What exactly is the Center for Latino Arts and Culture? many of you may ask as you walk past the house with the colorful columns next to Au Bon Pain.
Many people may know us as those people who sell empanadas outside or have that awesome outdoor party with music blasting and a dance floor. However, they don’t take the time to walk in and see what is behind those colorful columns.
The CLAC, as we all call it, has become like a little home to many of us. It is a community within itself filled with many people not just of Hispanic heritage but also from many different cultures.
I remember last year as freshman being assigned as a work-study at the CLAC and wondering: what exactly is this place? I’ll never forget walking in on my first day and being treated like everyone there had known me for years. Everyone was so welcoming and comforting, that I forgot for a moment that I had only been there a few minutes.
As a freshman, a main concern is always where am I going to fit in, or how am I going to make friends. And for me, in an instant, that question was pretty much answered. Not only is it my job, but also it’s a place where I can go and interact with friends that I have much in common with and simply be myself around.
And not only is it about hanging out and making friends, but also about gaining knowledge about various Hispanic heritages. There are so many events to attend: from art galleries, to guest speakers, to even a paranda at the end of the year to celebrate the holidays!
The CLAC is filled with an amazing staff and awesome people from all walks of life that come together inside the house with the colorful columns not just to work, but also to learn, to laugh, to converse, and to simply be yourself.