MACLA Awarded Not One but, Two Prestigious Grants

Our First Grant: MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana has been awarded a Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development Grant  from Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) and the Ford Foundation to help translate its vision for an exemplary art space into a buildable plan. MACLA will receive $100,000 over two years as it prepares to convert the entire building it now partially occupies into a permanent home. This expansion will ensure that artists of diverse cultures will retain their stake in the community and that MACLA will continue to spur the revitalization of its downtown corridor.

MACLA’s vision for the redevelopment includes gallery spaces, a re-designed black-box theater, administrative and commercial space, classrooms and artist studios. The result would be MACLA’s greater ability to showcase new art that fosters dialogue and mutual understanding among diverse ethnic and socioeconomic groups, and enhance its commitment to youth education.

MACLA along with Intersection for the Arts San Francisco and Los Cenzontles in San Pablo are among 12 grantees nationwide whose early stage facility projects were selected as exceptional examples of how art can reinvigorate a neighborhood.
For more information about LINC and the 12 grantees please visit
Read the wonderful write up by Sal Pizarro in the Mercury News

Our Second Grant: The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation award MACLA, one of only six grantees $75,000 for the commission, creation and world premiere of  new work by gifted California composer Guillermo Galindo and chamber ensemble Quinteto Latino to create Voces del Desierto, a piece exploring the journeys of unnamed immigrants who cross the Mexico-U.S. border in search of a better life. The new work and performances will premier at MACLA in 2012.
For more information about the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and the press release for  MACLA and the 5 other grantees please visit
Read about it in another stellar write up by Sal Pizarro in the Mercury News

MACLA is honored to be recognized at the regional and national level for our exemplary artistic and organizational practices.

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March 3, 2011

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