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La Peña Cultural Center, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action. It was founded in 1975.

Results: We are improving all information systems, coming up with a new webpage very soon, we have remodeled our lounge area for our SECOND GENERATION shows, and we are saving the historic Song of Unity mural in our wall!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: La Pena organizes more than 200 events per year, including concerts, dances, lectures, poetry readings, films and videos, and discussions. Our space is also available for rent by community organizations for educational events, fundraisers, banquets, etc. La Pena operates a Latin American Cafe which provides light suppers, snacks, and beverages as well as a catering service. La Pena also offers classes in many disciplines of performing arts, including music, dance, art & organizing, Afro-Cuban culture, etc.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mír S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Peña is a wonderful place that has so much to offer. As a non-profit is promotes peace an social justice through extraordinary art, great music and a range of classes. It is an awesome music venue, but also a hub for artists, activists, educators and those passionate about community and youth. I am so happy to have come across such a great place, the people are amazing, the artists are super talented and the mural outside the entrance reflects the beauty of the center.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Peña is dope!!! certainly a Bay Area icon, and one of the most well-respect arts and activist organizations, locally and nationally - doing it righteous for close to 40 years. how many organizations and alternative art spaces can say that?!

1 joxci4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Peña is more than just a non-profit. It provides a place for communities across differences to come together and learn from one another. I initially came to them for help with a school project on exiled Chileans and I've stuck around for the past 4 years. Going to La Peña feels like returning home. They have given me experience in fundraising, the knowledge of how to house mange, amazing shows and events, and most of all, relationships that will be remembered for a lifetime.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though my main relationship with the La Peña is through decades of prforming with La Peña Community Chorus, over the years I have also been an appreciative producer of both solidarity and cultural events there, a consistent donor to its overall program, and a delighted audience member at so many wonderful concerts, shows, and classes or lectures. It is an incredible resource for the progressive cultural community, providing a warm and supportive venue for presentations and classes. I have been a close supporter of La Peña for over 35 years and look forward to continuing to make a contribution and reaping all the rewards.

1 Erika5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Pena is a wonderful place to get together, and experience the flair of Latin America. They always have great performances which vary in style and taste. When you go there, you feel like in a family, they are so caring and nice. You can see the passion of the staff and everyone there to share cultures and customs. It is an amazing organization that needs to get the recognition it deserves!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am willing and have the ability to help this charity raise money for this cause. Can anyone tell me who I can contact and their number. Any Volunteers? JulieLyons4@gmail.com

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This cultural center has been a part of my growing up as well as a catalyst for my volunteerism and activism. From conscious and thought provoking political gatherings to cool kick backs in the lounge with art from all over the bay and world, to amazing events in the theater. It is a diverse melting pot of cultures, hearts and minds. I hope La Peña will stick around for another 30 years! Peace and blessings -L

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been counting the years- decades, really,- since I have been coming back and forth to La Peña...and I can't get enough of this place. This is where I found creative thinkers, critical visionaries, and imaginative social changers come and take action! ¡Viva la Peña!

Charley B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer lighting and sound technician at La Peña for a year or so. It was a wonderful and enlightening experience. I've been used to working concerts and typical musicals, but the original pieces that I worked there were brilliant, relevant to my experience as a queer person of color, and touching. Even the kid's musical shows I worked there made me happy, as it reminded me of the immersion into music my parents always tried to produce for me. The management are really great people as well. They deserve all the recognition, funding, and acclaim in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love La Pena, It is by far accessible and affordable multicultural center of the East Bay. It brings in great artists, has wonderful classes, exhibitions, dance-parties, fundraisers, and educational events! Mariola, the director extraordinare of events is also one of the sweetest and most organized people I know. Thank you La Pena!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Peña Cultural Center Rocks! I came across it the first time when I was running down of Shattuck Ave. The mural outside is magnificent, artistically and content wise. After my run I looked them up online and love what La Peña stands for. I have been volunteering a good chunk of my time with them since 2011.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a center that truly intersects arts & Culture and social justice work. i have done work in many non-profits, but at La Peña models how a center can truly be a home for many communities. Through expression, creativity and culture, the work presented in this center educates and drives action!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Pena is one of the few places where you can find an ongoing commitment to social justice and arts. La Pena is celebrating its 37th Anniversary!! We must support La Pena for being here for all of us in the community defending and advocating for what we believe in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Peña Cultural Center is turning 37 this year (2012) and continues to provide excellent programming centered around arts and education. La Peña continues to be a place that caters to diverse communities, often ones that are not represented in the mainstream, and does so in a unique and exciting way. From musical performances, to workshops, to classes, to theater, La Peña is a major hub for the East Bay, and the Bay Area.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Pena Cultural Center is an important part of the fabric of the San Francisco arts and social justice community. Their traditional focus has been music and cultural events rooted in Latin America, but they also open their doors to all people trying to make the world a better place. The center offers a full schedule of terrific concerts by wonderful local and international musicians, and also offers low-cost classes open to the public.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As many others have commented, La Peña is wonderfully unique place that brings many cultures together effectively. I am always impressed by the high quality of the programming which brings together such diverse experiences in one venue. I have been a donor over many years. I donate because I know my dollars are going a long way in achieving the results to which the Center aspires. In addition I am confident that none of my funds are being wasted. I have examined the budget and know the staff assumes a high level of responsability in making the Center function on a tight budget. If you have not been there, be sure to check out the calendar and go!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Pena is still my home away from home. I was on the staff in the 1980's and volunteer from time to time. La Pena is stellar in its attention to the arts, especially Latin American music. Everyone involved is dedicated to imagination, community building and pluralism.