Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Resource Center of the Americas

Address: 3019 Minnehaha Avenue
Neighborhood/s: Longfellow, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hennepin County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States

Longfellow Minneapolis Hennepin

Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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If one adjective accurately describes the Resource Center of the Americas (RCTA), it is grassroots. The organization began in the 1980s, educating and advocating on issues that connected the United States with Latin America. That mission gradually expanded to include issues facing local Latino communities. In 1999, the RCTA moved into its current Lake Street home, making its services accessible to neighborhood Latino populations. As former RCTA director Pam Costain put it, "We had worked on issues related to Latin America for a decade, and then Latin America came here".”

The Mosaic of the Americas was created by over 200 volunteers, 4 Mexican artists, and American Latino artists, led by Gustavo Lira. They worked in a giant rented studio on Minnehaha Ave where they cut and painted a life-sized cardboard model of the mosaic. The mosaic helped reclaim Minnehaha and Lake Street, as the Resource Center worked to close an adjacent sauna and to have unwanted billboards and advertisements removed. The resulting work represents the connections between the United States and Latin America.

The Board of Directors of the Resource Center of the Americas announced on August 16, 2007 that it would have to cease operations due to continuing and insurmountable financial challenges.” The Resource Center closed, but it will be continuing its commitments to issues in the Americas and immigrant rights on a volunteer basis.


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Related Links

Resource Center of the Americas Press Release Announcing Closing
Progressive Technology Project
Twin Cities Daily Planet Article About the Closing


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