Plaza de la Raza was founded by prominent labor, business and community leaders and local residents originally in response to plans by the City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Commission to demolish Lincoln Park’s historic boathouse. Margo Albert, Mexican-born actress/singer and Frank López, a well-known labor union organizer, spearheaded the efforts to find alternatives to the boathouse’s destruction and proved to be the guiding lights in the formation of Plaza as a community-based cultural arts and education center. It officially became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on May 20, 1970.
Situated in the heart of East Los Angeles in Lincoln Park, Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center for the Arts and Education is the only multidisciplinary venue of its kind in Los Angeles. Plaza is a focus of activity, a popular meeting place for its neighboring communities, and a regional center for the five million Angelenos of Mexican and Latin American descent. It is a truly a “Place for all People.”