Hispanic Arts, Culture & Education 

Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis


Our Mission 


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC) mission is to promote the excellence of the Hispanic culture through arts and educational events. One of the aspects of our mission is scholarships to support first generations of Latino youth who are college-bound or attending college.

(from left to right: Main Sponsor Margarita Flores Anheuser-Busch Co., Latin Jazz Pianist Chucho Valdez & Virginia Braxs Vice President of the Hispanic Arts Council, 2012)


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis promotes the excellence of the Hispanic culture through annual concerts of high profile Latino musicians from the U.S., Latin America or Spain, at The Sheldon Concert Hall.

Mexican artist Lila Downs with HAC Vice President Virginia Braxs & The Sheldon Executive Director Paul Reuter in 2009 Lila's concert. Sponsored by Anheuser-Bush Co.  

(From left to right back row) Recipients of the HAC 2013 John F. Garganigo Scholarship & HAC officers: President of HAC Ms. Virginia Braxs, awardees Alfredo Gomez, Anayeli Zamacona, Dr. John F. Garganigo, scholarship recipients Maria  Vallejan and Susana Rodriguez, HAC Board Member Maria Rebecchi and  scholarship recipient Norma Zamora. May 2013.


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC) is dedicated to do its part to help young underprivileged Hispanics to get a college education. In order to reach that goal, we have partnered with the Washington University Romance Languages & Literatures Department (RLL) to support the 'Puertas/Door to College Program' of the Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs. The Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs are after school programs in which WU student tutors volunteer to teach underprivileged Hispanic elementary, mid and high school students in south St. Louis -in partnership with St. Cecilia Parish.

In 2007 the HAC and the RLL at Washington Univ. created the John F. Garganigo Scholarship to benefit first generation of Latino students of the 'Puertas Program' to go to college. Since then, many students have been awarded the scholarship.

We are expanding this project with the creation of the Carlos Beltran Scholarship, in partnership with Cardinal's All Star Outfielder Mr. Carlos Beltran to assist Hispanic high school students entering college in August 2013.  


The  Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis is committed to improve access, financial aid and opportunities to education for Hispanic youth in St. Louis. In 2007, HAC partnered with Washington University in St. Louis outreach program 'Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs.' Since then, HAC has created the John F. Garganigo Scholarship to benefit the 'Puertas Program' (Door to College Program) a college prep of  WU 'Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs.'  We also have been giving the K-12 students of that program opportunities to attend performances at Circus Flora and take part of Craft Alliance & Circus Flora Summer Camp in 2013.  

In October of 2012 HAC created an educational project, Universidad YA!/College NOW!, to help Hispanic high school students to improve higher education access and readiness. Since November 2012 HAC has been giving talks and workshops in high schools and community venues in St. Louis and Illinois. In April of 2013 HAC offered the first Hispanic College Fair in Spanish in St. Louis with 10 schools in attendance and scholarship organizations, as well as workshops in Spanish for parents and students presenting the roadmap to college access in the U.S.  

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Educational demonstration of Andean music instruments and tunes to south St. Louis Latino children by Trio Chaskinakuy musicians (on the right) at The Sheldon Concert Hall in 2007.