The featured organization this month is the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. Its mission is to serve as a community beacon for the preservation, development, promotion, and celebration of the Hispanic arts, culture, heritage, and values. Better known in the community as “Centro,” it was founded by five San Marcos women, Lupe Costilla, Gloria Salazar, Dr. Rosina Ruiz Valle, Ofelia Vasquez-Philo, and Margie Villalpando. They wanted to create a "living" museum that would celebrate our community’s heritage, history, and diversity. With a desire to preserve the stories of local families, to cultivate a passion for the arts and to represent the Hispanic past, present, and future of San Marcos and Texas, Centro is a monument of these efforts. Centro opened its doors in September 2010, and quickly become a vital part of the community. Located at the heart of one of the first Mexican American "barrios" of San Marcos, Centro provides a unique space for people to learn about or share their Hispanic Heritage and to participate in our public programs, classes, and events. As a non-profit community-serving organization, they strive to make a positive impact on the lives of the people of San Marcos. The cultural center is made up of four components: an art gallery, a library, a museum, and the programs that make Centro such an active and lively place. Centro's programs and educational curriculum include the visual arts, theater, dance, literature, music, multimedia, and the culinary arts. They offer a wide range of educational classes and interactive events for children, adults, families, and diverse audiences throughout the year. Art Squared Arts Market is honored to recognize the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos as its featured community organization for the month of June. Be sure to stop by their booth to learn more and support their many fine programs.