Lara de la Rosa
Lara is a formally trained biochemist-turned-philosopher that dabbles in all things creative. When she isn't writing, she is the lead pastry chef & owner of Lazy Cow Bakery. She enjoys reading to the sound of swamp noises, saving half the gum for later and correcting people.
The inspiration for Casa de Xolo came from our experience at CECUT (Centro Cultural de Tijuana) and Casa de Cultura, places that serve as a multi-purpose arts centers; from dance, music, and painting — to film and architecture.
Xoloitzcuintle is a reference Tijuana, B.C., a border town near Southern California where we call home. People there refer to Xoloitzcuintle colloquially as the “Tijuana Dog”. Xoloitzcuintle is a word in Nahuatl, which brings the word itzcuīntli, meaning “dog” together with Xolotl, the Aztec god of fire and lightning.
Our hope for the cultural center is to give voice to the grievances of marginalized groups as well as provide a space to celebrate them. We want to partner with BIPOC groups that are already doing outreach activity, invite speakers, have documentary and film screenings, offer donation-based Spanish classes, have poetry nights, and a venue space for live performances. Due to COVID-19, we have lost a lot of the small venue spaces that were previously used to help low-income artists build the underground music scene. While this loss is undoubtably regrettable, now is our chance to create a space that reflects the growing diversity of Seattle.