By Steph Rodriguez 

Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan 20 years later to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. This year, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by getting involved with one of these local organizations that work hard to provide a space where Hispanic culture is celebrated year-round. As of July 2014, the Hispanic community counts for 17 percent of the nation’s total population, but California has the largest Hispanic population of any state with 15 million residents. Celebrate the arts, music, food and traditions of a culture that continues to make achievements for the betterment of diversity in all aspects of life.

Latino Center Of Art And Culture
2700 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 446-5133

The Latino Center of Art and Culture is Sacramento’s oldest Latino arts nonprofit. It’s a multidisciplinary cultural center and public space serving the Sacramento community since 1972. The organization offers Latino, Chicano, and Native arts programming, art education workshops, and a community gathering place. LCAC is a cultural haven for pride, self-governance, self-expression and community empowerment through the arts. Throughout the years, its mission aims to advance, celebrate, and preserve the art and culture of Latino, Chicano, and Native populations for present and future generations and often hosts year-round exhibitions, literary events, musical presentations, performances and community cultural activities. Learn how to get involved with this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month plans by visiting its website.

League Of United Latin American Citizens 
P.O. Box 162790
Sacramento, CA 95816

The League of United Latin American Citizens is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The Sacramento Chapter, is known as the Lorenzo Patiño Council formed in 1983 and serves all Hispanic nationality groups in the region by promoting higher education, working for local charities and promoting the defense of civil liberties in the region. Get involved by attending LULAC’s next meeting on Monday, October 2 at Maple Elementary School (3301 37th Ave.).

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Sol Collective
2574 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 585-3136 

Established in 2005, Sol Collective is a community-based partnership whose mission is to provide artistic, cultural, and educational programming, promote social justice, and empower youth through art, activism, music, and media experience. Sol Collective collaborates with global and local artists activists and often hosts art exhibitions, community workshops, youth programming, and platforms for public organizing. Sol Collective’s vision is to create a safe, creative space for the next generation and leave a legacy of arts, culture, and activism both locally and globally by serving as an incubator for community artists, organizations, and programs. Upcoming events include a pinata making workshop on September 30 and the Souls of the City Dia de Los Muertos celebration in November. Sol Collective also hosts music classes for children on the third Sunday of every month and art classes for all ages that range from printmaking, ceramics and more.

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