Kicking off 2022…

We’re excited to announce that Central American Collective has been awarded a Houston BANF grant!

The past few years have been a labor of love researching, learning, and connecting to spotlight the positive impact of Central Americans. We are so thankful for this opportunity to continue building Central American cultural capital and empowering our communities through the power of art and culture. In the upcoming weeks we will share what we’ve been working on for 2022!!

We’re proud of our team and of our fellow grantees for their unwavering dedication to serving Houston’s communities of color through the arts.

See a full list of BANF grantees on the Houston BANF page!


Celebrating Central American Authors

This 2021 we celebrate literary works by Central American authors. Too often our voices are lost in the larger Latin American space so it’s important to uplift our own across all industries and mediums. We’ve compiled a list of Central American authors (one source: Teaching For Change) that we wish to highlight. As part of this effort we’ve also purchased the books and plan on raffling them off at in person events in Houston and through social media.

Please help us continue uplift our voice by supporting Central American authors and also share with us any additional authors we should highlight in the future.


Omar CastanedaAmong the Volcanoes  [Middle Grades]


Melissa Cardoza13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance: Trece colores de la resistencia Hondureña (Letras) [HS/Adult Nonfiction]


René Colato LaínezMis Zapatos y Yo Cruzando Tres Fronteras [Early Childhood/Elementary]

Jorge Argueta – Agua, Aguita | Water, Little Water [Early Childhood/Elementary]

Mario BencastroA Promise to Keep [Middle Grades]

Randy Jurado ErtllThe Lives and Times of El Cipitio  [HS/Adult Fiction]


Nina SerranoNicaragua Way [HS/Adult Fiction]


Sergio Ramírez La Fugitiva [HS/Adult Fiction]


Edited By Leticia Hernández-Linares, Rubén Martínez, & Héctor Tobar – The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States [HS/Adult Nonfiction]

Upcoming Houston area events we will be a part of:
September 15 – NEA Big Read Kick-off & Book Distribution @ 6pm
September 18 –Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta @ Houston Public Library @ 11am

Celebrate CACHADA

You are invited to celebrate Central American Film with us at SXSW…

Join us Sunday, March 10th from 7-9pm as the Central American Collective brings together community, business and industry leaders to celebrate the accomplishments of Salvadoran talent in the visual arts.

We want to thank Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in Downtown Austin for opening their doors and hosting this very special reception. This Salvadoran owned franchise has been a champion of our community by supporting charitable causes and continues to celebrate our culture through an extraordinary culinary experience.

CACHADA, a Salvadoran docufilm by Marlén Viñayo, is making it’s world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10th.