As a Latino-based Fraternity, we pride ourselves in knowing that our membership is comprised of Hermanos from various backgrounds. The diversity amongst our ranks has allowed us to build a solid foundation on which to base our current and future goals for our organization. Furthermore, we believe that the rich cultures that fall under the unifying term “Latino” should be expressed and experienced by all. Thus, our Hermanos are encouraged to organize local and large events that highlight different aspects of their cultures.
Our membership is comprised of Hermanos who can trace their roots to all countries and cultures throughout Latin America in addition to Hermanos who are of multiple ethnicities. By exploring and becoming more familiar with the different aspects of our cultures that unify us, we aim to uplift Latino communities and bring Latino issues to the forefront of local, social, educational, and political debates. In addition, our Fraternity places a significant emphasis on the Indigenous roots that most Latinos can identify with. We believe it is important to note the struggles that our parents, grandparents, and ancestors overcame—whether it be in Latin America or in the U.S. through recent Latino-based movements in order to analyze the progress we have made as a group of people and aim for further success in the future.
By cultivating our Hermanos with knowledge on the complexity and multifaceted nature of Latinos, they become versatile leaders who graduate and work with organizations and universities that align with our goals of ensuring that Latinos can obtain access to higher education and fulfilling careers.
The following is a list of organizations we have compiled that focus on Latino culture and prominent issues:
- American Capital of Culture Initiative
The American Capital of Culture initiative was born in 1997 and is aimed at all the countries of the Americas. The initiative was devised and is promoted by the American Capital of Culture Organization, a body set up in 1997, with the objective of promoting the American Capital of Culture and other, complementary cultural initiatives, which help to use culture as a key element in the development of the countries of the Americas.
Cheverote.com is the official website of Piri Thomas. It includes biographical information, bibliographic indexes of the author’s poetry and fiction, and links to reviews of his work. Piri Thomas was officially inducted into La Unidad Latina as an Honorary Hermano.
- Comité Noviembre
Comité Noviembre’s mission is to commemorate and acknowledge all aspects of Puerto Rican life from the social and cultural to the educational, economic and political. The charge of Comité Noviembre is to create an awareness of the rich culture, language and heritage of the Puerto Rican community and to acknowledge its numerous contributions to this state and nation.
- Cuban Cultural Center of New York
The Cuban Cultural Center of New York is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation, advancement and dissemination of Cuban and Cuban-American culture. It was founded in March, 1997 by a group of Cuban exile artists, professionals, scholars, and writers to celebrate their rich heritage and to support and inspire new developments in the arts.
- El Museo del Barrio
Heralded by The New York Times as “an institution in its ascendancy”, El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz with the support of a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre
In its nearly three decades, GALA Hispanic Theatre has become what many consider the country’s leading Spanish-language theater, winning a loyal following and scores of awards. GALA has produced nearly 150 plays in Spanish and English and provided a diverse program of theater (from classical to contemporary), poetry, music, and dance to a wide audience. GALA has cultivated relationships with actors in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, and a number of other Latin American countries while providing a cultural focal point for the growing Hispanic community in Washington, D.C.
- Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library
The Hispanic Society of America is a free museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.
- International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago
The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (the Center) is a Pan-Latino, nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy and theater.
- International Latino Film Society
The International Latino Film Society celebrates the breadth and diversity of Latino culture through the powerful medium of film and promotes positive Latino images throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Our quality programming is recognized world wide for its innovation, inclusiveness and strong community ties.
- Latino International Film Institute
Latino International Film Institute (LIFI) is a non-profit organization that presents the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Its mission is to mentor, develop and support Latino filmmakers with independent and diverse visions in the United States and internationally; to provide an outlet and distribution opportunities for the content created and acquired to the non-theatrical and commercial world. To support the development and further education of school children from elementary to junior college in the United States via the audio visual arts.
- Latino Museum
The Latino Museum is committed to building a broader understanding of the rich history of Latino art and to increasing public awareness of outstanding works of contemporary Latino artists. Through our various outreach programs and educational services, we strive to encourage young people to develop their sensitivity to art in its many forms and to pursue their creative aspirations.
- Latino Theater Company
After over 20 years of exploring the U.S. Latino experience in bold, contemporary terms, the Latino Theater Company is creating a world-class cultural arts center that reflects the rich diversity of Los Angeles.
- Latino USA
Latino USA, the radio journal of news and culture, is the only national, English-language radio program produced from a Latino perspective. It is a production partnership of KUT Radio and the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Latino USA was launched in 1993 with the following mission: provide diverse audiences with multiple perspectives on issues affecting Latinos, foster cross-cultural understanding, enhance relationships among Latino communities, and illuminate the richness of Latino cultural and artistic expression.
- Mexican Cultural Center
The Mexican Cultural Center is a non profit organization devoted to promoting understanding and awareness of the cultural and artistic diversity of Mexico and its influence in the Delaware Valley in the United States. The Center is a supporter of the increasing Mexican Community in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware and serves as a networking hub for those interested in Mexican Culture.
