Latino Cultural Center of Minnesota was begun by a group of people interested in Hispanic arts and culture in Minnesota. They began formal meetings in March 2010 to brainstorm and develop plans for an organization that would share and promote Latino art and artists. In July 30, 2010 the group became incorporated with the State of Minnesota as a non-profit and elected officers. The organization’s application for 501(c)3 status was approved by the IRS in January 2012, retroactive to 7/30/2011. Our organization’s mission is to nurture, share and promote Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. Board members are volunteers, and their names and biographies are listed below.
Our projects so far have been: obtain 501(c)3 status and learn about non-profit organizations; create our website; build an email list of interested individuals; develop a directory of affiliated artists and groups; send notices of events to our list-members; offer technical support for a simple artist website to our members; explore relationships and training opportunities with Resource Center of the Americas and Springboard for the Arts.
In addition, we have collaborated with Noche Hispana at Patrick’s Cabaret (2011, 2012), sponsored the Colombian Café at the St. Paul Festival of Nations (2012, 2013), and Grupo de Danzas Colombianas at Children’s Home Society (3/2012). We have made outreach presentations at La Familia Fair in St. Paul (2010, 2011), La Semana Culture Camp (2011, 2012), and Noche Hispana.
The Hennepin Gallery Art Show in April 2013 is our first public project and we are excited to be able to showcase the efforts of ten Latino artists who live in our community and work in a variety of media. We hope to bring more exposure to the artists and to build our organization’s name recognition for future endeavors.