The most adventurous took in the gift shop, event room and gallery spaces near the front of the center — but also followed the “more art” signage spray painted on the concrete floor near the back of the venue, which leads to working and exhibit spaces filled with larger works, works in progress and other fun finds like art created with black milk crates and hung on the wall of a room where even the floor is a work of art.
The Latino Arts and Cultural Center is a fun exhibit space for children. Many of the works are bright and colorful, the gallery is small enough to feel cozy rather than overwhelming, and the artists I meet there are always friendly and engaging. The center is located in an area that’s fun to explore by foot or light rail.
Head to ALAC Fri, Sept. 7 from 2-6pm if you’d like to join the 8th anniversary celebration for Latino Perspectives magazine, which follows the Valle del Sol “Profiles of Success” event taking place from 10:45am-2pm at the nearby Phoenix Convention Center.
Or hit the center at 6:30pm to enjoy performance by Primavera Folklorico Dance Company. Folks who hit next month’s “First Fridays” at ALAC can also enjoy a new exhibit of works by artists Christina Cardenas and Esperanza Gama called “Celebrando Nuestra Cultura.”
Learn more at www.alacaz.org.
Note: Click here to read Robert Booker’s “Why the arts matter in Arizona” in the August issue of Latino Perspectives
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Updated 8/25 to include news of Sept. First Friday offerings