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.
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We also offer free art classes for youth in low-income families. 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!

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📣ATTN: UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS!  🌞PAID Summer Internships at Plaza de la Raza provide a unique opportuni...
04/22/2021

📣ATTN: UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS! 

🌞PAID Summer Internships at Plaza de la Raza provide a unique opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with seasoned cultural workers committed to community-based arts and human services at the longest running multidisciplinary Latinx arts center in the US! 

We are currently looking to fill two Summer 2021 Internship positions: 🌞one Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern to assist with Social Media & Communications and 🌞one LA County Arts Intern to work in our School of Performing & Visual Arts Program.  

🌞All interested applicants must be students who reside or attend college within LA County. Undergraduates students are considered for our Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship. Community College Students are especially encouraged to apply for our LA County Arts internship. Both summer internships at Plaza de la Raza will be full-time 40 hours/week for 10 weeks, and made up of both remote and onsite work between June and August 2021.

➡️Send your resume and a brief cover letter directly to mailto:[email protected] 

‼️Deadline:  May 5, 2021

🌞More details & info on our website.  🔗Link in Bio.  

#SummerInternship #ArtsInternLA #GettyMarrow #LACountyArts #PlazaDeLaRaza #SchoolOfPerformingAndVisualArts #SPVAOnline

📣ATTN: UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS! 

🌞PAID Summer Internships at Plaza de la Raza provide a unique opportunity to work behind-the-scenes with seasoned cultural workers committed to community-based arts and human services at the longest running multidisciplinary Latinx arts center in the US! 

We are currently looking to fill two Summer 2021 Internship positions: 🌞one Getty Marrow Undergraduate Intern to assist with Social Media & Communications and 🌞one LA County Arts Intern to work in our School of Performing & Visual Arts Program.  

🌞All interested applicants must be students who reside or attend college within LA County. Undergraduates students are considered for our Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship. Community College Students are especially encouraged to apply for our LA County Arts internship. Both summer internships at Plaza de la Raza will be full-time 40 hours/week for 10 weeks, and made up of both remote and onsite work between June and August 2021.

➡️Send your resume and a brief cover letter directly to mailto:[email protected] 

‼️Deadline:  May 5, 2021

🌞More details & info on our website.  🔗Link in Bio.  

#SummerInternship #ArtsInternLA #GettyMarrow #LACountyArts #PlazaDeLaRaza #SchoolOfPerformingAndVisualArts #SPVAOnline

Spring Giveaway 2021We gave over 30 Easter Baskets to the community! Thank You @usccivicengage for the kind donation! #s...
04/04/2021

Spring Giveaway 2021
We gave over 30 Easter Baskets to the community!
Thank You @usccivicengage for the kind donation!
#spring #usccivicengagement #plaza #easterbasket

Attn: College Students! PAID Getty Marrow Internship opportunities throughout Los Angeles including Plaza de la Raza.
04/02/2021

Attn: College Students! PAID Getty Marrow Internship opportunities throughout Los Angeles including Plaza de la Raza.

Apply today! We’re pleased to announce another summer of PAID Getty Marrow internships for college students. The Getty Foundation will support 111 remote internships with 73 arts organizations across LA County. Find the full listing of available positions here: https://www.getty.edu/foundation/initiatives/current/mui/internship_positions.html.

Application deadlines vary by organization, but all positions will be filled by May 17, 2021.

Celebrating Women's History Month with Maria Jimenez-TorresToday as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we a...
03/31/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month with Maria Jimenez-Torres

Today as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, we acknowledge the hard work and legacy of Maria Jimenez-Torres, Plaza de la Raza’s Executive Director.

Many of you have experienced the warm smile and welcoming greeting of Maria Jimenez-Torres. She has touched the lives of generations of Plaza Kids, interns, artists, and local families over the past 30 years, first as a young volunteer, eventually as Assistant Director and Director of the School of Performing & Visual Arts, before becoming Plaza’s Executive Director in 2008.

Throughout her tenure, tens of thousands of children have had the opportunity to experience dance, music, theatre and visual arts on our stages, studio and classrooms which has also employed thousands of local teaching artists over the years. In addition, Maria has made it a point to also maintain vital partnerships to provide FamilySource services for local families--services that are critical now more than ever.

Maria is love in action and genuinely cares for every person that makes their way through Plaza’s colorful archway in Lincoln Park. Even during this difficult past year as the center has remained closed, Maria has made it a point to go beyond our facility to serve kids, artists and community. She took our annual Holiday Toy Giveaway on the road to the surrounding neighborhoods and expanded Plaza’s arts education programs online, hiring artists to make Plaza classes available to a wider audience during this pandemic.

