Founded in 1972, the Latino Center of Art and Culture is a multi-disciplinary cultural center offering Latinx programming, art education workshops, and a community gathering space.

LCAC is a center of cultural pride, self-governance, self-expression, and community empowerment through the arts.

"Quisieron enterrarnos, pero no sabían que éramos semillas"

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Live Programs

Provisional schedule and details for our 2021 live events.

Día del Niño (Live-Stream)

Día del Niño (Live-Stream)

El Día del Niño is celebrated every April 30th in Mexico. During WWI many children were left vulnerable around the world. This celebration was created after the Declaration of Rights of the Child which was adopted on the 26th of November, 1925, by the League of Nations after recognizing that all children are left vulnerable after a war.

The Latino Center of Art and Culture is celebrating our 7th annual Día del Niño on Sunday, April 25, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This year we are featuring Mexico City’s puppet troop las Marionetas de la Esquina and their amazing show el Circo! It will be performed 4 times throughout the day, twice in English and twice in Spanish.

We will also present an Aztec dance by Kalpulli Itzkuauhtli Danza Azteka, an art demonstration by Lila Solorzano Rivera, and a show by Dilly Dally the clown.
This year’s event will be held virtually, live-streamed on Facebook.
facebook.com/LatinoCenterofArtCulture

SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
10am: Welcome introduction with Teresa Lerma-Garcia
10:30am: El Circo (English)
11:15am: Kalpulli Itzkuauhtli Danza Azteka
11:30am: El Circo (Spanish)
12:15pm: Intermission with LCAC updates and tour of the center
12:30: Art demo by Lila Solorzano Rivera
1pm: El Circo (English)
1:45pm: Dilly Dally the Clown

Sun Apr 25

10am to 2pm

Mercado de Frida

¡Mercado de Frida!

The Latino Center of Art & Culture is pleased to announce The 7th Annual ¡Mercado de Frida! on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (Limited free parking on site)

This popular free event is a day to honor the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and celebrate not only her work but also her iconic status for female empowerment. As the pandemic condition has begun to improve in Sacramento, the LCAC would like to provide a mercado for to 30 local artisan and food vendors. Setting the ambiance there will be authentic Mexican food, drink, with live music. Jarritos served in a clay pot glass, and beer and wine will be available to those over 21 with ID.

The hugely popular centerpiece activity of the evening is the Parade de Frida, showing off all the look-a-likes who come dressed as the famous artist, with emcee LCAC Board Member Beatriz Navarro.

Featured in this daytime event will be a solo performance by Ashwut Rodriguez, a Sacramento area-based guitarist with over 30 years of experience writing, recording and performing music. And DJ Fuego, Hear Him live for the Fuego night mix from -8pm and on Air From 7-10 pm, Monday - Friday. (https://djhektors.com/)

And please check out the gallery space to see our exhibition of handmade Mexican masks from different regions of Mexico. The gallery was curated by our very own local artist Raul Mejia.

EVENT SCHEDULE

12:00-12:15 pm Welcome and Frida Mercado Open
12:15-2:15 pm Aswut Rodriguez
3:00-4:00 pm Frida Parade
5:00-7:00 pm Pachanga

Sun Jun 27

12pm to 8pm

2700 Front St.

Sacramento, CA 95818

El Panteón de Sacramento 2021

El Panteón de Sacramento 2021

The centuries-old tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) will be celebrated this year on the grounds of the Latino Center of Art and Culture. This annual LCAC event, El Panteón de Sacramento, features the recreation of a candlelit Mexican cemetery and chapel accompanied by live performances from The Lico Music Academy, a 24-piece music group from Los Angeles. With 3 stages, traditional Mexican music and dancing, El Panteón de Sacramento is the area's biggest and most exciting Día de los Muertos celebration! The event is free to the public, though donations are welcome. Food, drinks, local art and crafts will be available for purchase. Masks will be required.

Dozens of traditional memorials will be created by families and friends to honor those who have passed, telling the stories of their departed loved ones. These colorful ofrendas are adorned with sugar skulls, food and drink once enjoyed by the departed, flowers and personal mementos. Bathed in the light of the moon during evening hours and filled with drifting fragrances of copal and cempasuchil, the bright marigolds considered the flowers of the dead, El Panteón is not only a place of remembrance, but a joyous celebration of our loved ones.

The public is invited to join a procession into the site on Saturday, October 30th at 4:30PM.

The traditional music program is created by a team of artists led by Vidal Beltran, featuring:
● The Lico Music Academy, a 24-piece Mexican orchestra
● Live Traditional Musicians
● Ballet Folklorico
● Son Jarocho fandango with Son de Sacramento
● Mojigangas giant puppet performance

El Panteón will have free off-site parking a few blocks away at 2300 Front St. We strongly recommend carpooling or using a rideshare app. The Center is also just a short bike or scooter ride from Midtown Sac. We will have a dropoff area in front for anyone coming via ridesharing app, or anyone else in need. We will also have limited handicapped parking close to the entrance, please bring your placard if you plan to use the handicapped parking.

