The School of Arts and Culture @MHP wishes to create as many opportunities as possible for the community to visit, use, perform, and learn at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. Like the School of Arts and Culture, the Plaza was created through extensive community processes. We want to honor the Plaza’s work and history by ensuring a practice of open communication exists and that multiple entry points are developed over time.
The School’s Community Access policy is defined primarily by the spirit of the Guiding Principles for Community Access and Engagement:
- Create welcoming, inclusive and affordable community gatherings and cultural offerings in partnership with artists, arts organizations and community focused non-profits that capitalize on the strengths of this unique facility and location in the Eastside of San José.
- Develop partnerships with a network of artists, arts and community organizations that will leverage existing relationships and capacity while advancing and growing collective impact.
- Build community confidence, enthusiasm and trust over time through consistent communication, responsiveness and a reliable menu of opportunities.
- Develop a broad mix in programming with a focus on Mexican culture while activating opportunities for social integration with the broader multicultural artistic community present in San José.
- Facilitate multiple points of entry for community members, partner organizations as well as private clients.
- Create a relationship of reciprocity with organizations and the community through “mission compatible” activation of spaces.
- Embrace grassroots participation as critical to the success of our vision, and provide opportunities for community feedback through face to face meetings, the ACPG quarterly meetings and a feedback button on our website.
Nelly Torres, the School’s Community Program Manager, encourages all those who wish to engage the School in a meaningful way to contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (408) 794-6250.