As she works with Plaza board and staff on plans for the future of our center and school and spearheads an eventual safe transition back to on-site programming, we thank you Maria for your love of community and all that you do on our behalf! #WomensHistoryMonth

Spring Giveaway!!Plaza de la Raza will be giving out FREE Easter Baskets for kids!!On: March 31,2021At: 1:00 pm-3:00 pmB...
03/30/2021

Spring Giveaway!!
Plaza de la Raza will be giving out FREE Easter Baskets for kids!!
On: March 31,2021
At: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
By Appointment Only!!
Call (323)223-2475 To Pre-Register
#usccivicengagement #plazadelaraza #spring2021 #easterbasket #free

Spring Giveaway!!
Plaza de la Raza will be giving out FREE Easter Baskets for kids!!
On: March 31,2021
At: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
By Appointment Only!!
Call (323)223-2475 To Pre-Register
#usccivicengagement #plazadelaraza #spring2021 #easterbasket #free

Celebrating Women's History Month with BJ DodgeB.J. Dodge is a teaching artist who retired from the California Institute...
03/23/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month with BJ Dodge

B.J. Dodge is a teaching artist who retired from the California Institute of the Arts after 33 years. First, as a member of the Theater School, in performance, and for 27 years – primarily - as a coordinator and lead instructor for Community Arts Partnership, where she was in residence at Plaza de la Raza, and oversaw the process of creating original and adapted work, with a playwright, Plaza youth, CalArts alumni, CalArts students, and staff. This program was year-long in scope, and involved the process to production, at both Plaza, and the REDCAT in downtown L.A.

She's been working with California State Summer School for the Arts since 1998, as an acting, movement, and mask instructor and has chaired the theater area since 2011. In addition, she's worked with Shakespeare Center Los Angeles as a teaching artist, in collaboration with East Los Angeles Performing Arts Academy, and the Huntington Library. She is on the teaching staff of both Orange County School for the Arts, in Acting and Musical Theater conservatories. She has recently been a guest director for Cal Poly Pomona’s Theater and New Dance department, and at California State University at Long Beach.

#celebratingwomenshistorymonth

Celebrating Women's History Month with Margaret GarciaMargaret Garcia was born in East Los Angeles in 1951. Her family’s...
03/17/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month with Margaret Garcia

Margaret Garcia was born in East Los Angeles in 1951. Her family’s history in Lincoln Park dates back to 1924 when her grandmother brought her children to what is now the site of Plaza de la Raza.

Margaret is Identified as one of 24 artists who have had an impact on Los Angeles Art. Garcia’s work consists of oil paintings saturated with a wildly expressive palette. The flat compositional spaces are firmly rooted to the traditions of Mexican folk art. Her paintings are in the collections of LACMA, the Laguna Art Museum and the personal collection of Cheech Marin.

Her recent exhibitions include Chicano Dreams, Bordeaux, France; Muse D’Aquitaine and Transforming Feminism, South Bay Contemporary. Her work is on the walls of the Universal City Metro station as part of a historic tribute to the History of California and the signing of the Capitulation of Cahuenga, making California a territory of the United States.

Her greatest sense of accomplishment is from knowing that she has facilitated an artist in becoming what they want to be; a working, thriving and recognized artist.
#womenshistorymonth

Celebrating Women's History Month with Yolanda GonzálezYolanda González was born into a family whose artistic heritage...
03/12/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month with Yolanda González

Yolanda González was born into a family whose artistic heritage dates back to 1877. Her world is one of curiosity, demonstrating her love of people and their surroundings. González’s travels in different countries, the bonds forged with individuals in those places, and the resulting transformative experiences are reflected in her art and her life. She is known for her strong, bold brush strokes of color and texture, intent on evoking imagination and emotion.

González studied at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design after winning a painting competition that awarded her a scholarship to the prestigious school. This led her to Self-Help Graphics, an involvement that lasted for years and resulted in her being sent to Spain and Scotland as a representative for exhibitions in those countries. Over the years, she has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, throughout Europe, and in South Africa.

In 1998, she was an artist in residence in Ginza, Japan followed by a similar stint in Assisi, Italy during 1999. Among the many museums that have shown her work are the Armand Hammer Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum and the Diego Rivera Museum in México City. Throughout the years González has taught at Inner City Arts, Para Los Ninos, Plaza de La Raza, Crenshaw Christian Center, MOCA and Alta Med.

