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History & Accomplishments

FolkloricoThe Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC) was founded in 1978 by a group of visual and performing artists. The organization was established as a place where Chicano/Latino artists were provided with a venue to explore visual and performance art and promote and preserve the Chicano/Latino culture through the expression of the arts.

  • In 1984 CHAC sponsored a successful Cinco de Mayo celebration and street fair in collaboration with the Downtown Denver Partnership. CHAC received an award for Excellence in the Arts award from the partnership and the City of Denver.
  • CHAC brought one of the first El Dia de Los Muertos to Denver, and has been a primary sponsor each year.
  • In 1992, CHAC originated the Chile Harvest Festival, featuring Spanish Colonial and regional folk art. In 1995, Westword magazine designated the festival “Best Arts Festival” in Denver.
  • In 1994, CHAC was selected to administer the Cultural Perspectives public art project at Denver International Airport.
  • In 1997, CHAC opened a gallery on Santa Fe Drive in Denver’s Westside realizing a lifelong dream of it’s founders and members to have a cultural center that would not only display art, but create space for arts education.
  • In 2002 CHAC completed and dedicated the Art Mural Project (Cultural Perspectives) “LA Memoria de Neustra Tierra” at Denver International Airport created by Los Angeles artist Judith Baca. The Mural was dedicated along with “Mile High and Rising” by artist Marcus Akinlana, administered by ULOZI (Swahili for Black Art).
  • In 2002, CHAC was the Recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
  • In 2003 CHAC collaborated with Denver Botanic Gardens to produce the first Chile Harvest Festival since 1998.
  • In May of 2004 CHAC and the Executive Director were presented with the “Embrace the World Awards” by Global Visions Art Alliance at a concert produced by KC Porter.
  • The Rocky Mountain News recognized CHAC in July 2004 as one of Denver’s Top 25 forces of Culture.