fabric. Indeed, most of the artists from those collectives are now part of the national collection of the Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. They were the truth tellers of their time, and deserve our gratitude and accolade for paving the way of the future.
Now, Frank E. Romoero is 79 years old, today. He has been a long time teacher and presence at Plaza de la Raza. He has been on the Board of Directors for years as a senior art advisor and has spear-headed the annual holiday art sale, which supports Plaza's programs AND is a benefit to the dozens of artists who gather to sell their art.
He also founded the ceramics program at Plaza de la Raza, building it from scratch into one of the most popular art making tracks at Plaza. He has been generous toward Plaza and fortified the ongoing mural program in addition to all the other good things he has done to make the campus a shining jewel in the City landscape.
Frank is considered by many to be the Dean of Chicano Art and has never stopped giving to the community that gave him his voice and passion for art. He has been a blessing to Plaza, from the time he was a skinny bell bottomed kid who was teaching art under the trees until today. He is a cultural icon and treasure. But more importantly, he is a friend, a co worker and part of the family at Plaza de la Raza. We are so honored to wish Frank, on behalf of a national following and an international audience: Happy Birthday! 79 years young!

Plaza de la Raza had the honor to host the first Frida Kahlo art exhibit in the United States in 1987! Her art and her s...
07/06/2020

Plaza de la Raza had the honor to host the first Frida Kahlo art exhibit in the United States in 1987! Her art and her story have touched, inspired, and broken standards across the world. Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo 🎉 #plaza50 #plazadelaraza #losangeles #lincolnpark #fridakahlo

🎇🎆🦆#tbt to 2015! Oh how time flies 💭 This 4th of July will be a little different but let’s not miss the opportunity to c...
07/02/2020

🎇🎆🦆#tbt to 2015! Oh how time flies 💭 This 4th of July will be a little different but let’s not miss the opportunity to create new memories/ traditions while staying indoors and staying safe! #plaza50 #stayhome #4thofjuly #lincolnpark #plazadelaraza

06/30/2020

Many years ago, the student theatre program at Plaza de la Raza adapted Bless Me, Ultima for the stage for their final production that year. Rudy Anaya was kind enough to come out to Los Angeles to attend the show and I got to meet him and talk to him about writing. He was gracious and spoke with the students as well. What a great writer, role model. Rudolf Anaya, PRESENTE!

“A dream being realized... Nowhere in the United States is there a place where young Mexican American artist—painters, s...
06/30/2020

“A dream being realized... Nowhere in the United States is there a place where young Mexican American artist—painters, sculptors, actors poets,musicians , filmmakers— can work together to develop artistic expression of a their rich culture. PLAZA DE LA RAZA will be the first national Chicano art center. Nowhere in the vast Mexican American community of this nation is there a showplace were the proud heritage can we proudly displayed and where the link between past and present can be appreciated. PLAZA DE LA RAZA will help the nation understand its Chicano minority” reads a Plaza de la Raza fundraiser pamphlet. Look at us now, 50 years young. Breaking barriers and doing the unimaginable. We are here to stay! #plaza50 #plazadelaraza #lincolnpark #losangeles #1970 @ Plaza de la Raza

Happy Birthday Bill Bartlett! Bill Bartlett came to Plaza de la Raza in 1987, 33 years ago, making him the longest servi...
06/25/2020

Happy Birthday Bill Bartlett!

Bill Bartlett came to Plaza de la Raza in 1987, 33 years ago, making him the longest serving instructor we have had at the School for the Performing and Visual Arts at Plaza de la Raza. With wings on his feet like Mercury himself, Bill has been teaching Tap dance to several generations of young people that are now both former students who have become parents, and their children, still dancing with Mr. B. His energy and magnetic smile have enriched the lives of thousands of children at Plaza over the years.

He began working the same year Rosalie Portillo was hired, and she went on to become the madrina of the Tiendita at Plaza de la Raza until her passing a couple of years ago. In the latter years of her life, Bill would pick her up and bring her to Plaza every Wednesday, always stopping for lunch and their weekly visits at IHOP; two old friends who had seen it all while serving the community.

Bill started out as a skinny kid who loved to dance in Portland, Oregon. He caught the eye of the great chantuse Sophie Tucker, and was brought into her stage show to do a nightly dance routine, performing in cabarets and clubs throughout the country. Along the way, he danced with Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, and other great luminaries, as well as performed in films, television and on the stage. He was in the Disney on Parade live show that toured the US and the world. He danced for Arthur Murray Studios and Debbie Reynolds, teaching when he wasn’t performing. It’s hard to find a dance studio in Southern California where he hasn’t taught but he has been a long time teacher not only at Plaza but at Pasadena Dance Company and at the Idyllwild School of the Arts. He married his lifetime sweetheart Deborah and they had an act and danced together for years. They are still married and dancing together, a lifetime of love.

