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Our Mission

Latino Arts, Culture and Education will strive to develop and engage the community in the areas of arts, culture and education through access to information and creative programming for the community.

For more information, please contact us at info@whatiflace.org

Our Team

We have embarked in a beautiful and altruistic mission, and successful results cannot be achieved without the help of an amazing team.

Arlette de la Serna

Research & Arts Program Developer

Arlette de la Serna, is an experienced Curator with a demonstrated history of working in the fine art industry. Skilled in Curatorial Projects, Contemporary Art, Printmaking, Art Education, and Museums. Strong arts and design professional graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is 100% bilingual and she brings her portfolio of skills to our field working with our researchers to provide with an expert perspective to our projects since the year 2017. Arlette also has strong expertise working with editorial content and marketing strategy.

Larissa Davila

Community Outreach

Davila was born in Laredo, Texas. She arrived to Austin, Texas in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Management from Texas  A&M International University and she completed an Internal ISO Auditor certification in Vancouver, Canada from PENTA Academy in 2007. She likes to invest her time helping non-profits focused in education, culture and literature. Davila has co-founded two thriving arts 501(c)3’s already and she serves in the Board of Directors of Amhiga Hispana, a non-profit to empower Hispanic women. She owns a business consulting firm and has worked with renown corporations like FedEx Ground and Sony.

Marcela de Stefano

Cultural Integration Developer

Marcela de Stefano is from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, and he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been living in the Central Texas area for over 10 years and has worked with diverse organizations that support women development and she is very artistic. Her focus is in civic engagment and community integration. She thinks it is important to work with our local communities because it is not only a privilege, but also a responsability actively work on our community, we have to improve the world that we will leave to our children, according to Marcela every age is the right age to begin.

Veronica Rivera-Negron

Education Programs Developer

Born and raised in Naranjito, Puerto Rico. In 2014, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Theater from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She continued her education with a Masters of Fine Arts in Performance as Public Practice from The University of Texas at Austin.
She has developed a skill and passion for the administrative side of the arts and focused her expertise in conference programming, event organizing, performance showcase curation, marketing, funding, education, and community outreach for arts and cultural organizations.

Our Consultants

Martha P. Cotera


Martha P. Cotera is a librarian, writer, and influential activist. Her two most notable works are Diosa y Hembra: The History and Heritage of Chicanas in the U.S. and The Chicana Feminist. Cotera was one of six women featured in a documentary, Las Mujeres de la Caucus Chicana. She was also a librarian in El Paso, Texas, director of documents and information in the Texas State Library, director of Southwest Educational Development. In 1964 she and other Texas educators formed TEAMS (Texans for Educational Advancement for Mexican Americans). Helped found the Jacinto Trevino College with the Antioch College Graduate School of Education (Later Juarez-Lincoln University). Also headed the Crystal City Memorial Library. She founded the non-profit Chicana Research and Learning Center in Austin, Texas. This information and research center helped to find grant money for research and community projects, with an emphasis on women of color. She also worked as a special staff consultant with the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas. She is one of the subjects of Sylvia Morales’ A CRUSHING LOVE, the sequel to CHICANA.

Cristina Cruz Terrazas


Maria Cristina Cruz, born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, México, career teacher and social worker, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and a Masters Degree in Gestalt Psychotherapy. She has professionally developed as a catedratic and participated in research and cultural promoting programs and art history. She has also been a leader in programs for youth and children at the San Carlos Museum and San Idelfonso Museum in Mexico with the exposition “Mexico Explendores de Treinta Siglos.” She currently lives in Austin, Texas improving her English and she volunteers her time with various organization to continue promoting the arts.
Cristina enjoys blogging about art history and current art events in the area.

Marcela Rodríguez

Blog Collaborator

Born in Colombia, Marcela Rodríguez lived in México for seven years and currently living in the United States. She is a plastic and visual artist, educationalist in plastic and visual arts with an understanding in expression languages. She uses drawing, painting, photography and mixed media as her means of expression, applying observation, interiorization, and critical pondering to build and create aesthetic compositions in themes of personal and collective interest.

Rodríguez has vast experience in research, design, development and educational project management in plastic and visual arts, music and theater. She is a professional in the public and private sector with relationship to communication mechanisms, dialogue and cooperation within a professional environment including arts, cultural politics and culture in general.

Modesta Treviño


Modesta Barbina Trevino was a teacher for 27 years and has, over the years, become an education rights activist. She went to school at Sivala, Allen Junior High, and Johnston. She got to teach, in Austin, at one of the first bilingual schools, called Sanchez, who was the founder of bilingual education. She first started teaching at Allen, when they did desegregation.

She is also an art curator and currently works with Nuestro Grupo and La Academia Cuauhtli.