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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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

La Pena serves a diverse p opulation by offering cultural and political events that serve to raise awareness and promote action around social, environmental and economic justice.

Board Member

Rating: 5

La Pena is a unique place, sure there are a lot of music venues around but none quite like La Pena. I think that uniqueness stems from the passion that surrounds the place,from the curators - a passion that spills over and builds/unifies community & bridges cultural differences. Where else can you go to learn about politics thru music/dance/art - where else can you go that you walk in without that ego that comes with typical venues and you're simply embraced from the get go. It's a beautiful space with a lot of history, and new art/music that constantly inspires. It's also shifting with the times and is cross-generational and diverse!