|About||Founded in 1980, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is one of the largest community-based, multidisciplinary organizations in the United States.|
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center cultivates, promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary Latino arts and culture through multidisciplinary programming.
Through Latino arts and culture, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center revolutionizes how we imagine the world.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center was founded by a group of San Antonio artists who were determined to play a critical role in shaping the artistic and cultural experiences of San Antonio’s residents and visitors alike. Nearly thirty-four years ago this band of artists formed a pro-active group called the Performance Artists’ Nucleus (PAN). They represented different organizations that were seeking municipal funds to support their work and to preserve and promote the rich traditions of Latino culture.
PAN’s tireless efforts was an effective force to widen the lens for the general public who began to understand that cultural traditions were disappearing and to realize that vital decisions were being made for the Latino community without their input. PAN’s activism was its strength.
The original artists’ commitment to preserve and promote Chicano culture by securing municipal funding marked the beginning of the Center as it operates today: a multidisciplinary cultural arts center with six disciplines and among the nation’s first Chicano organizations to collaborate with Mexican artists and cultural institutions, commission and present new works and to pioneer in community cultural education. As a result, the Center is one of the City of San Antonio’s five major cultural organizations.
Since its inception, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has either introduced, showcased or fostered the talents of almost every major Chicano/Latino visual artist, filmmaker, playwright, actor, writer, folkloric dancer/choreographer, or Chicano musician in the United States today. The Center, unique among Latino organizations for its scope of interests, its communlty education classes, and its encompassing humanities and arts programming, was unrivalled in the U.S.
Today, inspired by the Guadalupe, other Latino centers have taken root across the nation, however the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center remains a national model, still unequalled in Texas and the Southwest.
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