Welcome to the Centro


The Centro’s mission is to create, preserve, promote and educate about Chicano, Mexicano, Latino and Indigenous art and culture.


San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza was founded in 1970 as a Chicano Community Cultural Center and functions as an alternative space that encourages and facilitates artistic growth and cultural interchange in the San Diego/Tijuana region. The Centro provides classes and features a dynamic inter-disciplinary schedule of events which includes exhibits, musical performances, installation art, readings, receptions, Azteca dance, Teatro Chicano, Ballet Folklorico, film screenings and other events. We welcome you to visit the Centro and invite you to participate in the exciting programs.

A bit of history from the Chicano Archives at SDSU

One woman, Antonia Perez, of nine artists, headed the mural painting project on the outside walls of the Centro Cultural de la Raza. Antonia Perez was responsible for two main sections. The entire wall, 240 by 18 feet, was divided into sections and the artists were responsible for each one. Read More…

Normal Business Hours:  12-4pm everyday except Monday.  We also have workshops and other special events after hours.  Please see our Events Calendar page.

Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00. We are an all volunteer run organization that depends on your donations to provide exciting programing that meets the needs of the San Diego community.

If you would like to rent the Centro for a special event (including meetings, public forums, movie screenings and fundraisers) please go to the Renal & Collaboration Requests  page. Please allow at least three-weeks prior to your event to request the space.  The proposal must be approved before it appears on our calendar.

2013 Official Logo Color RGB-1