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ALAC: Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center in Downtown Phoenix
Founded in 2009, the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC) is a coalition of Latino artists and art organizations that celebrate and promote the Latino presence in Arizona through education and advocacy. ALAC is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix and led by Executive Director and artist Elizabeth Toledo. A first-of-its-kind in Arizona, it serves as a beacon of cultural and artistic expression through art exhibits, film, theater, presentations, lectures, live performances and literary readings.
By: Allison Rodriguez
Posted at 5:00 AM, Oct 06, 2021
"Elizabeth Toledo is the Executive Director for ALAC. She’s an artist and a natural storyteller as we found out when she gave ABC15 a tour.
She stopped by a colorful painting of an Indigenous woman holding her daughter who is noticeably in black and white.
"I get the chills every time I see and explain this," she said. She went on to explain, “This is the woman looking for her daughter or some of the lost. And this is, as you can see, she's in black and white. She's not in color so she's not there anymore.”
The piece was meant to draw attention to and spread awareness about the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Every piece at ALAC has a story to tell, whether it’s different interpretations of the legend of La Llorona or a portrait of slain Texas Army Soldier Vanessa Guillen.
ALAC is located off Adams Street near the Phoenix Convention Center. Toledo was joined by fellow artist Roman Reyes during the tour. " Click link for full story and video.