La Peña is an inclusive nonprofit cultural center with a focus on movements and cultures pertaining to the Latinx diaspora, at all of its intersections. La Peña was founded in South Berkeley in 1975 by Californian and Latin American allies as a direct response to the military coup in Chile.
Help us provide the community with high quality sound and services for special events!
With the community’s support, we present over 100 special events per year, including concerts, community gatherings, panel discussions, theatre performances, film screenings, art exhibits, fundraisers and more. Also, La Peña commissions and produces special projects by local artists, and presents internationally renowned artists.
La Peña also holds space for daily classes and workshops for children and adults, such as Mexican son jarocho; Afro Peruvian cajon and dance; Brazilian Capoeira Angola; Puerto Rican bomba & plena; Cuban salsa, timba, and danzon; as well as community yoga.
The sound system in one of our most widely used community spaces, the Lounge, is in urgent need of replacement so that the many communities that meet in the space can use it. Additionally, we are raising funds for our general operating costs, which include building repairs and maintenance, technical and administrative support, and other basic costs to run a thriving cultural center.
Our goal is $10,000. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated! Plus, you can get perks by selecting: “SABOR tickets” and “Raffle Tickets”! SABOR is our eclectic Latinx dance party with DJ José Ruíz, on December 13, 2019.
Why it matters:
There is a growing demand for the unique space and resources that La Peña offers: a place to build strong communities, to preserve cultural traditions and to be a catalyst for social change through the arts. La Peña is more important than ever during these difficult socio-political times.
Replacing our sound system will allow the communities who currently use the Lounge to continue hosting monthly gatherings in the space, and will allow us to expand the types of events we can offer. General operating costs will ensure that La Peña can continue to maintain our building and operating costs to serve the community.
For over 44 years, La Peña Cultural Center has been at the forefront of people’s liberation movements, building strong communities, facilitating social change, and promoting intercultural understanding. Throughout recessions and amid rapid gentrification, we have continued our mission, and are one of the few enduring spaces for Latinx culture in the East Bay.
La Peña Cultural Center: Committed to the arts in our community against the odds
For 44 years, La Peña Cultural Center has been at the forefront of people’s liberation movements, building strong communities, facilitating social change, and promoting intercultural understanding. Throughout recessions and in the midst of rapid gentrification, we have continued our mission, and are one of the few enduring spaces for Latinx culture in the East Bay.
Only 4% of arts funding goes to communities of color, so fundraising for us is a lot harder than for a mainstream arts organization (source: Hellicon Collaborative “Not Just Money” Report.) However, La Peña has 44 years of people power, and if people continue to share this fundraiser and donate (no amount is too small), we are confident that we will be able to get this new sound system by the end of this campaign!
How we’ll put your donations to work:
All donations are welcome and will help us reach our goals!
All SABOR ticket perks and raffle ticket perks will go towards replacing the sound system in the lounge, consisting of:
- 1 Mixer
- 2 Main Speakers
- 1 Monitor Speaker
- 1 Subwoofer
- Corresponding cables for all the equipment
All other funds will go towards operations:
- Building maintenance and repairs
- Maintaining financially accessible events and classes
- Production supplies
- Administrative costs
- Utility bills
Other ways people can help:
- Share this campaign on social media!
- Become a Friend of La Peña by signing up to donate $10 or more a month here!
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