On November 11, 2011, the Center of Southwest Culture celebrated it’s 20th anniversary with a gathering at 516 Arts in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Friends, family, colleagues, and community members gathered with Center of Southwest Culture staff to look back on 20 years of service to our state. Generation Justice, a project of the Center of Southwest Culture, attended the event with a crew of 15 youth producers and staff to conduct interviews and capture video, audio, and stills of the event. In this interview, Vice-President of the board Juan Abeyta talks to Youth Producer Ghadah Jawad about some of the CSC’s past projects, the CSC’s mission, and his message to youth today.
The Center of Southwest Culture, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization by President Arturo Sandoval to help develop healthy indigenous and Latino communities through economic development initiatives and educational and cultural work. CSC works primarily in the Southwestern United States and México and has raised more than $14 million for communities to use in building capacity and sustainability.