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

Toward this end, we will: 

Establish a center where Latino arts can be 
exhibited, performed, danced, recited, 
taught and preserved for the future.  

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 is the Valley's largest non-profit Latino cultural center with over 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:  Classes and performances 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

Arte Américas began operations in a rented one-room office in a Fulton Street storefront in 1987.  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 Plaza.

Over 10,000+ square feet of multi-purpose space:

    Three galleries
    Classroom space (including a dance classroom)
    Two gift shops
    Latino literature/history library
    A collaborative space: The Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery.

What We Offer:

• Stimulating new art shows and exhibits in our galleries every four months.

• "Nights in the Plaza" a summer concert series in our huge outdoor venue.  The lush green-space features a concert mainstage 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, papercrafts, and other disciplines that celebrate the diverse cultures of The Américas!


If your non-profit organization is interested in using Arte Américas space for your next event, please email rental@arteamericas.org or call (559) 422-0006

Download Facilities Use Reservation Agreement HERE


Board Members 2014

René Moncada, President
Lisa Casarez, MSW, Vice President
Dolores Olmos-Rodriguez, Secretary
Liz Ponce, TreasurerGloria Verdugo, Past President

Dr. Deborah G. Blue
Nené Casares  
Gustavo Dominguez
Juan Gonzales
Juan Luis Guzmán
Nancy Márquez 
Amado Martinez
Dr. Shane Moreman
Diana Rodriquez
Xavier Romano
Janie Rostro
Armando Valdez

Frank Delgado, Executive Director
Tony Carranza, Curator
Adam Mena, Curator


Advisory Council 
Juan Arambula
Robert Arroyo
Celia Arroyo
Emmet Castro
Pat Gutierrez
Dan Martin
Paul Pierce
Helen Rael
Tim Rios
Alice Rocha
Armando Rodriguez
Fred Ruiz
Jackie Ryle
F. John Sierra


Media Support 
Azteca América
Radio Bilingüe
The Fresno Bee
Valley PBS
Vida en el Valle

Clear Channel Media


Funders & Donors
James Irvine Foundation
Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Bertha & John Garabedian Foundation
Bonner Family Foundation
Dan Martin & Sally Lucchesi
Armando & Betty Rodriguez
James & Coke Hallowell
David Antonio Clay
Baumstark Family Collection

Fresno Regional Foundation


Padrinos   ($1,000+ Donors)
Consuelo and Leonel Alvarado
Robert and Celia Arroyo
Phil Bowers
Nené Casares
Angela Cisneros
Mary Ellen G. and Jim Clay
Juan & Connie Gonzalez
Pat & Elena Gutierrez
Jerry & Nancy Marquez
Elva Rodriguez
Shirley Savala Rubiolo
Fred Savala
Ramona & Mickey Walker


Corporate Contributors
Automated Office Services
Castro Accountancy
Donaghy Sales

Granville Homes/GV Urban
Lang, Richert & Patch
Leo Mejia Landscaping
President’s JLP Tequila
Ruiz Foods
Schneider Electric


Cultural Partners
Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery
Aztlán Xpressions Gallery
México Mágico
State Center Community College District Muro de Honor

Ancient Mexico Lecture Series, Richardo Duran
Association of Mexican American Educators
Cultural Arts Rotary
Danzantes del Valle
Girl Scouts, Golden Valley Council
Latinas Unidas de Madera
League of Mexican American Women
United Cultures
Valley Cultural Coalition