Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, Inc.

Marina Castro


OCCA Executive Board & Committee Chairs

I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time - that was Oak Cliff 1985 to present.  I wasn't alone. There were others with the same passion for the arts. It was somewhat of a renaissance that spoke of the need for a cultural center for a growing population and flourishing arts community.  When given the chance to work towards establishing a cultural center, we jumped on board, promoting Oak Cliff as the ideal place to build it.  Eventually, the Latino Cultural Center was built downtown, the Ice House became a City sponsored arts center, soon followed by the Oak Cliff Cultural Center.  OCCA has been active for over twenty years bringing art and cultural programs to the community.  I'm grateful and honored to still be at the forefront of many, many lasting traditions and many more to come.

Jr. Huerta

Vice President

Yvette Avila


Tony Hinojosa, Jr.‚Äč


Sylvana Avila Alonzo

OCCA Founding Member

Marta Salazar


Ofelia Faz-Garza, Chair

Biblioteca de OCCA

Maria H. Ramirez


Mexican American Studies