Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center

5209 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland,  Ohio     44102-4307

Web Site:  www.juliadeburgos.org


Organization Mission:

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the Puerto Rican and Caribbbean traditions through the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Our Vision is to: Create a dynamic, self-sufficient, cultural arts center showcasing the richness of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures.


  • 1989, April 3. 1989- Incorporation date as non-profit organization.
  • Fiscal Year Start: July 1
    Fiscal Year End: June 30
  • 1991, June 15, open the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center at 5402 Clark Ave, leased from Cleveland Municipal Schools.
  • 1991-1999- The Julia de Burgos Center operated as community arts institution. Folkloric dance, music (guitar, cuatro, piano, percussion), arts and craft classes were offered. Cultural Festivals, theatre, concerts, seminars were held in collaborations with local institutions. Held an annual Noche de Gala to recognize local Latino artists. Funding was received from local funders and sponsors.
  • June 1999- Closed the Center due to termination of lease with the CMSD.
  • 2001- Open Center at rented location on 6521 Lorain Ave. Continued the weekly classes for youth and adults, (percussion, quitar, cuatro, piano and visual arts). The Center began to coordinate the Annual Puerto Rican Parade and Festival.
  • May 2005- Moved Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center to leased offices in the WSEM Building at 5209 Detroit Avenue. The Center currently provides cultural arts classes for youth and adults in the areas of quitar, cuatro, percussion, piano, folkloric dance, modern latino dance , modeling and refinement classes, arts and crafts and youth leadership development. The Center has two established folkloric youth dance groups, Explosion Divina and Grupo Coqui that perform at local schools, colleges and universities and at community events offering multicultural artistic cultural exchanges throughout the city.
  • Since 2005 to present, we annually sponsor two signature community arts cultural festivals. One in April in collaboration with the IX Center Indoor Amusement Park, La Fiesta Latina and the other in July/August The Annual Latino Fest and Puerto Rican Parade in downtown Cleveland attracting a diverse crowd of more than 30,000. We also offer seminars, youth leadership development in the cultural arts and outreach presentations and workshops in schools and community.


Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center's mission is to build cultural understanding and inclusion among our audiences. We implement our annual festivals, Fiesta Latina in the IX Center in April and the Puerto Rican Parade and Latino Fest during July/August in downtown Cleveland attracting a broad diverse audience with the purpose of educating others about the Latino traditions and folklore.

We collaborate with local arts organizations to support diversity in the neighborhoods and schools. We organize educational seminars and workshops on topics of history, culture, literary contributions and the arts. Our weekly culturals arts classes include persussion, folkloric dance, music classes inclusive of quitar, cuatro, and piano, modeling and refinement classes and arts and crafts lessons. We also sponsor Project Coqui which is a youth leadership development project for talented latino youth and aspiring artists.

Total number of people served: 500 to 1000 youth and adults per year in programs, classes, workshops and artistic presentations.

Estimated audiences for annual festivals and large public events are:

Total: 30,000
Adults who benefit: 28,000
Children who benefit: 2,500

Total number of artists directly involved in providing artistic services; 75

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center is currently the longest existing Latino arts organization in the Cleveland area. Our strengths have been a strong volunteer community grass-roots base that supports our programming. Parents send their children to participate in cultural arts classes' on-ongoing basis. Our community events and festivals are well attended and supported by the city of Cleveland. We are working on expanding our capacity to generate funds to enhance program delivery and improve the artistic quality of our productions.

We wish to develop a three year strategic plan to target the following areas:

1)Expand and diversify the financial sustainability of the Center to support overall operations, plan cultural programs and events and increase hired staff.

2) Secure funds to improve the artistic quality of performances and cultural productions to authentically represent the cultures and traditions of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean at the annual festivals.

3) Establish partnerships and work collaboratively with other local and national arts organizations and individuals to expand capacity and outreach to diverse audiences in the Cleveland area and expand cross-cultural collaborations.

4) Expand the capacity of Board, staff and volunteers to effectively implement planned programs and activities through leadership development, training, and on-going program evaluations.


1) Establish an arts organization that will provide Latino youth and adults the opportunities to develop and nurture their Latino cultural heritage and enhance the multicultural diversity of the city of Cleveland.

2) Establish cultural collaborations with other cultural arts institutions that will enhance opportunities for Latino youth and artists to access in metropolitan Cleveland quality experience in the visual and performing arts

3) During 2012, Engage the organization in a startegic planning process to develop a three year organization plan that will result in the following:

a) Develop the organizational capacity of the staff and Board Of Trustees to develop a new vision for the growth and expansion of the cultural institution.

b) Improve the financial management system and reporting to position our organization to request the necessary funding to enhance our staffing, programming and improve financial stability .

c) Prepare a final document that will articulate a three year strategic plan for Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center addressing parameters for programs and services; fund development; public relations; governance, administration, and volunteers; and implementation timetable; and a three year budget projection and related fund development outline.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Organization Ascribes to the Anti-discrimination Policy:

We have a Personal Manual that clearly states our non-discrimination policy.It is also stated in our organization by-laws,

Geographic Area:

Cuyahoga County
City of Cleveland
Clark Metro
Detroit Shoreway
Ohio City
Old Brooklyn
St. Clair Superior
University Circle

Population Served:

A2 Children and Youth ( 0 -19 yr)
A3 Children Only (5 - 14 yr)
A4 Youth / Adolescents Only (14 - 19 yr)
E3 Hispanics
O0 Other Minorities
P2 Migrant Workers
N5 Single Parents

Interest Areas:

Community Development
International Affairs
Recreation, Sports, and Leisure
Youth Development