The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Founded in 1980, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to the cultivation, promotion and preservation of traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture. The GCAC offers year-round events in Ballet Folklorico & Spanish Flamenco dance, Mariachi and Tejano/Conjunto music, theatrical productions, film screenings, art exhibitions, artisan craft markets and more. The Center is also home to the Guadalupe Academy arts education program and produces several free community events such as La Gran Tamalada, a Dia de los Muertos celebration, and various cultural programs for families and Seniors who reside in the community. In addition, the Guadalupe produces two annual festivals: CineFestival, the longest running Latino Film Festival in the U.S. and the Tejano Conjunto Festival, recently recognized as a National Treasure by the Smithsonian Institute. An anchor of the GCAC is the Historic Guadalupe Theater which opened its doors in 1942. Its history encompasses over 75 years of film screenings, dance and theatre productions, live music concerts, and special events showcasing regional, national and international Latin American arts and culture. With its Mission Revival and art-deco architectural design, the historic 350 seat Guadalupe Theater continues to shine as the jewel of San Antonio’s Westside.