The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) celebrated its annual open house on Valentine’s Day and featured classes that you can take. For the last 27 years the 40-year-old cultural center has invited the community to visit the MCCLA for their Corazon del Barrio event.

“The MCCLA is considered the heart of the Mission,” said Leticia Paez, the center’s arts education and outreach coordinator.  “It’s an opportunity for the community to know who we are.”

The center was formed by a group of SF State students in 1977 and was opened under the name Palmeto Museum.

Zoe Rappaport a dance instructor at the center who moved from Brooklyn, New York, last year said it was the feeling of home that attracted her to the center.

“It’s got a great vibe here . . . very family-oriented,” said Rappaport.

For more about events and classes check here.