With around 49,702 Cubans, Los Angeles area is one of the most important centers of Cuban culture and heritage in the US. With a historical base in Echo Park, Cuban-Californians are proud of their ancestry, as well as of the state, county, and city that has become their home.
The exhibit shows approximately 40 posters produced between 1960 and 2009 by the ICAIC (Instituto del Arte y la Industria Cinematográfica). The posters were designed to promote U.S. films with an interesting and unique style. Read more: http://pmcaonline.org/exhibitions/hollywood-in-havana
The Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies is located in the Doheny Memorial Library. It serves as a link for the collections in the University Libraries and the faculty and students in the areas of Iberian, Latin American and Chicano and Latino studies. It includes several reference collections such as books, photographs and historical documents included in the Lorente Cuban and Cuban Exile Studies Collection and the Cuban California Archive.
The festival commemorates Cuba’s independence from Spain on May 2, 1902. It started in 1993 and every year it celebrates Cuban heritage with music, food, and art.
Thousands of Cuban exiles moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s and settle in Echo Park. As the communities grew, businesses began to open and so did political and social clubs. Echo Park has served as a place for rallying and demonstrations for the anti-Castro community. In 1976, the city of Los Angeles created the José Martí Plaza or Square in the intersection of Park Avenue and Echo Park Avenue. A bust of José Martí was created by sculptor Sergio López-Mesa and placed in the square. José Martí was a writer and revolutionary, considered a hero by the Cuban community inside and outside the island.