The mission of Palenke Arts is to educate, inspire and transform the community through the arts.
The Big Idea
Palenke Arts is a vibrant and inclusive multicultural arts center in Seaside offering free and low-cost arts-based classes and events to youth and families of color who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Offerings include hip-hop, salsa and Mexican folklórico dance; piano, choral singing, Latin jazz and West African drumming; and visual arts and film. Additionally, they host monthly community events and performances featuring performers from Morocco, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil and Iran. The organization prides itself on being a safe space where creativity, inspiration and artistic expression become the catalyst for community transformation. In 2019 they were recognized as Monterey County’s Nonprofit of the Year in the Arts, and then due to the pandemic, they had to cancel all of their in-person classes and events and switch to virtual delivery. For now, they are working on providing their families with transformative art and music experiences delivered in a virtual and individualized format.
Palenke is a very important part of my life and my daughter's. She loves to sing and every Monday she will ask, “Mom, how many more days until Wednesday?” She will count down the days because she is always looking forward for it to be Wednesday to be in her singing class. I am so proud of Mr. Juan and all the efforts that he puts into helping all the kids fulfill their big dreams in life. I will support in all I can to keep Palenke growing and strong.
- Angélica Aguilar