Since 1987, the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center has consistently advocated for social justice, organized gente around key issues, built bridges between diverse communities, presented inspiring arts programs, and worked to preserve our city’s rich cultural heritage.
As we celebrate 35 years, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to support the ongoing work of the Esperanza, so that we can continue this important work together!
As a cultural organization focused on movement-building, in-person gatherings and personal relationships have always been central to our work. The past 3 years of COVID have served to underscore the value of bringing people together in communal spaces more than ever. Having returned to in-person programming in 2022, we continue to take COVID safety very seriously. And we hope to see you in-person in the coming year!
Some highlights from 2022 include:
Teatro Esperanza – Facilitated by writer and performer Marisela Barrera, Teatro Esperanza is a group of mujerista teatristas who meet regularly to write and perform original performance pieces reflecting their lived experiences. Over the last two years, this project helped to develop the voices of emerging women writers and performers – including work with actor and project co-founder Tony Plana.
Housing Justice on the Westside– Esperanza continued to fight gentrification and displacement on the Westside of San Antonio. In 2022, Esperanza joined with the Historic Westside Residents Association and Domésticas Unidas to create the Housing Justice Coalition. In the coming year, the Coalition plans to hire and train a team of 10-20 neighborhood-based Promotoras who will conduct home visits with Westside families, survey the neighborhood, assess the needs of the community, advocate for increased access to affordable housing, and work to prevent forced evictions and displacement.
Museo del Westside–We look forward to inviting you to the grand opening of the Museo del Westside in 2023. Esperanza broke ground on the Museo in March of 2022. The project includes renovations to Ruben’s Ice House and the construction of an adobe addition to the space. The first in-person exhibition at the Museo del Westside is currently scheduled for May 2023. A team of researchers has worked to curate the Museo’s first exhibition, Historias del Westside, which will be a survey of Westside history.
Let’s Keep Moving Forward Together!
The Esperanza is proud to be funded by our community.
As a community-based, movement-building organization,
it takes all of us coming together to sustain our vision!
Your gift of $20, $50, $100 or more allows the Esperanza to continue working for social change and cultural preservation in San Antonio and beyond.
The Staff, Conjunto, and Buena Gente of Esperanza