Bill is one of the elders of our community, the School of the Performing Arts, and part of our 50 year legacy at Plaza de la Raza. Happy 80th birthday Mr. Bartlett, may we all be as young as you!

Juntos: New color pages for you by David Flury!🌞David is a long-time teaching artist at Plaza de la Raza’s School of Per...
06/17/2020

Juntos: New color pages for you by David Flury!🌞David is a long-time teaching artist at Plaza de la Raza’s School of Performing & Visual Arts, working with students ages 10 – adult. David created a few unique images for kids & adults to decorate from home, with a beautiful page that features the center's beloved courtyard fountain in honor of Plaza’s 50th Anniversary. ¡Muchas Gracias David !

#Plaza50 #Juntos

LINK to Coloring Pages: http://www.plazadelaraza.org/news/2020/6/17/coloring-pages-by-artist-david-flury

¡Felicidades Class of 2020! 🎓Best wishes to you and your families as you celebrate your achievement! It has been a since...
06/12/2020

¡Felicidades Class of 2020! 🎓Best wishes to you and your families as you celebrate your achievement! It has been a sincere honor to be a part of your creative journey so far. We trust that you will continue to Dance, make Music, Perform, Create and rely on your talents going forward and well into your future. Please also hold dear all the good memories of your Plaza Family and this special place in your community that believes in you...Always!🌞#ClassOf2020 #Plaza50

"Now she’s studying there and teaching classes to young artists ages three to 12 at Plaza de la Raza (sadly, in-person c...
06/11/2020
Remezcla

"Now she’s studying there and teaching classes to young artists ages three to 12 at Plaza de la Raza (sadly, in-person classes are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19)."

Even though she rarely saw artists or subjects that looked like her growing up, Cruz often turned to art as an escape. It often felt like “a second language,” she says.

Attn: Lincoln Heights! 🌞Case managers Carolyn & Frances will be out again today with art supplies & coloring pages for t...
06/08/2020

Attn: Lincoln Heights! 🌞Case managers Carolyn & Frances will be out again today with art supplies & coloring pages for the kids! 🎨 Thank you to those who offered encouragement and sent pictures to share your work with us last week! Keep a lookout for the Plaza wagon and be sure to wear your masks & practice proper social distancing! 😷#HealingThroughArt #Juntos #Plaza50 @ Lincoln Heights

06/08/2020

Juntos: Everything about Plaza de la Raza is positive and an act of resistance. ✊🏽🌞 To spread a little sunshine today, let’s listen in on a bit of the progress that our talented music students Sylvia and Jeffery are making, as they work with their instructor Irineo Yañez learning a "Son Veracruzano" called "El Tilingo Lingo." 🎶 Characteristics of this style of music represent a fusion of Indigenous, African and Spanish musical elements. Enjoy and stay safe out there all! #Plaza50 #SonVeracruzano #SonJarocho #Armonía

Juntos: Sometimes simple hands-on creative activities can provide a bit of stress relief. José Lozano, a long-time teach...
06/03/2020

Juntos: Sometimes simple hands-on creative activities can provide a bit of stress relief. José Lozano, a long-time teaching artist at Plaza de la Raza’s School of Performing & Visual Arts, offers up his work as coloring pages intended to provide some fun for kids and families right now. Pictured here with Hailey, one of his many Plaza students, José works with young visual artists ages 12 – 18 in building their skills and portfolio preparation. As a part of our Juntos efforts, José offers six unique downloadable coloring pages. Some are inspired by other artists, and all can be downloaded FREE for kids and adults to work on together from home. Find them on our website. If you don't have access to a printer or supplies, please reach out so we can help (323)223-2475. Be sure to tag & share your work with us! #PlazaDeLaRaza #Juntos

Kids! Download & decorate the new color page created by teaching artist Maricela Sosa to honor Plaza de la Raza's 50th A...
05/28/2020

Kids! Download & decorate the new color page created by teaching artist Maricela Sosa to honor Plaza de la Raza's 50th Anniversary 🌞 Forward or post a photo of your personalized piece and be sure to tag us! We will string them together in anticipation of our public celebration when it is safe to gather again! #Plaza50

http://www.plazadelaraza.org/news/2020/5/27/coloring-page-for-kids-by-maricela-sosa

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Juntos: Nothing stops the music! 🎶 Irineo Yañez, Director of our Youth Mariachi Program, keeps up the momentum after hi...
05/22/2020

Juntos: Nothing stops the music! 🎶 Irineo Yañez, Director of our Youth Mariachi Program, keeps up the momentum after his students’ successful participation in the USD Mariachi Conference in San Diego earlier this year! 🌞 Irineo is a long-time teaching artist in our School of Performing & Visual Arts who currently teaches Violin, Trumpet and Armonía each week via Zoom! Muchisimas Gracias Irineo and students for putting in the time and keeping up the practice! We look forward to enjoying your music when it’s safe to perform in public at Plaza de la Raza again soon!
#Plaza50 #Juntos

