Mission & History

With a mission to celebrate, nurture, and preserve Latinx arts and cultures, Arte Américas is the Central Valley’s largest Latinx cultural arts center. Our exhibitions and programs are educational, family-friendly, and culturally specific; featuring local and international artists whose talents represent the diversity of cultural art forms of the Américas.   

Arte serves the Central Valley’s diverse Latinx communities. Our audience is multi-generational–from families and grandparents to school-age children. Public education is a cornerstone of our work providing opportunities for educators, students and creative individuals to learn and experience the rich and evolving cultural traditions of Latinx communities. Arte is widely respected for its innovative programing and strong community partnerships.  

Arte Américas was founded in 1987 by Nancy Marquez, F. John Sierra, and Lilia Gonzáles Chávez.