May 2021 Newsletter
Dear LCAC Familia, 

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it brings me great pride to announce that we have promoted Alfredo Reyes as the first Executive Director of the
Latino Cultural Arts Center. 

He was instrumental in designing the concept back in 2015, and since his return to the LCAC in 2019, Alfredo has led the development of key programs and partnerships. We are inspired by his commitment to our Mission/Vision for the well-being of our community and to the growth of the LCAC Team. He is capable and determined to achieve new models of engagement and collaboration that will benefit many people in a profound way for years to come.

Today, we are also announcing the launch of our music programming alongside key partners like the MSU Denver's Department of Music, Mi Vida Strings, Nueva Escuela de Música, and the

Please join me in wishing Alfredo continued growth and success as he takes the helm of the LCAC.


Adrianna Abarca
Board Chair & Founder
Latest News/ Upcoming Events
Popul/Arte Launches Next Week on May 18 @ 6PM
The Latino Cultural Arts Center presents Popul/Arte, an Artist-Scholar Residency that merges the talents of activist-scholar, Dr. Michael Wilson Becerril, and the Brazilian artist collective, Negráfrica, for an international workshop series that combines art and research to break down barriers to higher education. As the world faces mutually intensifying crises, we invite you to imagine a better future. 

Popul/Arte will offer two weekly virtual workshops over four weeks, launching May 18th, 2021, at 6 PM, that are free to the public. 
Local Denverite Eric Trujillo, owner of Mi Vida Strings, sculpting an instrument and
Music Director Martin Alonso Leyva with one of his students.
LCAC Partners with MSU Denver's Department of Music and an Award-Winning Cast of Artists to Pilot 2
Music Programs
The LCAC and award-winning Latin Music Director, Educator and Luthier, Eric Trujillo are excited to announce the start of the LCAC Mambo Orchestra. A performance and education-based string ensemble made up of middle school and high school-aged youth. This exciting group will study and perform a wealth of great classic and modern Latin, Mambo and Salsa-based music in a setting of their peers along with the guidance of a world-class group of mentors, professional performers and educators. Students will engage in an 8-week session rehearsing and studying Latin music styles and will have the opportunity to perform in the greater Denver community. Additionally, each session will conclude with a live performance at our new performing arts home shared with Metro State University of Denver and the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. We are honored to be representing our Latin music traditions with a world-class program and look forward to performing for you!
We are equally honored to announce a partnership with Grammy award-winner Martin Alonso Leyva, who will continue building the capacity for Nueva Escuela de Música, a bilingual music school that opened in Denver in 2010. His lifelong musical experiences have prepared him to teach diverse styles, instruments, production, composition and arrangements. He will offer instruction in music theory, sight-reading, ear training and ensemble. Students will get to explore the history, rhythm and textures found in Mexican, Latino, Caribbean and hybrid genres. Recognizing a need for music education at a greater scale, Alonso is committed to enhancing the impact music can have on the health of his students and their families. Together, these music programs will open the door for young musicians to begin envisioning themselves as professional musicians, sound engineers, entrepreneurs, and teachers.
Stay tuned for updates as we continue to solidify program details. If you'd like to get involved during the planning process, you can contact
En Comunidad
Live Stream with Manuel Ramos in conversation with
Dr. Jorge Zamora
Thu, May 20, 2021, 6 PM
Registration is required
Free Online event

Tattered Cover welcomes author Manuel Ramos to discuss his latest book, 
Angels in the Wind. He will be in conversation with Dr. Jorge Zamora.
Attend a Writing in Color Workshop for Adults and Teens

Writing in Color is a program of Lighthouse Writers Workshop focusing on Colorado writers of color. The program includes monthly mixers that aim to connect writers of color with peers to share ideas, inspirations, new work, successes, challenges, and resources to foster a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive writing community in Colorado.

Writing in Color for Teens connects teens of color with literature and the spoken word, their peers, and a writing community. Led by local, working writers of color, this workshop encourages talented and curious teens to explore ideas, share their writing, celebrate successes, and talk about challenges they face. Writing in Color for Teens is a safe space that celebrates and welcomes the rich experiences of teen writers of color.
Submit Your Artwork

Now through May 31, the Biennial of the Americas is inviting the public to submit memorial artworks to the Americas COVID-19 Memorial to create opportunities for unity and shared healing through art and acknowledge the unique challenges the Western Hemisphere has faced during the pandemic.

Artwork submissions will be considered for multiple prize categories including:

  • $5,000 - First Place 
  • $2,500 - Second Place
  • $500 - Third Place
  • $2,000 - Public Favorite 

We hope you will consider submitting a memorial artwork and share this opportunity with artists and creatives in your network.
LCAC Denver \ Colorado