Expressiones Cultural Center Inc. was founded in 2001 by Guido Garaycochea, an artist born and educated in Peru, and Jose Garaycochea-Ulloa, a civil engineer who was also educated as an arts administrator in his native country of Chile. Expressiones had been in existence as a for-profit art gallery from 2001 until 2009. Expressiones then applied for and, effective September 10, 2009, was granted status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Cultural Center is located in downtown New London, Connecticut, where it features space for an art gallery, a working artist’s studio, and space for both children and adult classes. Since its establishment, Expressiones has offered a wide variety of bilingual programs (almost all of which are free to the community): children’s art classes, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, language classes for all levels (Spanish and English as a Second Language), poetry & play readings, film festivals and the artist-in-residence exchange program. These programs are intended to bring better understanding and appreciation between the Latino and non-Latino Cultures. Its community outreach work has reflected and carried out its mission of serving the less-privileged population of Southeastern CT, including Spanish speaking children and low-income families.
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit