OUR MISSION: A LATINO RENAISSANCE
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.
• Preserve the historic presence of Latinos in the Rocky Mountain region
• Ensure adequate representation of varied Latino cultural traditions
• Promote self-empowerment of the Latino community through participation in artistic activities
• Provide Latino artists an opportunity to launch new cultural endeavors
• Encourage tourism in the region anchored to a vibrant Latino community
THE CULTURAL CAMPUS
The Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) will be a integrated cultural campus in the Sun Valley neighborhood west of downtown Denver at the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Colfax Avenue near I-25. As one of Denver’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods, with deep roots in Latino and immigrant communities, Sun Valley is currently undergoing significant revitalization. The LCAC will be an active part of its transformation.
The campus will bring enhanced cultural and economic vitality to Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. For the opportunity to be fully realized, the project will require significant public and private investment. It will also deepen partnerships with community stakeholders and funders.
Financing will be secured from public and private sources, including foundations and individuals, government, and corporate underwriting. Funding will be supplemented by philanthropic contributions from Adrianna Abarca, who is providing the seed capital and a portion of the operating support for the project.
The LCAC will be comprised of interrelated programs and exhibits. Central among them will be two museums, one dedicated to Mexican heritage and the other to Latin America; a library of Latino arts, culture and history; and an educational and hands-on learning academy focused on Latino arts and culture, including:
• Meeting and workshop space
• Rental office and exhibition space
• Space for visiting artists to work and stay
• Rooftop venue for community gatherings
• Galleries and retail shops for local and visiting artists to sell their work
• Food Plaza, Café and Cantina for communities to socialize and deepen connections