"Blessed to support Guadalupe Bojorquez here in East LA. Her art program is a way for the young people of the community to put their thoughts and feelings on canvas. She is reviving our family-oriented Hispanic culture and bringing back a strong sense of community. I plan on using her example of Casa Cultural to encourage the many different cultures in our country that I work with especially the Native American youth," declared Dr. Ornelas current candidate for California Governor
Established in 2004, Casa Cultural is the first art program of its kind in the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Recreation. Guadalupe Bojorquez founder and matriarch made it her mission to bring art to the children of Saybrook Park. Saybrook Park is in East Los Angeles located immediately east of the Boyle Heights district of the City of Los Angeles and represented by LA County Board of Supervisors Gloria Molina.
Each child is placed into individualized programs according to age and experience. Casa invites artists to talk to the children about their work and to share their techniques. Although drawing and painting are the main components of the class, children also learn about different cultures through arts, crafts and music.
Guadalupe Bojorquez and her daughter Beatrice Bojorquez, set up each child with an individualized program according to age and experience.
Through the years she has participated in many art shows throughout California and Mexico. Displaying her art with other artists. "Since I could remember I have always enjoyed drawing and painting. I new Art would be part of my future. It is awesome to see how artists interpret art. How their dreams, desires and sometime sadness comes out in their paintings," says Beatrice Bojorquez
Success stories of the program include Repetto second grader London Garcia. He was named a winner in the 2011 Latino Heritage Month Poster Competition. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa recognized Garcia at the Plaza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education in Los Angeles. The program also boasts the support of 1st District, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. "Ms. Molina has been a heaven-sent for the program," says Casa Cultural founder Guadalupe.