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

LETITIA LOPEZ

Executive Director

Sandy Rosa

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