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June 2021 Newsletter

Dear LCAC Familia,

As the first Executive Director, I want to start by sharing how I personally define and practice leadership. It means building solidarity despite different perspectives. As a leader, my role is not to impose my viewpoint or to coerce. Rather, it is to set a vision so BIG that no one person or organization can do it alone. I pledge to lead in a way that intentionally brings natural collaborators together and amplifies our talents, making success individual and collective at once. Leadership is humble and selfless and can be practiced from a place of dignity, empathy and respect. El liderazgo celebra a nuestros antepasados y asegura un futuro mejor para todos.

Inclusion is at the core of the LCAC. Although the term “Latino” is an imperfect one, we strive to build bridges across communities and borders and uncover common histories, expressions and understandings. It is essential for our cultural institutions to use their collective power to help heal society. In the upcoming months, you will see the results of innumerable conversations, deliberate and thoughtful planning, and relationship building. You will see that although COVID was extremely painful for us all, the LCAC Team and its Supporters have learned to grow wings. Ahora es nuestro tiempo para volar. It’s our time to fly!

We have Two very Special Announcements!

Flor Alvidrez has joined our Board of Directors. As a Denver Native, businesswoman and active community leader, she will be key as we expand our fundraising and development efforts.

Mari Meza-Burgos joined the LCAC Team to lead the development and coordination of our Music Program, an original Mambo Orchestra, piloting this summer under the leadership of Master Luthier and Musician, Eric Trujillo. Mari holds a MA in Performing Arts & will be at the core of our growth.

In the coming months, I’m going to call everyone that opens our newsletters! It’ll take a while, but I’ll get through the list. We will continue offering content that’s educational and entertaining while striving for imaginative excellence, cultural courage, and collective impact.

Thank you for your support!!


Alfredo Reyes, A la orden


Latest News/ Upcoming Events

Join Us For the Final Week of Popul/Arte

Saturday, June 12, from 1 PM to 2:30 PM (MST)

Sábado, 12 de Junho, das 16h às 15h30 (BRT)

Join Us in Welcoming Two Talented Latinas

to the LCAC Team

Flor Alvidrez

Commercial and Residential Real Estate Agent &

Co-owner of Plaza Construction, Inc.

Board of Directors

She brings over 20 years of experience in construction and philanthropy and has long been a leader in the Sun Valley Neighborhood. Ms. Alvidrez shares she is excited to cultivate the LCAC community of artists and supporters. To learn and co-create as we elevate artists, young people, families and educators around the world.

Mari Meza-Burgos

Music Programs

Mari is not only a talented musician and performer, she brings a range of talents that she refined at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center. She draws upon her 20 years of regional and international experience in performing arts to educate, empower and create accessible opportunities for young BIPOC & LGBTQ+ performers.

Mari will be supporting Master Luthier, Eric Trujillo with the LCAC’s Mambo Orchestra and Alonso Leyva with Nueva Escuela de Música. She will be key in growing the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival alongside Mariachi Master, Lorenzo Trujillo. Her goal is to create a program where students feel safe to express themselves freely and collaborate cross-culturally.


En Comunidad

Our media partners have a new podcast that features weekly conversations with local and national influencers. Their aim is to inspire positive dialogue toward healthier and resilient communities. Check out their new episode, CULTURE - Identity Part 1. Where they ask: "How do you identify?", "How do you want to be identified?" and, "How are you identified by society?"

Thu, June 17th, 2021, @ 7 PM (MST)

Free Online event

Colorful Colorado Collaborations is celebrating QTPOC pride with Denver's favorite QTPOC band TúLips and visual artist Shaunie B!

Thu, June 18th-19th, 2021, @ 9 AM - 10 PM (MST)

Free Online Event

The 2021 Juneteenth Music Festival invites all to join, online, for a positive, educational and entertaining day celebrating African American history and the mission to make Juneteenth a national holiday. More information to come on an in-person socially distanced celebration in Denver.

Saturday, June 26th, 2021, @ 10 AM - 1 PM (MST)

At the Robert and Judi Newman Center for Theatre Education

Free In-person Event

For the first time, the City and County of Denver are working to uncover and share the rich history and historic places of Denver’s Chicano and Latino communities. They need your stories, memories and photos to identify significant locations that should be recognized and remembered.


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