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La Raza Galería Posada to move to Miller Park

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The 40-year-old La Raza Galería Posada Latino arts and culture center will leave its Midtown location next month, moving to a bigger facility in Miller Park that will allow for larger indoor and outdoor events.

“We hope to have our inaugural event in early or mid June, and that will be a concert in Miller Park,” said Marie Acosta, executive director of La Raza Galería Posada. “It will also be an opportunity for us to introduce the public to the site and talk about building a new building or renovating the current building.”

The building is an approximately 1,800-square-foot warehouse-style structure on Front street just south of Broadway. It is double the size of the center’s Midtown location at 1022-1024 22nd St.

The new building is currently used for storage of maintenance equipment, and La Raza Galería Posada will share the space.

Moving to Miller Park is a partnership with the city that will allow La Raza Galería Posada to use the space without paying rent – just utilities – which will cut costs by 75 percent, Acosta said.

“We love Midtown, and it’s the center of our city, but the high rent in the small space affected our ability to raise money,” she said. “It’s not possible for us to run like a business in a high-rent area.”

A recent funding drive finished earlier this month, preventing the center from going on a hiatus.

The new building needs to be brought up to code, specifically to meet disabled access codes, and Acosta said a fundraising campaign has not yet begun for that.

“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” she said. “The legacy of this organization is being preserved, and a renewed presence of Latino art and culture is going to take shape.”

"I am thrilled about the new location for La Raza," Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Executive Director Rhyena Halpern said in an email Monday. "I think Marie Acosta saw a way to ensure this important cultural institution is sustainable for the future."

Halpern added that the area is largely industrial, and that she is happy she and the city are able to partner with the center.

La Raza Galería Posada Board Member Andres Alvarez visited the site of the new building Monday and said he is excited for the potential of the space.

“We’re really hoping to make this a landmark defining or representing the Latino, Chicano and native community,” he said.

Alvarez added that he would like to see partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations that would enable them to share the space and support each other.

David Avila, a 32-year-old Sacramentan in the insurance business, was in Miller Park riding bicycles with family members Monday and said he thinks the center’s relocation is a good way to draw in more families.

“It’s good because we have different events and reasons to come here,” he said, adding that he has gone to outdoor concerts across the river in West Sacramento in the past, and would be happy to have events closer to home.

Acosta said an event is being planned to mark the closing of the Midtown facility before the move is made to Miller Park.

“We hope to have a closing Sunday open house to thank our current artists who are exhibiting there and to say, ‘Hasta entonces’ – see you soon,” she said.

Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press. Follow him on Twitter @Brandon_Darnell.

Editorial Note: This article was updated after it was published.

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