Gabriel San Roman
El Centro Cultural de Mexico Turns 20!
El Centro Cultural de México, the great downtown SanTana-based non-profit, is ready to mark a milestone. The longtime hub of activism and arts celebrates its 20th anniversary this Saturday at the UFCW Hall in Buena Park with a fundraising fiesta! Named 'Best Community Space' in the Weekly's 'Best Of' issue last year, El Centro started out in 1994 with a group of SanTana mothers wanting to pass down Mexican cultural traditions to their children only to be frustrated in the lack of accepting locations. "Sometimes to do a posada or something related to our culture became, in a certain way, a political act," says Socorro Sarmiento, a Centro volunteer and founding mother. "Certain people felt uncomfortable about us organizing around our traditions."
Read more on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post: