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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) 998-2783
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 people participate in the 50 programs MACLA produces annually in four core programs: visual arts; performance and literary arts; youth arts education; and community development through the arts. Founded in 1989 as the result of a broad community mobilization in the City of San José and nationwide on behalf of multicultural arts, since its inception MACLA has promoted a vision of arts programming as a vehicle for civic dialogue and social equity.

Gallery exhibitions feature innovative work by artists in various points of their careers, in a range of media from installation and video to paintings, drawing, photography and sculpture. Thematically, MACLA’s exhibitions deal with issues of particular societal urgency: labor, politics, gender, identity, sexuality, globalization and immigration. Since 2003, MACLA has made it a priority to commission new work in the visual arts annually. Commissions include financial support for the artists to create new work, an exhibition at our gallery and a catalog to further the lifespan of the exhibition and contribute to the larger field of contemporary art.

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