El Centro Cultural de Mexico Set to Re-open in Downtown Santa Ana

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After spending the past few months continuing its classes and programs wherever it could while searching for a new space, El Centro Cultural de Mexico is now ready to re-open its doors to the community this weekend in downtown Santa Ana.

The award-winning nonprofit, as Weekly readers will recall, was controversially forced out of its previous home at the historic Knights of Pythias building on the corner of Fifth and Broadway this past September after having spent the past number of years there. El Centro will now call the nearby Santa Ana Veterans Hall on Third and Birch Street home.

"We were searching and finally found this space," says Yenni Diaz of the Centro, "and according to what our volunteers wanted, it met our criteria." The organization will occupy the first floor of the building where there is a large room for general meetings and cultural performances. There are also several smaller rooms where free classes ranging from ballet folklorico to son jarocho will take place.

The property owner of Veterans Hall is Mike Paxton and negotiating the move with management was a positive experience. "They knew about el Centro, they know about our programs and they knew we were looking for a space," Diaz says. The end result is a three-year lease at relatively the same level of rent that was had at Knights of Pythias. The organization's aspirations of one day owning their own space remain, but for now volunteers are eager to start the new year off with everything moved in and ready to go.

El Centro will open its doors on Saturday at 313 N. Birch Street starting at 5 p.m. with a showcase of just some of the organization's more than 20 classes. The musical entertainment scheduled for later in the evening features the talents of Marisoul, lead singer of the Latin Grammy-nominated band La Santa Cecilia, SanTana's own Son del Centro, Boricua hip-hoppers Taino Sunz, and members of Los Angeles-based band Domingo Siete.

"It's never a good thing to be disrupted and uprooted," Diaz reflects on last year's experience. "It was a challenge, but people opened their houses to host our cumbia and jarana classes. Now that we are all back together, we're ready to open our house to the community."

In true Centro fashion, the celebration will continue with a fandango following the festivities until God knows when.

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dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

Pay the rent. We all have to. White, black, brown.

Ihateusc
Ihateusc

so how long till the proud mexicans spray their graffit all over this place?

Michelle Quinn
Michelle Quinn

Now the racists have a place to hang their Che picture and spew their hatred for the awful white man. Will the El moan bag crowd, have another ANTI-THANKSGIVING EVENT?

This center is nothing but a place to procreate propaganda. A place were disgruntled, angry Mexicans can blab about how their land was stolen (even though they come to the stolen land to get away from the land that they have royally missed up) and cry about every problem they have, is somehow everyone else's fault?

 I suggest you use the center to promote educating Mexican parents being responsibe for their children's education. Educate Mexican parents on feeding their children healthy meals, instead of Cheetos and lard. This center could be a place  were Mexicans learn that they might have messed up in Mexico but now they are blessed to be here, make the most of it. And for God sake, stop whining about your so called entitlements, you have none, no ones does! 

CHELA
CHELA

So excited to have ran into this TODAY!!!!!  I have way too much evergy than I know what to do with right now, and I think I found my spot for self discovery and growth!!!  Can't wait for Saturday!!!  Felicitaciones a todos los que lucharon contra la energia negativa para mantener este centro e movimiento vivo.  Esta mas vivo que nunca!!!  This is going to be a great year for El Centro!!!  Adelante!!!

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Teacher X
Teacher X

Ha! This is headed under politics and not culture...but in the end culture is politics.

Unphotographed
Unphotographed

White people and their paranoia. How does it feel knowing that white people will soon become the minority. Sooner or later it will be white folk posting up a picture of a disgruntled arpachio. Do everyone a favor and go back to Europe you racist ol hag ;)

Michelle Quinn
Michelle Quinn

I don't feel anything, cause you will be killing yourselves more, leaving your kids more and dropping out of school more. And most likey since you speak Spanish (a European language) you need to come with me. And I don't have a problem with any race but I do find Mexican Culture and their hangs up a bit irritating to say the least. :)

Oh and Happy MLK day. Oh, thats right, the Mexicans don't like blacks must. Like I said, an irritating culture; your always wanting to get rid of everyone else, then move on to the next place to screw up. I suggest you take your cultural Center back to good ol Mexico and get your own house in order:)

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