- Midwest Latino Arts Documentary Heritage Project
The Midwest Latino Arts Documentary Heritage Project, is an ongoing, multi-year initiative to locate and preserve primary sources critical to the study of the history of Latino arts and to the understanding of its contribution to American culture and to our communities. We seek to build a foundational resource on this topic by sharing our research and encouraging community input to expand our research tools to add important information on artists, arts organizations, and exhibitions that we have not encountered to-date.
- National Association of Latino Arts and Culture
The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) is dedicated to the preservation, development and promotion of the cultural and artistic expressions of the diverse Latino populations of the United States. Through this effort, NALAC is committed to the continuing struggle for the elimination of racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination against gay, lesbian and physically challenged populations. The objective is to recognize and support the varied standards of excellence grounded in the aesthetics and traditions of our root cultures.
- National Hispanic Cultural Center
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since our grand opening in 2000, we have staged over 25 art exhibitions and 500 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. We provide venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughtout the world.
- National Museum of Mexican Art
The mission of the National Museum of Mexican Art (NMMA) is to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop, preserve, and conserve a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts education programs.
- National Museum of the American Latino
The National Museum of the American Latino will create a home for the historical artifacts, images, and personal stories documenting over 500 years of American Latino contributions to the United States. The Museum will serve as an educational tool for the thousands who visit the museum each year, as well as instilling a sense of pride in the Latino community today and in the future.
- Proyecto Ensayo Hispánico
Proyecto Ensayo Hispánico is a collaborative effort to disseminate Hispanic thought and essay. José Luis Gómez-Martínez, professor of Hispanic Essay at the University of Georgia, started the project in 1997. Since its creation, already over 80 scholars of Hispanic culture have participated in the preparation of the material of these pages.
- Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer
Founded in 1973, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is a non-profit, community-based umbrella institution, which seeks to serve the social/cultural needs of Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community. It is built on the following principles: a philosophy of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and critical thought, and an ethics of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, “To Live and Help To Live.”
- Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center
The Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance & Cultural Center is one of four active cultural centers on the mainland US affiliated with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for our offering of authentic, high-quality cultural programming. Founded by Ana Maria Maynard in 1997, the mission of our Non-Profit is to promote cultural awareness and pride through authentic performances and high-quality educational programs in performing arts, culture, and the historical development of Puerto Rico’s customs and traditions.
- Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre
The mission of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (PRTT) is to educate and acquaint the general public with important contributions by playwrights from Latino or Hispanic extraction; to present and produce truly bilingual professional theater; to offer artistic development to emerging and established artists; and in these ways to contribute towards the diversity of American theater and national culture.
- Puerto Rican Union of Mutual Aid
Puerto Rican Union of Mutual Aid, Inc. was organized in May 1937 and incorporated July 7, 1937. Our motto is to “Advance with Progress”. The Association was founded by a group of Puerto Ricans who came from Hawaii to the East Bay and wanted to create a benevolent organization to further their people. The purpose for the Association is to help other Puerto Ricans in the San Francisco Bay Area.
RedCielo is committed to the development and empowerment of diverse communities by providing impacting creative experiences. Art education, public dialogues, community mural projects and conscious graphic design become vehicles for team building, leadership development, peer advising, and interpretation of a community voice. Our objective is to provide a medium through which any collective of people can address the issues impacting them and the greater society.
- Serie Project
The Serie Project, Inc., of Austin, Texas is a non-profit Latino arts organization that produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph (silk screen) prints created by established and emerging artists. A collaborative workshop format is the setting used to foster diverse artists’ development and creativity through exposure to the serigraph technique.
- Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Latino Center is dedicated to ensure that Latino contributions to art, science and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States.
- Teatro Avante
Teatro Avante was established in 1979 as a vehicle for preserving and presenting our Hispanic cultural heritage through the production of the highest quality universal theater in English and Spanish.
- Teatro Círculo Ltd
Teatro Círculo Ltd is a theater company founded by a group of Puerto Rican artists with a strong academic background committed to preserving and promoting our cultural heritage through the presentation of creative, inclusive and educational theater works. It is our purpose to expose the public to the best works of Spanish and Puerto Rican playwrights, both contemporary and classical and in general, to foster an appreciation of the richness of Latin American and Iberian cultures in the context of the pluralism that characterizes NYC.
- UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean
Within the strategy of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Forum of Ministers of Culture is the major counterpart for regional cooperation. The Forum of Ministers of Culture and Officials in Charge of Cultural Policies in Latin America and the Caribbean was established in 1989 in the framework of the First Meeting of ministers of Culture of the Region held in Brazil. The Forum is the best space of reflection for the highest government authorities for culture in the Region, as it is the only arena where all the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean coincide.
- Welfare Poets
The Welfare Poets are a collective of activists, educators, and artists together since 1990. Through teaching residencies and workshops, through activism around community struggles and through sharp-edged performances of music that incorporates Hip Hop, Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms, the Welfare Poets bring information and inspiration to those facing oppression and those fighting for liberation.
- Western Region Puerto Rican Council
Since 1972, the Western Region Puerto Rican Council has promoted cultural, educational and socio-economic programs that enhance the status of Puerto Ricans in the western region of the United States. The Council is an umbrella organization with its primary base in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. As part of the Council goal to promote the culture of Puerto Rico, “El Día de San Juan” Festival (the “Festival”) was started in 1978 in the Bay Area and remains part of the area’s signature events today.