#womenshistorymonth

New Classes Featuring the Conga and the CajonJoin us for new classes taught by Grammy nominated and world renown drummer...
03/10/2021

New Classes Featuring the Conga and the Cajon

Join us for new classes taught by Grammy nominated and world renown drummer, percussionist, producer, band leader, and educator, Homero Chavez. Learn about the history of the Conga and the Cajon and how it came to be, as well as the fundamentals of how to play each instrument.

Plaza de la Raza has lost a member of our family, our beloved brother Oscar Salas, artist, dancer and teacher. For the l...
03/09/2021

Plaza de la Raza has lost a member of our family, our beloved brother Oscar Salas, artist, dancer and teacher. For the last 40 years, Oscar made Plaza his home away from home as an active member of our center and school participating first as a student, teacher and dance choreographer with Folklor Pasión Mexicana. Notably, a multi-talented award-winning artist, he designed and supervised Plaza’s fountain installation and public ofrenda for our annual Día de los Mu***os for the past seven years. Every year, he created a scene more spectacular than the year before, a centerpiece greeting all as they came to Plaza to enjoy our annual festivities. Through his art, he created and opportunity for our visitors to develop a greater understanding and awareness of the Mexican-American culture and we are forever grateful. Oscar Salas was born in Ramon Corona, Durango Mexico.  He was 13 years old when he and his family immigrated to the United States.  Oscar’s great-grandmother and grandmother are a strong foundation and a constant inspiration for the Dia de los Mu***os installations. He created and displayed Dia de los Mu***os Installations throughout Los Angeles County for over 15 years. He is an award winning Dia de Los Mu***os Altar Artist at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  Oscar used industrial materials in his creations in a juxtaposition to display the coldness of death against the beauty and the festive celebration of Dia de los Mu***os. The use of the art form was recognized and awarded 2nd place in 2014 and 1st place in 2018 from the well-known and recognized Forever Hollywood Cemetery, Day of the Death annual celebration. He has touched the lives of so many dancers, students, families and co-workers, his Plaza family, with joy, grace and creativity, always charming and always so available to contribute to his culture. His loss cuts deep into our hearts, but he is loved and he is remembered. Oscar Salas, PRESENTE!
#plazadelaraza #folklorpasionmexicana

Celebrating Women's History Month with Juanita LopezJuanita Lopez is the long-time Madrina of the balet folklorico progr...
03/04/2021

Celebrating Women's History Month with Juanita Lopez

Juanita Lopez is the long-time Madrina of the balet folklorico program at Plaza de la Raza. Mothers, who were once young folkloristas themselves, bring their young children to dance with Juanita. Students have now become full-fledged professionals and are part of her cadre of teachers and mentors. Juanita has been at the head of the folklorico legacy at Plaza for nearly forty years. Along the way she has built a dynasty of dancers that has become the popular standard bearers of excellence and tradition earning national and international accolades.

She is a graduate of CSU Los Angeles, co-founder of Floricanto USA, and was a professional dancer with Mexicapan for several years. Juanita has nurtured the Plaza student dance troupe for several generations of dancers, developing a touring ensemble that has been seen across the nation and has earned a stellar reputation as an award winning folklorico troupe. In addition to being a choreographer and balet folklorico historian, she is also a designer and seamstress, and has created costumes for the Plaza group as well as a number of well-known companies in the Southern California area. She is the Artistic Co-Director of Pasion Folklor Mexicano. Along with Lazaro Arvizu, the leader of Xipi Totec, the Aztec Dance Ensemble at Plaza, Juanita has been a local treasure and cultural leader in Dance and is a member of the family at Plaza de la Raza.
#womenshistorymonth

New Classes Added about the Pandeiro.In this introductory Pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) class, students will learn how...
03/04/2021

New Classes Added about the Pandeiro.

In this introductory Pandeiro (Brazilian tambourine) class, students will learn how to hold the drum, play basic sounds, and how to play two of the most traditional Brazilian rhythms: Samba and Baião.

