Founded in 1989 in downtown San Jose, MACLA is a multi-disciplinary arts space rooted in the Latino/Chicano experience that engages multiple communities, cultures, and aesthetic approaches. At its performance space/art gallery venue MACLA produces and presents live theater, visual art exhibitions and youth focused literary events ranging from performances by Pulitizer prize winning author Junot Diaz to year-round Teen Poetry Slam workshops and shows. Each year 16,000 people attend low or no-cost MACLA productions and many more use MACLA’s facility rehearsals, community meetings and performances by other local arts organizations, including Hewlett grantees such as Teatro Vision. With a $500,000 annual budget and a two person staff (supplemented by six other part-time staff all in their teens or twenties), MACLA will use renewed support to increase salaries for administrative staff and make improvements to their facility to enhance the performance experience for artists and audiences. ($50/2 ; 5% of organizational budget)
About the Grantee
510 South First Street, San Jose, CA, 95113-2806, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, better known as MACLA, is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts space in San Jose, that’s grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience. MACLA’s programming includes performances of theater, spoken word, music, and dance, as well as exhibitions, artist residencies, workshops, community-engagement activities, and digital media education for youth. Through mostly free or low-cost programs, it serves more than 30,000 people each year, including 120 artists who are paid to share their work and talents, and 150 local youth served through media arts training programs. This grant to MACLA advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for purchase of a building known as 510 South First Street in San Jose, California
At its performance space/art gallery, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) produces and presents live theater, visual art exhibitions, youth-focused literary events, and workshops reaching nearly 30,000 people each year through its low- or no-cost productions. The organization is in negotiations with the City of San Jose to purchase its currently leased building, located in the SoFA neighborhood. This grant would partially support MACLA to purchase its building, preventing displacement by major developers in the short term and contributing to ongoing activity in this thriving cultural hub.