Plaza de la Raza’s Scholarship Drive

Support Plaza de la Raza’s mission to bring free art classes to deserving, talented students in East LA!

Plaza de la Raza

Arts and Culture

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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. It’s an opportunity for us to support the causes closest to our hearts and make the world a better place.

Beginning today, we invite you to donate to Plaza de la Raza to raise funds for scholarships to support over 150 talented local children in 2018.

Plaza de la Raza has been in East LA for nearly 50 years, and since then, we’ve been providing free or low-cost art classes to nearly 4,100 students each year. Most of these students come from needy families, and we offer them an opportunity to explore the arts and their creativity in a safe and nurturing environment.

We live in a politically and culturally challenging time. But we can teach love as easily as we can teach hate. We can teach tolerance as easily as we can teach intolerance. We can teach creativity as easily as we can stifle expression. We can make the world a better place, through the arts.

This year, we know that so many good causes are asking a lot of you. We are asking for just a little bit. Your five or ten dollars will be added on by others donating the same, through December, to support the tuition of young people who come to Plaza to study art and culture in 2018. It only takes a little to do a lot, so give a little, give a lot, and give to Plaza de la Raza.

  • $30 ~ By making a donation of $30, you can provide necessary class materials for one student. 
  • $60 ~ With $60, you can give a child the gift of an art class! 
  • $90 ~ With a donation of $90, you can give a student registration and class materials for an entire 9-week course at Plaza de la Raza.

In a time when Latino culture is under attack, Latino culture is celebrated at Plaza de la Raza. In a time when the character of Latinos is being questioned, character is a priority of the education at Plaza de la Raza. In a time when Latinos are being stereotyped as threats and are facing isolation in their own neighborhoods, Plaza welcomes all visitors to come and share the creative contribution of the Latino people.

Media and politicians may portray Latinos as violent criminals, but all we know is dance, beauty, music, arts, and culture. We invite you to drink from the well of beauty we have at Plaza de la Raza, so please, give a little, give a lot, and give to Plaza de la Raza this year!

*If you’ve already donated, thank you! You can help us achieve even more by sharing our invitation to donate with your own friends and family by email or social media. Please use the hashtags #GivingTuesday #LatinosGive & #PlazadelaRaza




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Rafael Valpuesta Ferrer

Maria and Plaza have been so hospitable to me. I love Plaza! This was my first palce of dance classes!

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Nancy Martin

Plaza de la Raza, thank you, a million thank yous for what you do in the world. I am inspired and loving taking classes here. gracias for waking the sleeping giant!!!

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Patricia Alarcon

Plaza de la Raza Staff: Thank you for your services to the community.

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Josefina Jimenez-Pinzon

There are many causes to give and I Choose Plaza De la Raza non Profit organization . Plaza De La Raza is a community Performing and Visual Arts organization that provides hope, future and tranforms the lives of the children and community . Our children have attended their wonderful enrichment Summer Camp Classes . Our children had the opportunity to be exposed to the arts, mathematics ,theater performance and cultural diversity. PLaza De Raza is a Place where community and art become one. PLease give Plaza De La Raza is a great and powerful organization that is vested in the future of our children.

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Eloy Torrez and Juliane Backmann

There's always inspiring programs in the arts happening at Plaza De La Raza. Let's keep up the good work !

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Angelica Jimenez-Pan

Plaza thank you for taking care of me and introducing me to art during my childhood. Thank you BJ. Dodge, Patssi Valdez, Diane Rodriguez, Severo Perez, Janet Carol, Mr. Meyer, Marvin Tunney, Rose Portillo to name a few and the hard working staff who work every single day.

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Jonathan Armstrong

It was such an honor to teach at Plaza and work with all those wonderful students, staff, and fellow faculty. Huge love and support to Plaza de Raza, and here's to decades and decades of more great art.

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PABLO DAMAS

THANK YOU PLAZA FOR ALL YOU DO.

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Denise Reyes

Gracias por su trabajo <3

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Antonio Pelayo

Love Plaza de la Raza and what they stand for, lets all support and help them keep the arts for kids alive!

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Francisco Leal

Continue with the great, awesome, services you provide to nuestra comunidad.

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Julia Chavez

I’d like to dedicate this donation in the memory of my beloved piano teacher Antonio “Blu” Ayon Hernandez for his inspiration and dedication to the children at Plaza de la Raza.

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arturo riera

A small token for a long term partnership.

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Noelle Reyes

We love everything that Plaza provides for our youth and perseverance of our culture!

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Andrew

¡Que lo distruteis!

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Lupe Guillen

I always support Plaza de la Raza!

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Frank & Trinie Valdez

Friends of Gabriel. Appreciate all you do for youth and the arts!

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Martha Nevarez

LOVE all the dedicated staff at Plaza! Keep up the good work!

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Azucena Maldonado

Plaza de la Raza is a gem in the heart of Lincoln Heights. My heart is touched every time I visit this iconic cultural institution! I luv it!

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Sayda Trujillo

PLAZA I LOVE YOU. YOU CHANGED MY LIFE!

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Paulina Sahagun

Keep up the great work!

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Anonymous

Let’s keep the Art at Plaza de la Raza alive!

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Camilo

You are all amazing! These little artists are very important.

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Mario Torres

The beauty of giving to the arts is found in giving others the opportunity to discover beauty around them and within.

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Maria Jimenez-Torres

Keeping the arts alive at Plaza de la Raza! Our children are our future!

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