In 1994, we founded the Luis Cardoza y Aragon Popular Culture Center to provide classes in art, music, computer skills and English to children of Quetzaltenango from families with limited economic resources. Classes provided include art and music, creative writing, computer skills, and English. Classes take place in the building next to PLQ. Students participate in these after school classes during the academic year (January through October) and the Cultural Center also provides Vacation Classes in November.
Since 1999 ´Arte en el Campo,´ a program through the Cultural Center, benefits the children of the villages near La Escuela de la Montaña. Every Saturday children from the surrounding communities study guitar, drawing and marimba. Classes are free and allow the children to express their creativity, a human right long suppressed under the military regimes of this country. PLQ students are encouraged to volunteer on a short or long term basis at the Center or in the program.