The Mission: of HCCI is to improve the quality of life for all people as well as to recognize, celebrate, and preserve Latino arts, heritage, culture and values. The organization acts as a cultural bridge between the Hispanic (Latino) population and the community at large. Part of the vision is to develop cultural pride and leadership among Hispanic (Latino) youth in effort to motivate them to make better choices in life.
Brief History: In 1995 the Idaho Commission of Hispanic Affairs retained Planmakers to prepare feasibility studies for the creation of a Cultural Center in Idaho for the growing Hispanic population. The studies were sponsored by The Idaho Commission on the Arts and helped determine the needs and steps necessary to implement the Center. HCCI was incorporated in May of 1977, and received its 501(c) (3) non-profit status in April 1998. It functioned as a center without walls until a 33,000 square foot building opened its doors in September 2003.
By supporting the arts, will help to discover, excercise our capabilities. Together we can make a difference, by participating in the programs and events that the HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER offers to our community.
The HCCI conducts after-school programs that focus on art and cultural traditions, personal development, Socio-Economic Development, Educational Workshops for Better Health (through Cooking Classes) and Educational Attainment. Partnerships with different performing arts, cultural and social organizations have allowed the HCCI to establish continuous programs year after year.
Your generous contribution of time and funds will support a vibrant and thriving center that proudly represents the heritage of our great Hispanic community.
The Latino Future Leaders of Idaho (Youth) Objective, is to be an ongoing program that will provide Socio-Economic Development Skills that will encourage and help prepare the L. F. L. I. participants further their Education and this program will provide them with skills that will help them be successful.
Hispanic Cultural Center, offers a meeting place for sharing information, knowledge, and the inclusion where the promotion of social, personal, and cultural change is done through the arts and culture.
HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER OF IDAHO
The volunteers at the Hispanic Cultural Center play a key role in the public events and daily operations of the Center.
Latinos Continue to Fight Racism in Idaho
The fight for LGBT rights in Idaho is the latest in a half-century struggle for state protection from discrimination and bigotry. From small towns to major cities to the legislative chambers, racism in Idaho has certainly been a long struggle for the growing Hispanic community, which now comprises 11.5 percent of the state’s population. In a recent Idaho Statesman editorial, nationally renowned and respected constitutional historian David Adler took Idaho’s political leadership to task for tolerating bigotry and racism. He challenged Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter to recognize it as a serious problem and address it in his 2014 State of the State speech.