Strategic Planning Towards Equitable Development

A Case Study


Monday, October 10, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Organized by Roberta Uno, senior program officer, Ford Foundation; Risë Wilson, program manager, Leveraging Investments in Creativity.

Presented by Eugene Rodriguez, executive director, Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center; Joshua Simon, director of real estate consulting, Northern California Community Loan Fund.

Like many small and mid-sized organizations—especially those serving communities of color—Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center has been operating for decades from a facility that does not match the scale of its impact in San Pablo, CA. They are currently planning a move from their modest storefront location to a larger facility where they can continue developing a zócalo (community plaza) centered on art, music, dance, and cultural programs. Their well-established artistic excellence and community impact has helped them to leverage critical support from city officials to assist in these efforts. Eugene Rodriguez and Joshua Simon will discuss what it means to bring equitable artist space projects to fruition, from the vantage points of both community development and cultural equity issues.