The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts (ACFA) is a creative hub for artists and advocates alike. Connecting, teaching and strengthening our community through a holistic approach, we cultivate youth leaders committed to cultural affirmation and community transformation.
The Big Idea
The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts creates artistic dance opportunities for children and young adults. That not only helps
prepare aspiring professionals for careers in the arts, but for all participants, the discipline and creativity help cultivate their self-confidence, self-esteem and character. The Big Idea is free dance classes, with a focus on folkloric dance, augmented by lessons about the history of dance, physical education, choreography, musical theory and performance. Children learn to work as a team and are exposed to benefits of performance such as teamwork and responsibility. The nonprofit hopes to offer free classes to children of all income levels, even during these challenging times.
The Alisal Center for the Fine Arts has helped students, like myself, get out of our comfort zone by providing a second home where they can feel safe and get to interact with people to create bonds. When I first started attending guitar classes at ACFA five years ago, I was shy. The teachers were able to make me feel comfortable, which led me to open up. As I started to perform with them, I got the confidence that I never had. Now, I can do a better job at public speaking and I am open to doing different activities.
- Marlene Hernandez Martinez