El Zòcalo (EZ) – Spanish for “town square,” is the Alley Theatre’s cornerstone community engagement program. El Zócalo was created to fill a void by creating Hispanic programming inspired by Houston’s rich Hispanic legacies. The Theatre is creating and maintaining collaborative opportunities for Hispanic artists and community members to share their stories, explore their heritage and form meaningful connections that bridge the class and cultural divide that often exists between separate “neighborhoods.”
In its fifth year, El Zócalo has already seen immense growth and impact. The Alley is committed to the following long-range action steps.
• Continue to deepen long-term relationships with Houston’s Hispanic community members.
• Facilitate more programming in primarily Hispanic neighborhoods and schools, as well as on our stages.
• Promote Spanish Language Justice efforts throughout the organization and artistic endeavors.
• Increase the number of Hispanic stakeholders that guide the Theatre’s program planning, including guidance for an informed artistic product.
• Create entry points inside and outside our Theatre that strengthen our whole community through best collaborative community practices.