The Latino Center of Art and Culture grew out of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1970’s and served as a hub to Sacramento’s Chicano artists. Founded in 1972 as La Raza Bookstore, in 2014 the Center became the Latino Center of Art and Culture. LCAC’s programs reflect and serve artists and communities who are marginalized whether by race, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or immigration status, presenting underrepresented voices from the Latino diaspora. We do this as a multi-disciplinary cultural center offering new insights into contemporary, emerging Latinx art and at the same time support and maintain centuries-old cultural traditions that speak to and reflect Latino identity and history.
Our work speaks directly to the needs and socio-economic reality of marginalized communities, instilling cultural pride and strengthening our community’s self-image by sustaining the art, culture and traditions of the regions Latinx populations.
Inclusion is embodied in all parts of our LCAC’s programming. The Center’s staff, board and the community members who are part of our extended family broadcast that LCAC is inclusive, respectful of differences and actively supportive of populations who have historically been defined as “other”.
The Center pays special attention to folk and traditional artists because they carry our cultural traditions and because they are predominantly newly arrived immigrants. We seek and encourage emerging visual and performing artists to grow and take chances as they explore their artistic potential. Our board and staff come from our community. Among our constituents are our neighbors, compadres, and family members.
Marie Acosta: Artistic/Executive Director
Ariela Valencia: Assistant
Nicolás Francisco Colón: Social Media Curator
Mindy Giles: Production
Heather Atherton: Publicity
Vidal Beltran: Traditional Art Specialist
Or donate by check to The Latino Center of Art and Culture, 2700 Front St, Sacramento CA 95818
Your donation will help us continue to support Sacramento artists and to involve our community in culturally relevant events. All artists and performers are paid for their work.
LCAC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our Board Members
Born in Sacramento. Graduate of Jesuit High School and California State University, Sacramento: BA in English/Classical Rhetoric and British 17th Century Literature, minor Latin/Language and Literature; MA in Art/Art History. Worked in English Department (Tutoring Center and Advanced Study Program) and Art Department (Art Gallery and Slide Library). Faculty at Jesuit High School from 1990 to 2016: Program Director and Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, teaching Art History, Art of Diverse Cultures, Art of Film, Digital Photography and Broadcast Journalism. Selected exhibitions curated (or co-curated) include “Sin Fronteras/Images of Hope: ¡Reni Templeton Presente!” for Latino Center of Art and Culture (2017); "Co-Madres Artistas" for Sacramento City College and San Jose State University (2014); "Juanishi V. Orosco: Solo Flight/Visions of Aztlan" for La Raza Galeria Posada (2009); "Creative Collectives: Chicana Painters Working in Community" (based on the research of Maria Ochoa) for California State University Sacramento, University of California Davis, and San Jose State University (2004-2005); "Adelante 2000: Sweet Grass, Cedar and Sage: a truly humanistic vision in the wake of propositions 187 and 209" for California State University Sacramento (2000); "Louie ‘The Foot’ Gonzalez: Within Reach" for California State University Sacramento (1997); "Peter VandenBerge" for California State University Sacramento (1996); "Esteban Villa: Pero Sera Así" for California State University Sacramento (1994); "Robert Else: Retrospective 1990" for California State University Sacramento (1990); "Manuel Neri" for California State University Sacramento (1984); "RCAF Mural Show" for California State University Sacramento (1984).
Board Member since 2014. Aida has her MA in Marriage Family Therapy. Has been an active member of the Sacramento Latino community by working collaboratively with various organizations in the Sacramento Area. Aida currently works for nonprofit mental health organization that serves Yolo and Sacramento County.
Carlos Montes-Ponce is a community organizer and outreach program manager with 9 years of experience working in California state governmental agencies (e.g. the Secretary of State, CalPERS) and with non-profit organizations that give voice to communities and traditionally disenfranchised minority groups. Mr. Montes-Ponce is a collaborative, communicative, organized, and energetic civic leader with who is always looking for opportunities to make society more equitable, just, and engaged.
Creative industry professional—voiceover, visual artist, and muralist since
2000. Community and cultural advocate participating as
volunteer and consultant, serving boards in the public
and private sector, centered on: education, language,
culture, art, equal opportunity, green economy, women
in technology, social media, and workforce development.
Concurrently serving the State of California providing
leadership in government affairs.
Bree Garcia is an educator and creative. She is a graduate from the University California, Davis with a BA in Art History and a MA in Education. She has spent many years being of service to local non-profit arts organizations such as the Sacramento Art History Consortium, Sacramento Help Portrait, the California Museum, and Crocker Art Museum. She has an extensive background in art education and served many years as an art docent in public schools. In addition to working with the Latino Center, she has collaborated on various creative projects and worked with many local galleries within Sacramento. Though her primary practice is in education, the arts is where her heart is and where she finds herself continuing to be of service.
Carissa L. Gutiérrez
Carissa serves as a Communications Manager at California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Carissa is a communicator focused on strategic messaging and operations optimization and is all about getting the right message across and breaking down silos. She is dedicated to managing interdisciplinary cultural projects with an emphasis in gender and community issues.
Originally from Tijuana, Baja California, Gabriel Vivas is an attorney with 40 years of experience in civil litigation and criminal law. He is head of The Vivas Law Group, a firm with the goal of helping families navigate through difficult times. Gabriel Studied at UCLA School of Law.
Teresa Lerma-Garcia has over 13 years of experience at Sacramento State. Before joining Public Affairs and Advocacy in 2018, she worked in Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and Student Services at Sacramento State. During Teresa’s tenure at Sacramento State, she played a key role in coordinating campus activities such as February’s Financial Aid Awareness month. Teresa is a proud alum of Sacramento State. She earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and a master’s degree in education leadership and public policy. Teresa’s continued dedication and commitment to students and public service adds value to the mission of Public Affairs & Advocacy.