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, award-winning bilingual newspaper, El Tecolote 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 Encuentritos concert series, the Roque Dalton tribute poetry night, various Litquake events, and more;
  • Operating the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, which seeks to showcase visual artwork that reflects the nuances of Latino life and themes;
  • Producer of the  Paseo Artistico community art stroll series that brings free arts programing—music, poetry, crafts workshops, readings, film and mural tours—to the 24th Street Latino Cultural District every other second Saturday of the month.  
  • 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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