The rendered image above is merely an illustration depicting what the building could look like. It is not a final architectural outline.
The Peace & Justice Cultural Center will be a multicultural community center complex, covering an entire city block in downtown Bakersfield, which will draw tourists and revitalize small businesses in the area. The Dolores Huerta Foundation has chosen to locate the Peace and Justice cultural center in downtown Bakersfield as part of it’s long-term commitment to revitalize the Eye St. Corridor. The Self Help Federal Credit Union — with locations throughout California, Illinois and Wisconsin — creates and protects ownership and economic opportunity for all by lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices. Their Bakersfield branch will be built adjacent to the Peace & Justice Cultural Center and their partnership with the Dolores Huerta Foundation will be strengthened.
In addition to serving as the headquarters for the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Peace & Justice Cultural Center will include:
– A Youth center for empowerment and leadership development programs
– A preschool for early childhood development integrating parent empowerment
– A cultural center honoring those who contributed to the rich history and economy of the Central Valley (Native Americans, Dust Bowl settlers, Arabs, Chinese, Japanese, African Americans, Filipinos and Latinos)
– An Auditorium and outdoor event center for cultural & community events as well as meeting spaces for local organizations
– And the Dolores Huerta Foundation offices and the Dolores Huerta Organizing Leadership Academy
“We are excited about building a permanent home for DHF as well as other non-profit organizational activities. We will expand our programming and increase the number of people we serve.”
– Camila Chavez
Executive Director of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
“The creation of the Dolores Huerta Peace and Justice Cultural Center will serve as a symbol of peace and positive change for generations to come. This historic investment in our community will help in the pursuit of justice, peace, cultural competency and lasting positive change for all Californian families.”