Tazas de Cultura

Sale of collectible mug to benefit art space, cultural programs

By Alma Lopez
Published on LatinoLA: August 21, 2002

Tazas de Cultura

I am Alma Lopez, member of the Board of Directors of a non-profit called Cultura Art Space whose mission will make it possible for community, performance & arts events to continue happening at Espresso Mi Cultura without draining the resources of the bookstore, which currently finances the events via staffing, scheduling and promotion.

To that end we are beginning to raise funds and I have donated two images to initiate the Taza de Cultura Limited Edition Art Mug series. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I invite you to the unveiling at the 4th Anniversary Party at Espresso Mi Cultura on Saturday, August 24, 2002 starting at 6 pm. We plan to do several series of art mugs with works from different artists. These are going to be awesome collectibles and will be sold exclusively at Espresso Mi Cultura Bookstore. I am also donating one "Chuparosa" silkscreen print that I just did at Self Help Graphics Maestras Atelier to be raffled that evening.

The ceramic coffee mugs in Taza de Cultura series will include "Chuparosa" which features my friend Claudia Rodriguez (creative writer/poet), and the other is titled "Latina in the Land of Hollywood" which features Lysa Flores (musician/performer). Each mug is $18.35 (includes tax). The limited edition will be no more than 26 of each image. So, get a collectible art mug and all the proceeds support Cultura Art Space, Inc.

What is Cultura Art Space?

Cultura Art Space is a California non-profit organization that supports up-and-coming local artists, painters, sculptors, poets, writers and musicians through performances and exhibitions of their work.

Our efforts focus to the greatest extent possible on facilitating the professional interaction between emerging artists and writers to the prominent published writers and recording artists of the Latin American community.

Our goals: Provide a community space that focuses on culture and literature; attract quality emerging artists, writers and performance artists; facilitate community accessibility to art forms that have traditionally existed in the margins of our community; reaffirm, conserve and promote the creation of positive art forms in our community; create a landmark space dedicated to the Latino and Indigenous arts and culture; showcase positive contributions of Latinos/as and Indigenous people to the arts and culture of Los Angeles and the United States.

Board of Directors: Alma Lopez, Patricia Jimenez, Elena Espinoza, Mario Davila, Josefina Aguilar, Jacqueline Ortiz, Andres Gonzalez

Honorary Board of Directors: Herbert Siguenza, Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas (Culture Clash), Luis Alfaro, Graciela Limon

For more information, email us at: CulturaArtSpace@aol.com

Cultura Art Space c/o Espresso Mi Cultura Bookstore
5625 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028

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