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MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
510 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Phone: (408) 998-ARTE
Fax: (408) 998-2817


MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/ Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. More than 30,000 children, youth, young adults, families and community residents participate in the approximately 50 programs we produce each year in four program tracks: visual arts; performance and literary arts; youth arts education; and community development through the arts. Because all MACLA programs remain loyal to our mission and to our roots as an organization founded by artists/activists committed to using the arts as a catalyst for social change, community development through the arts is the overarching track that informs all our programming decisions.

A three-tiered approach defines our performance program philosophy: 1) commissioning new work; 2) supporting local, regional and national artists; and 3) a hybrid aesthetic which mixes pertinent societal issues, popular culture and sociological interests with established art forms. Staff actively develops relationship with both emerging and established performing artists to create and present compelling work. MACLA curates programs, evaluating how the work supports our program philosophy, the intended audience and opportunities for community engagement. MACLA commissions at least one significant performance piece each year to further the field of contemporary Latino art.

House Capacity: 120

Disciplines: Dance, Performance Art, Music, Theatre, Spoken Word, Multi-Discipline