Phone: (619) 235-6135
Normal Business Hours: 12-4pm everyday except Monday.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00.
Dog-Friendly: Only service dogs Kid-Friendly: Yes
San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functioned as an alternative space that encouraged and facilitated artistic growth and cultural interchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro’s mission is to promote preserve and create Mexican, Chicano, Indigenous and Latino art and culture.
The Centro has given birth to many artistic groups, such as MALAF, the Mexican American Liberation Art Front, and Teatro Mestizo. It also provides art classes and drama, music, dance and arts and crafts Presentations, many of which have origins in Mexico and “Aztlán,” a term used by Chicanos to indicate the American Southwest.
Tours and presentations have been designed to give background on various cultural activities. The Centro’s circular building has offices and workrooms, studios, a theater, and much wall space for mural projects. It is one of the largest Chicano cultural arts buildings in the Southwest.
Groups that formed through the work of the Centro include: Ballet Folklorico en Aztlán, founded by Herminia Enrique; Congreso de Artistas Chicanos en Aztlán, founded by Salvador Torres; and Trio Moreno, a musical group, the Taco Shop Poets, BAWTAF (The Border Arts Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo) and countless artists, musicians, performers, writers, dancers and activists who would achieve national prominence in the arts and culture community.