About Us

Acción Latina is a nonprofit organization founded in 1970 that is dedicated to promoting cultural arts, community media and civic engagement as a way of building healthy and empowered Latino communities. Our programming includes:

  • Publishing a free, bilingual newspaper, El Tecolote (named “Best Community Newspaper” of 2014 by SF Weekly) which offers ongoing, on-the-job training in community journalism to scores of young adults and community residents each year;
  • Sponsoring year-round literary and performing arts events such as the Encuentro del Canto Popular and the Flor y Canto Festival Para Nuestros Niños y Niñas;
  • Operating the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, which seeks to showcase visual artwork that reflects the nuances of Latino life and themes; and
  • Managing a diverse collection of archival materials that document the history of the social struggles and artistic movements of San Francisco’s Mission District in particular, and of San Francisco in general, from 1970 to the present.

We are located in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Mission District, in the area now designated as the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.

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  • Painting by Jasmin Colores featured in the Ode to Our
    4 weeks ago by accionlatinasf Painting by Jasmin Colores featured in the “Ode to Our Barrio” exhibition up now in the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St, SF. Come check it out Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm .  #Repost   @jasmin_colores  with  @get_repost  ・・・ The lil homie Musa Sharhan with a print of the painting I did of him. The boy on the right is not in the painting but he really wanted to be in the pic . You can find them working hard at Mi Ranchito Produce on 18th and Mission.  #acrylicpainting   #missiondistrict 
  • Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us
    3 months ago by accionlatinasf Thanks to all who came out to celebrate with us Saturday night! The 5th Annual Latino Life Photo Exhibition is up now in our gallery, which is open Tuesday through Friday 11am - 5pm. Also, be sure to pick up a copy of the limited edition commemorative booklet “A Photographic Time Capsule 2013-2018”. At only $15 it’s a steal  #latinolife   #photojournalism  galleryexhibition  #communityjournalism   #eltecolote   #ethnicmedia 
  • Repost paseoartistico  Paseo Artstico Presents EVERY CHILD IS BLESSED
    2 months ago by accionlatinasf  #Repost   @paseoartistico  ・・・ Paseo Artístico Presents: “EVERY CHILD IS BLESSED: NIÑOS UNIDOS” A free arts event to raise awareness for children separated at the border, and the children in The Mission community. At participating venues on Calle 24 Latino Cultural District Saturday, August 11, 2018 11AM-7PM All events and activities are FREE for all ages. This month’s event aims to raise awareness about children and their families separated at the US-Mexico border, as well as highlight the value of children in our local community. Live music and dance from Latino, indigenous, Hip-Hop, and tropical artists, poetry and literary arts from
  • Saturday Sept 1  Ode to Our Barrio A Tribute
    2 months ago by accionlatinasf *Saturday, Sept. 1 • “Ode to Our Barrio: A Tribute to the Mission by Dos Centroamericanas.” Acción Latina could not be prouder to present, La Misión’s own Natalie Alemán and Jasmin Cañas as they present The Mission in color 35 mm film photography and Vibrant, Luscious Paint for a visual arts experience like you’ve never seen! Show love to these two powerful, emerging mujer artistas! Join us! Free! Family friendly ! 5pm-9pm Music by Los Compas And Dj Ras Rican Acción Latina Juan R Fuentes Gallery 2958 24th Street SF
  •  As alwayswe are happy to highlight our communitys unique
    1 week ago by accionlatinasf ** As alwayswe are happy to highlight our community’s unique, beautiful heritage. Join us for a free, bilingual mural tour offered as always, part of  #paseoartistico  11 AM at Precita eyes mural arts center 2981 24th Street with special cameo by the One and only mujer muralists Mz. Lućia Ippolito  @cialuart  STRAIGHT FROM LA MISION C/S Sat 10/13 11am ☝ don’t forget, balmy alley block party all day from 11 to 8 PM same day
  • We are pleased to announce the opening of Ode to
    2 months ago by accionlatinasf We are pleased to announce the opening of “Ode to our Barrio”, a painting/photography exhibition by two Latinas that captures the spirit of the Mission District, reclaiming space in a community that has been beset by gentrification • Opening Reception is Saturday, Sept. 1 at 5PM  #odetoourbarrio   #galleryexhibition 
  • Big news for our eltecogram supporters! eltecogram will be starting
    20 hours ago by accionlatinasf Big news for our  @eltecogram  supporters!  @eltecogram  will be starting a series as of tomorrow 10/19 to get all San Francisco voters ready for the local and state propositions. Make sure to follow  @eltecogram  for all updates leading up to Election Day November 6th! . . . . . . . .  #voter   #votolatino 
  • Please join us Thursday October 11 at 6pm in the
    1 week ago by accionlatinasf Please join us Thursday (October 11) at 6pm in the Juan R Fuentes Gallery for a dynamic art chat with artist Viviana Paredes, creator of the upcoming food cart project, “Ser y Comer” . This is a special preview of her upcoming “Ser y Comer” exhibition which will be featured in the gallery in March of 2019. *Made possible by the SF Arts Commission.
  • Repost womensmarch with getrepost  This IndigenousPeoplesDay were thinking of
    2 weeks ago by accionlatinasf  #Repost   @womensmarch  with  @get_repost  ・・・ This  #IndigenousPeoplesDay  we’re thinking of our over 5100 missing and murdered Indigenous sisters. The repercussions of colonialism and the oppression of Indigenous people in North America, and around the globe, exist to this day.  #MMIW  . . . [IMAGE DESCRIPTION - Painting entitled “Still Dancing” by  #jonlabillois  ]
  • JUST ADDED! STRAIGHT FROM La MisinYUCATAN SFs own ASSOCIACION MAYAB
    1 week ago by accionlatinasf **JUST ADDED! STRAIGHT FROM La Misión/YUCATAN, SF’s own ASSOCIACION MAYAB y su bellisimo. JARANA YUCATECA this Saturday October 13 from 3:30pm-5pm at  @accionlatinasf  Acción Latina 2958 24th st SF CA C/S