Traditions of food, dance, and arts live & breathe the history of the Latino Culture in San Jose
There are so many other sites that highlight the history of San Jose and the culture here including Our Lady of Guadalupe Parrish and the original home of Cesar Chavez the Latino civil rights activist and co-founder of the National Farm Workers Association. His home represents the work of giving a voice to and helping to organize laborers in California to gain equality for their work. His home represents the work of giving a voice to and helping to organize laborers in California to gain equality for their work. His activism laid the groundwork for modern-day organizations involving food culture like VeggieLution. The Mexican Heritage plaza houses the School of Arts and Culture which is a place of education, culture, and community that celebrates the rich diversity of the Silicon Valley. The School itself is rooted in the Mexican experience and is inclusive of multicultural perspectives. The organization makes learning in the arts – dance, music, theater and visual arts—accessible to the entire community through classes for adults and children. Another organization that residents of San Jose utilize to strengthen their connection to their community is MACLA – Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, or the movement of latin american art and culture and is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation.