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Interview with Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez is the Executive Director of MACLA, Movimiento de Arte y Cultural Americana, an artistic hub for Latinx cultural arts. Anjee’s educational background is a BFA in Pictorial Studies from San José State University and an MA in Visual Criticism from the California College of the Arts. She identifies with her European heritage, and Japanese-American and Latino extended family. The organization supports a broad range of artistic forms including visual, performance, especially multidisciplinary theater, and music. The organization is inclusive, broadly defining Latinx to include a range of North American, South American, and Caribbean immigrants and ethnically Latinx-identifying people. The organization hosts events and educational efforts directed primarily to the local downtown area. MACLA collaborates with a number of other organizations, including San José State University, the Institute for Contemporary Art, the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and San Jose Jazz, as well as a number of other arts and public organizations.


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