The Cultural Coalition, Inc. began as a grass roots organization of artists and community activists in the summer of 1996. Our goal : to develop innovative ways to address important social issues while encouraging the participation of organizations, schools, and individuals in the creation of neighborhood arts programs.
We became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in April of 2000.
Cultural Coalition, Inc. has been successful in creating and producing six annual anti-violence marches and cultural festivals. Among them, La Procesión, based on the theme of the Day of the Dead celebrations in downtown Phoenix, has been performed yearly since 1997. We have also been the proud producers and presenters of La Pastorela (1999- 2001 & 2004-08), as well as Que Pasion! (2003), and DeGrazia: the Impossible Eccentric (2005). These projects are the result of our ongoing engagement of community and sponsoring partners.
In the Fall of 2008 and 2009 we presented La Calaca Cabaret a showcase of local artists and their interpretations of Dia de Los Muertos in a multi-disciplinary stage production including music, dance, storytelling and theater. La Calaca Cabaret was enjoyed by audiences at the Herberger Theater, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Mesa Arts Center.
In 2010 Cultural Coalition presented a Performing Theater Series during Third Fridays at the then recently inaugurated Arizona Latino Arts & Culture Consortium (ALAC) in downtown Phoenix.
In 2011 we presented El Dia de La Raza (October 17th, 2011) in Maryvale, West Phoenix, the most densely populated Latino area in the city. During the 2011 CALA Festival, we developed new performances such “La Llorona”, “El Paseo”, “Tonantzin & Guadalupe” and “The Flight of Quetzalcoatl” in partnerships with Yollo Incuauhtli Aztec Dancers, Primavera Ballet Folklórico Company, Opendance and Ollin Yoliztli Ballet Folklórico. These original performances have been presented at venues across the valley, among them the Desert Botanical Garden, The Heard Museum, and Xico in Chandler.
In 2012, we partnered with the CALA Alliance to produce the 1st Annual Dia de Los Muertos Festival at Margaret Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. The 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos PHX Festival took place on October 27, 2013 at the Park [see our video recap].
We are now actively looking for funding and partners to continue this festival tradition by presenting the 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos PHX Festival on Sunday, October 26th, 2014. Looking forward to seeing you there!