• Vivian Velasco Paz, President
  • Alfredo Robles Vice President
  • Adam Mena, Secretary
  • Nancy Marquez, Treasurer
  • Juan Arambula, Past President  


Tony Briseño
Fernanda Cámara
Gustavo Domínguez
Thomas-Whit Ellis
Richard Giddens
David González
Sal Gonzalez
Conde McGowan
Dolores Olmos-Rodriguez
Manuel Prieto
Diana Rodríquez
Janie Rostro
Lucy Ruiz
Don Simmons

Frank L. Delgado 
Chief Curator/Executive Director

Our Mission:
"To make Central California 
a flourishing place for Latino arts."

Toward this end, we will:
  • Maintain a center where Latino arts can be exhibited, performed, danced, recited, taught and preserved for future generations.
  • Encourage the development of new works, the examination of issues affecting our Valley,and the initiation of projects that serve our community.
  • Collaborate with other organizations to bring our communities a new awareness of the wealth of Latino arts and culture

Arte Américas began operations in 1987. Inside a modestly-sized, rented, one-room office in a Fulton Street storefront, and through the ongoing dedication of thousands of volunteers, we are now recognized as one of the key stakeholders in the burgeoning Cultural Arts District of Downtown Fresno.

In 1995 Arte Américas purchased and moved into its current building, and shortly thereafter acquired an adjoining acre of land.  This area was cultivated into what we now know as La Plazita where Friday night concerts are hosted between May and September of each year.

Arte Américas is currently the Valley's largest non-profit Latino cultural center: with 10,000+ square feet of gallery, performance, meeting and classroom spaces. 

Our cultural center is a celebration of Arts in Mexico, Latin America, the Southwest, and California. Its focus is on the ability of art to be both culturally specific and universally understood.

Our exhibits and events are culturally educational and family-friendly; featuring local and international artists whose talents celebrate the eclectic variety of cultural artforms:

  • Visual Arts: every few months, we debut a new exhibits (or set of exhibits) in our galleries.  Artists range from traditional/folkloric to avant-garde 
  • Dance:  Performances recently by Flamenco, folklorico and modern dance ensembles. 
  • Literary Arts: Workshops and featured presentations by poets, authors, writers and novelists that celebrate and educate the community about the Latin cultural experience
  • Our summer concert series, NIGHTS IN THE PLAZA,  features a diverse variety of top-tier musical performances under the stars. The events are hosted in the beautifully landscaped outdoor venue (that measures half a city block) directly adjacent to the cultural center

Over 10,000+ square feet of multi-purpose space:
  •     Three galleries
  •     Classroom spaces
  •     Two gift shops
  •     Latino literature/history library

What We Offer:

• Stimulating new art shows and exhibits in our galleries which change quarterly

• "Nights in Plaza Paz" a summer concert series in our huge outdoor venue.  The lush green-space features a concert main-stage and a large kiosko as a centerpiece.

• Two unique gift shops with authentic Mexican handcrafts, art books, posters, wearables, home decorations, and jewelry.

• Our signature Dia de las  Madres (Mother's Day) Celebration has grown into a sprawling, sold-out, annual gala event.  Guests bring their mothers and 'second moms' to brunch beneath the shade of our tented Plaza and to have them serenaded by mariachis and trios.

• Home to a variety of civic, cultural and community benefit organizations, including dozens of folklórico dance academies, The Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno, the  Fresno Chapter of AMAE (Association of Mexican American Educators) and groups from Fresno City College and California State University, Fresno.

•Seasonal workshops that coincide with gallery exhibits.  Past workshops have included toy making, beadwork, ceramics, sugar skull making, folklorico dancing, jewelry making, paper crafts, and other disciplines that celebrate the diverse cultures of The Américas!


Advisory Board 2017

Robert and Celia Arroyo
Emeterio Castro, CPA
Pat Gutiérrez
Dan Martin
Paul Pierce
Helen Rael
Tim Ríos
Alice Rocha
Armando Rodríguez
Elva Rodríguez
Fred Ruiz
Dr. Jackie Ryle
F. John Sierra


Alliance for California Traditional Arts, ACTA
The Bonner Family Foundation
California Arts Council 
NEA Art Works
Central Valley Regional Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation
McClatchy Fresno Art Endowment


James and Coke Hallowell
Dan Martin Family Foundation


Automated Office Services 
The Bonner Family Foundation
The California Endowment
CSUF Internship Program
Fresno County Library
Bertha and John Garabedian Foundation
Edward Kashian
Ruiz Foods, Inc.
State Center Community College District


Donaghy Sales
Granville Homes

Lisle Funeral Home
The Fresno Bee 
Vida en el Valle
Valley PBS



(Annual contributions of $1,000+)

Consuelo and Leonel Alvarado
Robert and Celia Arroyo
Emeterio and Desiree Castro
Lilia and Victor Chavez
James and Mary Ellen Clay
Don and Rose Diaz
Angie Cisneros
Sharon Handley
Leo and Mercedes Mejia
Manuel and Teresa Pérez
Armando Rodriguez
Shirley Rubiolo
F. John and Virginia Sierra

Mexican Treasures

Angie Kirsten
Crafts by Amistad, Joaquin and Eva Patiño
Edward Kashian

Association of Mexican American Educators (AMAE)
Aztlán Xpressions
Consulado de México, Fresno
Latinas Unidas, Madera
League of Mexican American Women
Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno
Valley Cultural Coalition
Fresno Cultural Arts District Association
México Mágico
Warnors Center for the Performing Arts
San Francisco International Arts Festival

Media Support 

Radio Bilingüe
The Fresno Bee
Valley PBS
Vida en el Valle
I Heart Media
KFTV - Univision21
KSEE -  NBC24 
KVPR (FM89) Valley Public Radio