Plaza de la Raza Celebrates Women's History Month Margo Albert was born Maria Margarita Guadalupe Teresa Estella Castill...
03/02/2021

Plaza de la Raza Celebrates Women's History Month

Margo Albert was born Maria Margarita Guadalupe Teresa Estella Castilla Bolado y O’Donnell in Mexico City. She was brought to New York as an infant by her widowed mother, she later moved to Los Angeles where she was taught dance by Rita Hayworth’s father, Eduardo Cansino. She first performed at age 10 and made her film debut at 15 in the 1932 film ″Crime Without Passion. ″ She appeared in Frank Capra’s 1937 ″Lost Horizon, ″ and with Carole Lombard and George Raft in ″Rumba, ″ among other films. Her Broadway career began in 1935 with the lead role in Maxwell Anderson’s ″Winterset″ with Burgess Meredith.

Margo Albert was the Chairperson of the Board at Plaza de la Raza and instrumental in getting the facility established and built in Lincoln Park. She was also the Chairperson of the California Arts Council. She created the Margo Albert Players at Plaza and dozens of young Latino actors got their start with her performing troupe.

Last Day of Heart Coloring PageEszter Delgado, is a Los Angeles-based artist, educator, activist, and curator. She recei...
02/28/2021

Last Day of Heart Coloring Page

Eszter Delgado, is a Los Angeles-based artist, educator, activist, and curator. She received her BFA from Humboldt State with a Minor in Multi-Cultural Studies and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Eszter has taught art all over California (from the Hoopa and Yurok reservations in Northern California to the southern US Mexico border), Plaza de la Raza for about 10 years and was in a video that was filmed with Plaza kids and Paul Botello that was on Sesame Street, and, in Maui, Hawai’i at the Kamehameha School. Her work responds to cultural and societal issues and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her practice crosses many mediums such as ceramics, video and encaustics, to name a few. Eszter has participated in food and water drops near the US-Mexico Border. She recently curated an International Postcard Postal Art project.
Check out our story for the link to the coloring page!
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Heart Coloring Page Day 26 Carmen Vargas' artistic career is focused on multimedia art. She has been teaching art for ov...
02/26/2021

Heart Coloring Page Day 26

Carmen Vargas' artistic career is focused on multimedia art. She has been teaching art for over 25 years to children and adults in different communities throughout Los Angeles. Her inspiration is her own culture and what is around her.
Check out our story for the link to the color pages!
#coloringpages #coloring

Heart Coloring Page Day 25 Michelle Taylor, better known to her artistic peers as Pinchi Michi is a creative artist who ...
02/25/2021

Heart Coloring Page Day 25

Michelle Taylor, better known to her artistic peers as Pinchi Michi is a creative artist who was born in East L.A and was raised in South Central Los Angeles. She attended El Camino College and Cal State Long Beach for Fine Arts. She loves to use strong bold colors in her artworks, and unconsciously pays tribute to her Mexican American Culture. She was raised by a single mom, and her childhood was ridden with extreme poverty, domestic violence, and instability. All the hard struggles of life were viewed as the norm for the young artist and art has always been the source for coping and as refuge. Art was more than just a colorful distraction or casual personal interest, instead it has continually functioned as a life line.
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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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I always loved Plaza de la raza I worked there from 1980 til 1995 enjoyed it so much
The Jewel of Lincoln Hts, City of the Angels, Golden State, Aztlán, United States, Hemisphere of the Americas, Planet Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, to Infinity...and Beyond
Too Many Tamales 2019 Christmas Tradition play by Lina Montalvo Based on the book by Gary Soto Directed by Margarita Lamas Co-Directed/Choreographed by Lorena Lucas Light & Set Designer Armando Rubio * Preview Thursday, December 19 Tentative TBA Special Engagement. Opening starts Friday,December20 at 8 pm in Spanish Saturday, December 21 at 3pm mat in English and 6 pm in Spanish Sunday, December 22 at 3pm mat in Spanish and 5pm English Bilingual Foundation of the Arts Presents Too Many Tamales 2019 held At Plaza de la Raza 3540 N. MISSION RD ,LA. ,CA. 90031 For Information call (213) 437-0500 Www.bfatheatre.org Www.eventbrite.com
I bought two tickets and now I can’t go… Presale tickets message me if you’d like to buy them
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Can you send me the information on the prom dresses event you are having at plaza
Hey! I'm super excited to share with you about a project I'm working on, it's a web series called Hecho En Echo. The series will focus on two Latino artists struggling to make it in Echo Park in this story of healing and hoops in the City of Angels. We launched a crowdfunding campaign and I hope you'll support us by making a contribution and sharing the link www.HechoEnEcho.com. At the end of the day, our goal is to empower Latinas to tell their own stories amidst gentrification. Thank you so much!