About Día de los Muertos:
Rooted in 3,000-year-old Aztec and Nahua cultural beliefs in the cyclical nature of life, Día de los Muertos is a contemporary Mexican festival during which the souls of the departed are believed to leave the world of the dead and reunite with their loved ones for a single evening. After building altars to share memories and activities the dead once enjoyed in life, participants come together to celebrate their lives with food, drink, music and dancing. Día de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience and honors the contributions ancestors have made to their families and to the community. Día de los Muertos VIDEO.

Schedule:

Thursday
6:00 – 10:00 pm El Panteón is open with altars, vendors and food trucks

Friday
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Latino Outdoor Poetry Open Mic
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Sacramento Son Jarocho (Fandango de los Muertos)

Saturday
10:00 am – 11:00 am Bendiciones Altares
11:00 am – 11:30am Procession del Silencion
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Rincones De Mi Tierra
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Nuevo Amanecer
2:00pm – 3:00 pm Palomas Y Gavilanez
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Nostaljias De Mexico
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Procession (from Miller Park to The Latino Center)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Lacustre Michoacan De Ocampo
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Velación del Panteón, acompañados de Orquesta Lico Music
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm Tamborazo de Lico Music Academy

Sunday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Orquesta Lico Music
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Resimiento Grupos
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Victoria Dance
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Ballet Del Valle
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Palomas Y gavilanes
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Diablos Y La Custre
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Mariachi Bonitas
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Velada del Panteón (Orquesta Lico Music)

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

October 28, 29, 30th & 31st Thursday & Friday, 6-10pm Saturday, 10am - 10 pm Sunday, 8am -8pm

2700 Front St.

Sacramento , CA 95818

Makers Mercado

The Latino Center of Art and Culture is excited to announce our monthly Maker's Mercados, a marketplace featuring arts and crafts by local artists, food, drinks and music. The Mercado opens Saturday, Sept. 11th in Old Town Sacramento, and will continue every second Saturday, 12pm-8pm. Look for us along the Embarcadero. Come see all that the local artistic community has to offer and enjoy a walk along the waterfront. Leave with gifts for all your friends and family! For more information, you can reach us on social media or email mercado@thelatinocenter.org.

Sat Dec 11

12pm to 8pm

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La Pastorela de Sacramento 2021

La Pastorela de Sacramento

The Latino Center of Art and Culture, presents the 8th annual La Pastorela de Sacramento, a popular holiday musical for kids and adults alike. This Pastorela is a clear-eyed example of political theater mixed with cultural traditions mixed with hope and holiday spirit.

Wednesday-Saturday, Dec.15-18, at 8pm
Sunday, Dec.19, matinee at 2PM
Pre-show Posada procession with El Coro de Sacramento begining 30 minutes before each show.
Tickets: $15-Adults, $5-Children under 12
The Guild Theater, 2828 35th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Pre-order your tickets at eventbrite.com
Proof of vaccination and mask is required

December 15, 2021- Special "Oak Park Night" ($10-Adults, $5 -Kids under 12)

La Pastorela de Sacramento is a modern bilingual musical of Mexico’s traditional Christmas pageant. Satirical, poignant, moralistic, sly and romantic, with contemporary and timeless subject matter. La Pastorela de Sacramento draws directly from current affairs in the best tradition of magical realism. The Latino Center of Art & Culture showcases talented local artists offering Sacramento a musical perfect for the spirit of the season.
The transformation of contemporary recognizable figures into four "shepherds" is a new twist. Armando, a young developer about to score a major contract in Oak Park; Carmela, a Sacramento-born former Hollywood starlet who lost everything when she refused to sleep with her producer; Juan, an Afghanistan war vet with PTSD, and Gila, a college student and homeless advocate face their moral dilemmas. They have to work together to help a homeless family (Mary and Joseph characters) and save the world from “fire, famine and pestilence”. The finale, a dramatic battle of good VS. evil, has audiences erupting into boos, cheers and songs.

Written by Marie Acosta (LCAC Director Emeritus/San Francisco Mime Troupe alum), and Los Angeles based writer Tomas Benitez (Plaza del La Raza/Teatro Café) and directed by Richard Falcon, (Teatro Nagual), the lively play brings together professional actors and community players. Original songs amplify the visual power of the show, which uses low-tech magic to great effect.

Wednesday-Saturday, Dec.15-18, at 8pm
Sunday, Dec.19, matinee at 2PM

2828 35th Street

Sacramento, CA 95817