Sacramento's Latino Center of Art and Culture Announces Appointment of Associate Director
(Sacramento, CA) The Board of Directors of the Latino Center of Art and Culture is pleased to announce the appointment of Johana Ramirez-Zapien as Associate Director. The Latino Center of Art and Culture is a multi-disciplinary cultural center and public space serving the Sacramento community by offering arts programming, art education workshops and serving as a community gathering place.
In 2017, Marie Acosta announced her plan to retire after serving as Artistic/Executive Director of LCAC since 2008. With support from the Sacramento Community Foundation, the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the California Arts Council, the Board and Ms. Acosta embarked on a twelve-month process to plan a leadership transition. Ms. Ramirez-Zapien was selected after an extensive job search lead by California’s Latino Arts Network. She will work alongside Ms. Acosta for twelve months, then assume leadership of the organization. The Board and Ms. Acosta are grateful to the support of our community and funders to have an extensive period of time to effectively train and guide Ms.Ramirez-Zapien, an opportunity that is rarely afforded cultural organizations.
Ms. Ramirez-Zapien has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Spanish and Art History from the University of California, Davis including a brief period of study in Spain. Born into a family of immigrants, she grew up in and currently resides in Woodland, CA. She is an experienced educator and co-created a guiding organization at UC Davis for incoming Spanish majors.
"I am extremely enthusiastic to join the team at LCAC," said Ramirez-Zapien. "We are currently planning our 9th Annual El Panteón de Sacramento/Dia de los Muertos to be held in Midtown, Sacramento on October 27-28, and the 2018 La Pastorela de Sacramento that will be performed in mid-December at the Guild Theatre in Oak Park. My vision for LCAC is to create a home away from home for all of our Latinx communities where we can feel safe to express who we are and learn more about our diverse cultures by presenting compelling exhibitions and through our signature programs.”