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.
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!
Madeline Corchado, Board Chair
Step Forward, Vice President of Human Resources
R.L. Render, Co-Chair
Recording Secretary, City of Cleveland Fair Housing Board Ward 6-T Precinct Committeeman/Community Activist
Kirby Suntala, Secretary
Cleveland Foundation, Grants Manager
Angela Graves, Trustee
Step Forward, Director of Communications and Outreach
Alicia Love, Trustee
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Stephen Jakubowski, Trustee
Fahlgren Mortine, Senior Brand Strategist
Mario Ornelas, Trustee
Becton Dickson, Customer Success Executive
George Phillips Olivie, Trustee
Step Forward, Sr. Director of Support Services
Yarimilka Rodriguez, Trustee
Cleveland Public Library, Human Resources Coordinator