Speaker of the California Assembly, John A. Perez and Former Executive Director of Plaza de La Raza to be Honored by Latino Arts Network and Multicultural Arts Alliance of California
On Wednesday March 13, Speaker of the California Assembly, John A. Perez and Former Executive Director of Plaza de La Raza were honored for their role in the art community. La Raza Galeria Posada was present and host for the event. Marie Acosta, Executive Director, was the Masters of Ceremony. Board Chair, Mario Guitterez, helped present the award to Speaker Perez. Thank you everyone for your support and presence at the event. Here are some images from the special night.
Special thank you to all of the Sponsors for the event.
Background on Rose Marie Cano and John A. Perez:
Rose Marie Cano
Now in retirement, Rose resides in South Pasadena, California and enjoys spending time with her mother, friends and family, and continued her involvement with the Latino Arts Network of California. Under her 30 years of veteran leadership, Plaza de La Raza provided exhibits, performances and arts education for countless numbers of children. Her work produced partnerships with other institutions critical to the advancement and influence of Latino arts in the greater Los Angeles area. Possessing a keen eye for talent, she influenced the careers of artists such as Los Lobos as well as many other Los Angeles artists, musicians and actors. During her tenure at Plaza de la Raza, she has hosted the first exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work in Southern California, launched a successful youth Mariachi program, spearheaded several capital improvements to the center and transformed a century-old Boathouse and group of aging buildings in Lincoln Park into a thriving art center and school. Throughout her career, Rose positively influenced lives of tens of thousands of local children through the arts. She continually welcomed politicians, artists, celebrities and families to celebrate, in the words of the Honorable LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, “the gem” of Los Angeles and one of the very few community landmarks in East Los Angeles.
John A Perez
Growing up in the working class communities of El Sereno and Highland Park, John’s parents taught him the value of hard work and community service. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, became active in the Labor Movement, and spent over fifteen years working to create jobs, expand health care and protect workers’ rights. Prior to his election to the State Assembly, John served as Political Director for the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 324, and previously served in a similar position for the California Labor Federation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. John serves as an elected member of the Democratic National Committee. He has previously served as a board member for the California League of Conservation Voters and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. As the first openly gay person to be elected to the position of Assembly Speaker in the country, John has been a longtime advocate on behalf of the LGBT Community. In recognition of his work, he was appointed by both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
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