School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San José, CA 95116
Just 2 miles from downtown towards the East Side hills is the School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. The School is a cultural facility rich with art and history dating back to Caesar Chavez’ original Grape Boycott. The school focuses on creating art and inspiring culture through providing cultural arts programs to the Mayfair community and beyond in order to narrow the opportunity gap in arts education and learning as well as nurture the joy, creativity and well-being of our children and unleash the talent of our next generation of students, leaders, artists and consumers of culture.
East Side San José (ESSJ)
East Side San José, also known as “ESSJ” or “East Side,” is a cultural hub that is richly reflective of Mexican, Portuguese and Vietnamese culture. The vibrancy can be found in the landscape in which these cultures have built for their communities with cultural centers, art, artifacts and plazas that stretch off the Alum Rock Business District to Little Portugal on Alum Rock Avenue, the Tropicana Center and Vietnam Town on Story Road, and Lion Plaza off Tully Road.