LASA receives second Hillman Foundation grant

August 16, 2022

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is pleased to announce that it has received a second grant from the Hillman Foundation toward the establishment of the Latin American Cultural Center. This grant is for $125,000. 

The Latin American Cultural Center (LACC) will provide an opportunity to share the expertise, experience, and collections of LASA members with the wider community. The mission of LACC is to celebrate Latin America through compelling programs dedicated to fostering a heightened understanding and appreciation for Latin American arts, history, and culture. LACC includes a museum that offers on-sight and virtual exhibits about the geography, history, society, culture, and arts of Latin America and the Caribbean. A well-equipped auditorium provides a space for the presentation of lectures, performances, and film series.

This second grant from the Hillman Foundation enables LACC to use its Grand Gallery to present special exhibits relating to Latin America’s peoples and arts. At its public Grand Opening on September 20, 2022, LACC will present the special exhibit, Maya Spirituality: Indigenous Paintings 1957-2020. This exhibit of paintings and objects created by Maya artists reflects the enduring nature of this culture with a focus on spirituality. These works portray the ways in which religious beliefs guide everyday life and healing, the traditional forms of dress worn, how the ancient Maya calendrical system still influences healing ceremonies, and the many ways in which historical beliefs and traditions have been melded with those introduced by the Spanish.

“The Hillman Foundation grants are especially significant because they have enabled LACC to make the needed renovations and investments to turn this beautiful building into a museum and events center that focuses on the significance and importance of Latin America and its peoples. The pandemic has made it an especially challenging time to raise funds to open a new cultural amenity for the region. We are, however, excited to be able to move forward with this project.”

Dr. Milagros Pereyra-Rojas
Executive Director of LASA

“Henry Hillman often remarked that it was important for the vitality of the Pittsburgh region that it emphasize its linkages with the world. The initiative of LASA in creating the Latin American Cultural Center is especially significant in this regard.”

David K. Roger
President of the Hillman Foundation

The beautifully renovated Latin American Cultural Center will open to the public on September 20, 2022.

For more information contact: 
Sandra Budd

About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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