Juntos: Denise Godinez-Gonzalez, teaching artist in our TinyTots program, checks in with her young students and encourag...
05/20/2020

Juntos: Denise Godinez-Gonzalez, teaching artist in our TinyTots program, checks in with her young students and encourages us to stretch and move, as demonstated so beautifully from home by young dancer Alejandra Teresa Fuentes.💃🏻 Denise is a former Plaza student herself and teaches Folklórico Dance for kids ages 2-6 in our School of Performing & Visual Arts.🌞 Until we can all dance together again, keep moving and continue to stay safe everyone! #Plaza50 #Juntos

Juntos: Learn how to make a Mini Corazón Piñata with America Madrigal-Herrera who teaches folk art classes for ages 7-12...
05/18/2020

Juntos: Learn how to make a Mini Corazón Piñata with America Madrigal-Herrera who teaches folk art classes for ages 7-12 at Plaza de la Raza's School of Performing & Visual Arts. Find template and link to the YouTube instructional video on our website at http://www.plazadelaraza.org/news 🎨Materials: Cereal box, colored tissue paper, colored construction paper, scissors, tape, glue

https://youtu.be/WKjv2IP9SRU

#Juntos #Plaza50

FAMILY SOURCE: Plaza de la Raza remains closed to the public but staffers Caroyn Molina and Frances Torres are available...
05/18/2020

FAMILY SOURCE: Plaza de la Raza remains closed to the public but staffers Caroyn Molina and Frances Torres are available via phone or email to connect you with available resources. These seasoned resource specialists are answering questions and making referrals to help you get the resources you need! Contact the office at (323)223-2475 or email [email protected] or [email protected] to discuss your specific needs. Se habla Español.

05/14/2020

Juntos: Teaching artist Marcelo Bucater checks in from Brazil encouraging his music students to get creative, improvise by use household items to create your own drum set if need be while practicing at home! Check out Marcelo’s demonstration of different styles and rhythms including #Rock #Disco #Funk and #BrazilianSamba Enjoy and stay safe all!

#Plaza50

Juntos: Join us for Amate Paper Painting with teaching artist Andrew Cervantes. For viewing on #PlazaDeLaRaza’s YouTube ...
05/13/2020

Juntos: Join us for Amate Paper Painting with teaching artist Andrew Cervantes. For viewing on #PlazaDeLaRaza’s YouTube Channel, @GlitteringAndy takes us through a step-by-step introduction of this indigenous Mexican craft first practiced by Otomi craftspeople and Nahua painters, pointing out that the oldest known piece of amate paper dates back to the year 75. Materials: Acrylic paint, brown paper bag, pencil, scissors, colored markers or colored pencils

https://youtu.be/dl2rcg0OWig

#Plaza50

05/08/2020

Throwing it back to 2011 when KellyClarkson🎶 shot a music video "Stronger” at Plaza de la Raza!🌞Film projects like these support our School of Performing & Visual Arts program! 👯🎭🎨Looking forward to a time when we can dance in the courtyard once again! #Plaza50 #PDLR50 #WhatDoesntKillYouMakesYouStronger

We make ART & we make a difference! The Cal Arts Council is supporting Plaza de la Raza's School of Performing & Visual ...
05/06/2020

We make ART & we make a difference! The Cal Arts Council is supporting Plaza de la Raza's School of Performing & Visual Arts through their Youth Arts Action grants program. Plaza's year-round arts education programs touch the lives of thousands of kids each year through the mentorship & talent of 50+ local teaching artists. ALL young people deserve meaningful, culturally responsive arts-learning to reach their full potential!

http://tiny.cc/CACGrantees2020 #ArtsCA

05/05/2020
Theatre Games with BJ!

Fun theatre games with BJ Dodge who encourages students to use your creativity & imagination while at home, and reminds us all that, “I am a child of the universe no less than the moon and starts, I have a right to be here!” #PlazaDeLaRaza #SchoolOfPerformingAndVisualArts #Juntos #Together #Plaza50Theatre

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3540 N Mission Rd
Los Angeles, CA
90031

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Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

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Located in Los Angeles’ historic Lincoln Park, Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts & Education is the longest operating multidisciplinary Latino/Latinx cultural arts center in the country. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we offer affordable after-school, inter-generational arts education programs to over 5,000 children, teens and adults each year. Our mission is to foster enrichment of all cultures bridging the geographic, social, artistic, and cultural boundaries of Los Angeles, and beyond. Visit our website at www.plazadelaraza.org to see our current class schedule. With opportunities for students of all ages, courses ranging from entry level to conservatory level, and FREE ART CLASSES for qualifying low income families, Plaza de la Raza has something for everyone!

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