Who we are
Latino Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to bringing cultural awareness, artistic educational experiences, and high quality programming to the Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin community, as well as to a global audience through our virtual programming featuring Hispanic artists from throughout the world. Latino Arts is located in the heart of Milwaukee's near south side, a vibrant neighborhood that is home to many of the metropolitan area's more than 100,000 Hispanic residents.
As the only Wisconsin fine arts institution dedicated exclusively to showcasing the works of Hispanic and Latinx artists, Latino Arts, Inc. provides high-quality low-cost and accessible arts programming. Latino Arts is committed to reaching beyond its south side Milwaukee neighborhood to share the rich cultural heritage of the Hispanic community with a diverse, global audience.
The mission of Latino Arts is:
• To strengthen and preserve the cultural heritage of the diverse Hispanic community in Milwaukee and
• To increase cultural awareness and diversity by offering performances, exhibits and education in the areas ofmusic, visual arts, dance, and literature to the greater Milwaukee community.
Meet our Managing Artistic Director, Jacobo Lovo
As the Managing Artistic Director of Latino Arts, Inc., Jacobo works closely with UCC's marketing team, leading Latino Arts, Inc., a separate 501 c3 non-profit organization located within UCC. In this role he continues to advocate for the arts through collaborations with other arts organizations and developing community focused educational and cultural programming.
Jacobo believes in the positive impact the arts have on our quality of life and strongly believes the arts play a crucial role in strengthening Milwaukee's economic vitality and competitiveness in developing and attracting talent locally, nationally and internationally.
Jacobo has been affiliated with UCC for 20 years, 16 years as an arts educator at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School and the rest leading Latino Arts, Inc.
The Latino Arts facilities include:
- The Latino Arts Auditorium, a 350-seat multi-purpose auditorium
- The Latino Arts Gallery, a modern 3,000 square-foot art gallery
- The Hispanic Heritage Center, a permanent multi-media exhibition chronicling the history of the Latino community in Milwaukee
- Fully accessible auditorium, art gallery, entrances, seating, and restrooms
Our 33-year history is one of connection and inspiration to Milwaukee’s south-side Hispanic neighborhood and beyond. We have proudly curated and hosted acclaimed performing Latino artists, captivating cultural arts exhibitions and educational opportunities, ensuring community members of all backgrounds feel welcomed to our events and helping to build bridges between a diverse community.
Meet the Board
Raúl Galván, Ph.D. - Board Chair| Community Volunteer
Ms. Maria López Vento - Board Vice-Chair| Bader Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Marisol Coriano - Board Secretary | Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Ms. Laura Gutiérrez - Board Treasurer | United Community Center
Ms. Marlene Castillo | Johnson Bank
Ms. Maira Gavioli |Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Dr. Laura Matthew, Ph.D. |Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Marquette University
Atty. Michael Reyes | Flores & Reyes Law Offices
Ms. Marsha Sehler | Community Volunteer