Education, Arts and Culture


Focus: The Foundation's goal in the area of Education, Arts and Culture is to inspire as many individuals as possible to adopt Cesar as an influential role model and to incorporate his values and principles in their own lives for personal empowerment and success.
Need: Cesar was a man of the people and as such, his life story, work, and principles, largely reside in the hearts and minds of the people who stood and worked with him.To carry on his legacy for future generations, the Foundation recognizes that it is imperative to record and archive this compelling history and incorporate it into various mediums that will best reach current and future generations.
ProgramsThe Foundation is currently engaged in a number of educational and arts-related projects that reach a variety of audiences on a number of different substantive levels.

The Cesar E. Chavez Memorial and Visitor Center , in 2004 the Foundation successfully completed and opened the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial and Visitor Center, the first of three facilities that ultimately will comprise the National Chavez Center at Nuestra Senora Reina de La Paz.The Chavez Memorial, surrounding Cesar's gravesite, includes statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Francis of Assisi, a march sculpture and a floor mosaic forming the UFW's Aztec-style eagle.The Visitor Center includes a replica of Cesar's office and library, a theater, a photo exhibit, a replica of housing from a rundown farm labor camp and a gift shop.

The Cesar E. Chavez Retreat Center , the second phase of the National Chavez Center, will offer students, educators, nonprofit and community groups, businesses, and other interested organizations a facility in which to withdraw for meditation, study, or instruction.The retreat center, which will feature ancillary food and lodging facilities, will also offer comprehensive instruction on Cesar's philosophies on a variety of subjects, including leadership, community organizing, nonviolent strategies for obtaining social justice, service-learning, religion and spirituality, and nutrition and personal health.

The Cesar E. Chavez Museum and Library , the third phase of the National Chavez Center, will allow visitors to experience firsthand Cesar's home of 20 years, the office in which he worked, as well as his personal papers and possessions.It will also house an event center, bookstore, gift shop, and gallery.

The Cesar E. Chavez History Project , so much of what Cesar taught us is carried inside us, not written down or recorded.The Chavez History Project will address the pressing need to collect and preserve primary source materials such as letters, speeches, pictures, and videos.Such materials will be made available to the public through a wide variety of channels, including the National Chavez Center, traveling exhibits, and the worldwide web.

The Foundation Speakers Bureau , is one of the Foundation's most popular programs.It gives individuals the opportunity to learn about Cesar's life and work through personal remembrances, experiences, anecdotes, and biographical information.Foundation speakers provide a personal link to Cesar the man and leader.Our speakers are in high demand and often travel throughout the nation speaking to schools, professional groups and community organizations, particularly around Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning.

The Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship , through a partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund the Foundation awards scholarships to college students that display exceptional leadership skills and a commitment to service.

Commemorations , individuals and communities continue to enact hundreds of commemorations in Cesar's honor every year, including the renaming of schools, streets, libraries, and parks.Major examples of commemorations across America include: Cesar E. Chavez Parkway in San Diego, CA; Cesar E. Chavez School of Excellence in Racine, WI; Cesar E. Chavez Bridge in Chicago, IL; Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building in Denver, CO; and Cesar E. Chavez Park Branch Library in Phoenix, AZ.The Foundation understands the importance of such initiatives, which ensure that current and future generations will continue to learn about Cesar and his vital contributions to our nation.

Educational Materials , the Foundation regularly serves as consultants for the development of curricular resources, textbooks and other educational materials.We have consulted with the State of California on the Cesar Chavez Curriculum, and for books such as Apple Seeds, Pride of the People, and more.

Arts Projects , are powerful ways to educate current and future generations about Cesar's legacy.For that reason, we lend our expertise to several arts-related projects, films, and plays including Cesar and Ruben and Let the Eagle Fly surrounding Cesar's life and work to add substance and historical accuracy in a way that no other organization can.

Over the next year the Foundation will focus on developing and distributing two high-profile arts-related projects that have the potential to impact large numbers of individuals and communities: the Cesar E. Chavez Feature Film, and Cesar and Ruben, a musical by Ed Begley, Jr.

The Cesar E. Chavez Feature Film , to ensure that all Americans can hear about the life, work, and values of Cesar E. Chavez, the Foundation has been working with a major film producer to make a movie about Cesar.We expect shooting of the movie to begin next Spring, and are hopeful that the movie will be released two years after that.
Cesar and Ruben, chronicles the life of civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez through music, visual images and a conversation with award-winning Los Angeles Times columnist Ruben Salazar, who frequently wrote about Cesar.The performance mixes humor and drama, music and dance, history and personal struggles to educate and inspire people of all ages to carry on Cesar's legacy and timeless vision for a better, more just world.

The mission of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, is to maximize inherent human potential to improve communities by preserving, promoting, and applying the legacy and universal values of civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez.
For more information about the Foundation's programs in the area of Education, Arts and Culture, please contact Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Programs Director, by E-mail at

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