Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center
The Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center (SQACC) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit Latino art organization founded in 1996 by members of the Mexican American community to support the artistic expressions of the local Latino community. The Center is named after Sofia Quintero, a daughter of migrant farm workers who settled in the Toledo area. In her short life, Sofia was the first Latina to be elected to the Toledo Board of Education, and she was then elected President of the Board. Her life was cut short by illness but her joy of her culture and her determination continues through the efforts of the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, its board members, and active community members.
To nurture and enhance the creative abilities of all people through an emphasis on Latina and Latino art and culture. The Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center serves as an oasis for neighborhood residents and local artists.
- Arts are important to neighborhood and society.
- Education is a key component to individual, personal transformation and self-empowerment.
- Personal investment and professional excellence are important tools of society.
- Promoting the appreciation of cultural diversity and universal tolerance is necessary.
- Community development and social equity in Latina and Latino neighborhoods, our city, our region, our country, and the globe is one way to exhibit these core beliefs.