Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Our History

Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center was founded in 1989 by Daisy Rivera and the combined efforts of the Cultural Educational Institute for Boricua Advancement (CEIBA) and the Hispanic Parents Union. These organizations united to realize a long time dream of establishing a family oriented center to serve the Latino youth and their families through programs and activities designed to foster cultural pride and art appreciation. 

Our inspiration

Julia de Burgos

 Julia de Burgos, the poet, the educator, the activist, the feminist, the woman! Yet the greatest gift to us was her life itself- our inspiration! As many renowned scholars assert, her life was the masterpiece of her work. She did not write for her time, but for the readers of the future. 

Her strength, individualism, her love, her loyalty for “La Nación”, the culture, the people, and her sense of justice for ALL people is evident in her work. Her sense of justice and freedom and her work towards that goal makes her Julia of all! 

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Leadership Team

Letitia Lopez


Executive Director

Sandy Rosa


Executive Assistant

Parent / Volunteer Committee

Gilberto Peña

Mary De Jesus

Lydia Torres-Diaz

Mary Luz Vazquez

Mileydy Lopez

Melissa & Danny Aponte

Gerardo Colon Jr.

Christina Rodriguez

Board of Trustees

​Madeline Corchado​, President ​​

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

Mariely Luengo, Vice President

Goldsmith Family Fund

Yarimilka Rodriguez, Secretary

Cleveland Public Library​

Daisy Diaz

Podiatrist, Trustee

R.L. Render

Cleveland Public Library, Activist, Trustee

Maria Ritchie

CareSource, Trustee

Jazmin Torres-Lugo

Cleveland Municipal Judge, Trustee

Hilda Abreu

 Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Trustee

Robert Kunkle Jr.
Teacher, Trustee

Lydia Torres-Diaz

PNC Bank, Trustee