Promoting Hispanic Heritage and the Arts The promotion of Hispanic-Latino culture has been an embedded part of the Foundation’s work since its inception in 1990. Today, HAF supports local organizations that advance the education and betterment of Hispanic youth and encourage the broader arts community.
San Miguel’s English Language Learning Program Located in Tulsa’s Kendall Whittier district, San Miguel School provides a quality education for students in Grades 6 to 8. San Miguel is an independent, gratuitous school with 95% of operating funds made through donations, grants and other fundraising. Due to factors outside their control, students accepted to the program may be up to two grades behind in school. The school helps students work toward grade-level competencies for increased success in high school. HAF donates annually to the school’s English Language Learner program.
Catholic Charities’ Citizenship Program HAF provides charitable assistance to the Catholic Charities’ Citizenship program. The program helps people obtain legal documentation and citizenship in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Tulsa Ballet’s Leaps in Motion Program HAF supports the Tulsa Ballet’s Leaps in Motion program which brings dance performance and performing arts appreciation into elementary schools. An introduction to classical ballet develops students’ physical self, ability to concentrate, and visual and aural memory. Students also learn to work spatially, musically and technically in teams. Approximately one in three of the 465 students who participated in the 2019-2020 academic year were of Hispanic-Latino heritage.
Tulsa Area Cultural Events The Foundation also promotes and supports cultural events like Festival Americas, an outdoor celebration of Hispanic culture at Guthrie Green. We also participate with Tulsa’s Living Arts and its Dia de Los Muertos Celebration held on November 1.
Annual Noche de Gala Since 1990, the Foundation has hosted an annual Noche de Gala, the Foundation’s only fundraising event. Each year’s event pays tribute to the Hispanic heritage and culture of a country. The event features the country’s food, music, and dancing, along with collectible art as part of the silent and live auctions. In 2019, the Noche de Gala raised $41,922 (net amount) to underwrite the Foundation’s scholarship giving.