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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes to Open in Mid-April

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Billing itself as L.A.'s first Mexican American Cultural Center, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will open its doors on April 16, 2011. The center, which is located downtown on Main Street across from Olvera Street, encompasses 2.2 acres, including 30,000 square feet of garden and the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House. It's stated mission is to celebrate the influence of Mexican and Mexican American culture on Los Angeles and Southern California.

According to a statement released by the center today, the inaugural exhibition will be called LA Starts Here!:

LA Starts Here!, the first of its kind in scope and stance, reveals the essential, often overlooked role of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the founding and shaping of Los Angeles’ history and culture, from the city’s founding in 1781 to the present.

LA Plaza is a nonprofit, and will be overseen by LA County as part of the LA County Arts Family, which also includes LACMA, the Natural History Museum and the Music Center