dA Center for the Arts

Chicano arts and culture

Located in Pomona, the dA Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides the greater Pomona community with opportunities to experience, appreciate, and support the arts.  The organization was founded in 1984 and has matured into a multi-purpose art haven for community members of all ages and all walks of life.  The dA believe art is vital to empowering, transforming, healing, and building communities and should be accessible to everyone.  The dA’s programs include monthly art exhibitions, free after-school art classes for middle and high school students, open mic poetry/music events, and a yearly independent film festival.

One of the dA’s most successful art exhibitions is its annual Aztlán Exhibition, which was started in 2033 at the request of local artists who were concerned with their community’s lack of exposute to the power and beauty of Chicano/a art.  The exhibition serves a city that is home to over 90,000 Latinos, whose distinct food, language, folklore, and music continue to shate the city’s rich culture and history.  The exhibition incorporates art, music, and dance into its multimedia show to educate and share with the community Chicano/a heritage.

As a grantee of ACTA’s Living Cultures Grants Program in 2011, dA received support for its 9th Annual Aztlán Exhibition.


A dancer from Copali Copili Aztec Dancers in front of "Red Face" by Chris Toovey.  Photo courtesy of dA Center for the Arts

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