Welcome to the Centro

Thank you for visiting the Centro’s official website.  We have exciting exhibits, programs and events often, please see our upcoming events page.  Our gallery is open 12-4pm everyday except Monday.  We also have workshops and other special events after hours with more information also available on our events calender.  Our center is free of charge unless we have a special event.  To enter the gallery space we ask that you donate $5.00 to help us maintain the gallery and other operating expenses.  All of our staff volunteer their time and energy to provide a space for Chicana/o Culture in San Diego.
Below is an image from our current exhibit, original work by Sake:
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The Centro’s mission is to create, preserve, promote and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.


San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural interchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-discipinary schedule of events which includes exhibits, musical performances, installation art, readings, receptions, Azteca dance, Teatro Chican@, Ballet Folklorico, film screenings and other events. We welcome you to visit the Centro and invite you to participate in the exciting programs.

A bit of history from the Chicana/o Archives at SDSU

One woman, Antonia Perez, of nine artists, headed the mural painting project on the outside walls of the Centro Cultural de la Raza. Antonia Perez was responsible for two main sections. The entire wall, 240 by 18 feet, was divided into sections and the artists were responsible for each one. Read More…

The Centro is proud to announce we are an official member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture.

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