Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Facebook Question: What gift(s) would you like to receive for contributing?

I asked another question, hoping to gain knowledge to help us grow. Hope you can answer.

"We are raising funds to grow LatinoLA! What gift(s) would you like to receive for contributing? For instance: "For $25 or more, you receive a LatinoLA t-shirt" or "For $1 or more, you get our sincere thanks!"

Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LatinoLA/19824064298

It's all leading up to our Kickstarter fundraising campaign. I'd like to be farther along with it, but it takes not having a great idea of using our friends and readers to know more about our growth, but it also needs networking, organizational and tactical skills to get it done right. Whew!

Friday, February 24, 2012

At the Mexican Cultural Institute

Located in the birthplace of L.A., El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, the Mexican Cultural Institute is a hidden gem where local and internationally-known painters, sculptors and photographers showcase their work to crowds of tourists and locals who visit Olvera Street.

It's also is a venue for musicians, dancers, authors, poets, historians and others who have something to share and knowledge to drop about la cultura Mexicana. It's where I spend a lot of time. I'm the executive director, a volunteer position.

Here is a photo from tonight's Dia de la Bandera / Dia del Chilango event, which included music, the opening of "El D.F. in L.A." exhibit and lots of platica about the upcoming elections in Mexico and the struggle of immigrant Mexicans for their right to vote.

The exhibit continues until April 1. Gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Drop a $1 in the box, por favor.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Innovation

A long, long time ago, I received an email from Politico, (not the Arlington, VA-based political info powerhouse, but an email developed by James A. Garcia that listed updates on Latino-oriented political issues and personalities). I don't know how I got on the list, but was glad to receive it.

Pretty cool...something I was interested it, sent over to my very own inbox.

Something else I was interested in at the time were the Latino-oriented events taking place in L.A. (Still am).

There was a small column in the L.A. Weekly that featured Latino events and scattered announcements in the L.A. Times. I'd pick up flyers and postcards from events I'd attend. But all that info in one easy-to-access place? No go.

I gathered the clippings, postcards, flyers, etc., listed them chronologically on an email, and sent it to a few friend and colleagues whose email address I got from their business cards.

That was the genesis of LatinoLA.com.

And the innovation continues. Let me know what YOU'D like to experience online.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Facebook Question: How has LatinoLA been a part of your life?

Have you liked LatinoLA's Facebook page yet? Click here and join in the fun. It features every article and event that's posted on LatinoLA, plus links to articles, videos and more published on other sites, as well as postings by friends and colleagues who have items they want to share.

On Monday, I posted a question: How has LatinoLA been a part of your life? Kind of hokey, yes, but we've gotten a pretty good response.

If you haven't participated yet, please do so. If you have, enjoy the responses.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On Board with Latino Consultants and LatinoFoodie

I've been friends and colleagues with Sara and Ara at Latino Consultants for many years and I go to them for assistance and advice on a regular basis. Today, I met with them in their offices in Pasadena for their input and advice on LatinoLA's next stage.

They were pretty enthusiastic and had some great ideas on raising awareness and engaging people. Plus, they turned me on to one of their clients, Nevarez Vineyards, a Latino-owned winery in Paso Robles that helps out a lot of local nonprofits with wine-tastings and donations.

Here's a vintage interview with founder Juan Nevarez to whet your palate.

On the way home, I spoke with Stephen Chavez, co-founder and editor of LatinoFoodie, a really cool blog that features recipes and culture. They've posted a few of their articles on LatinoLA and we're looking forward to posting more.

¡Salud!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Working on LatinoLA's Next Stage

Since 1999, I've been posting articles and events on LatinoLA.com. Longtime readers have noticed occasional changes in design and technology, but they've been released few and far between. It's still a pretty simple site with a profound premise: an uncensored place where everyday people, especially English-speaking Latinos, can express their voices, lives and souls.

Now, a team that includes co-founder Richard Koffler, members of our Advisory Board and Sensis Agency are working on major changes. I'll be writing about them in the days, weeks and months to come. Every now and then, I'll ask for your comments on how we're doing.

We're also doing fundraising to help us as we move forward on this. We'll be using Kickstarter as our crowd-funding platform. I'll be letting you know how you can help, soon.

- Abelardo