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If you want to know more about our Nonprofit, here is some information. As always, your comments are most welcome!

LA PLAZA de las TRES CULTURAS is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit  corporation, founded in Arizona, USA in 2002  to promote adult cultural education.

This means that we concentrate on grown-ups and on their way of life (since that’s what culture is) and we look for ways to learnabout all peoples and to help others to do the same.  We call ourselves La Plaza, since a plaza is a place – perhaps a public square – where people get together to hear the news, to share with one another, to trade ideas. Tres Culturas means especially the over-all culture of the United  States, that of Native Americans, and that of the Latin American people who have been part of our region since before our Society was born and who are coming in waves to join our communities and our Country. There are many cultures, of course, so Tres, Three, is more a mystical symbol than an exact count! We focus on culture, on a variety of cultures, and we strive to help people to learn from one another. Our objective is to help people share the riches, the utilities, the solutions, the beauties of one anothers’ ways of life.

For more on La Plaza de las Tres Culturas, select one of the links below:



Coyote Country

La Plaza shares this story with visitors to our Site:

Sinzontle Looks at Coyote Country

Cockpit View of Mockingbird

Notes on a three-hour, 350 mile flight to survey  the vasts south-central Arizona region that adjoins the border with México

19 May 2004

Take-off was at 10:20 A.M. from Mesa’s Falcon Field, and Sinzontle, the Mocking Bird,  headed south and climbed past Williams-Gateway airport to enter my GPS route over Casa Grande. Global Positioning System technology would guide me on my way. The eastern Phoenix metropolitan area was smoky from the forest fire burning to the north, so this navigation aid was extra welcome. Anyway, the southwest wind invited in by the storm system passing through Utah would clean the sky  by afternoon.

The Tohono O’odahm capital of Sells would be the first  base to be touched on this very-rough diamond-shaped route. Once Interstate 8 was left behind, the terrain gave a quick and rude reminder of what to expect in Coyote Country.  More than sixty miles to go to Sells – and that’s on the wings of Sinzontle, the Mocking Bird. It’s a great deal more if your feet are on the ground.

I should better call it Tohono O’odahm Country. It belongs – and has, from the aspect of human records, always belonged to “The People of the Desert”. The Spaniards called them “Papago” but that was too insulting and they have reclaimed their name. I look down in astonishment because of what their culture – their Way of Life – has enabled them to do. Just to survive is impressive.  To thrive in this area – which is the size of Connecticut – is amazing. Those who have “peopled this desert” must be respected.

A view of Coyote Country from the sky

Some of the land is fairly level, so walking, though not easy, is possible. Much of it is up and down because there are very many hills and, yes, mountains, so to travel means to scale and to clamber. Outcroppings of rugged rock break through continuously.  There are the little settlements, like Ko Vaya,  snuggled in behind a sheltering cliff, with dirt roads stringing off endlessly to somewhere.  But mesquite and cactus, in immense sweeps, dominate everything and challenge those who would traverse this land – moreso if they are not people of the desert, if their culture hasn’t prepared them for this. Vegetation covered with thorns can sustain the life of the “savvy”; anyone else will have his skin torn and his soul wearied. On this vast expanse of land so harsh to humans, I couldn’t see any from my trajectory, no groups travelling on foot to the north, during the high sun of a windy, 100 degree day in May. But then, heading south at 3000 feet above the terrain, I didn’t expect to. I have to admit,  I didn’t want to.




LA PLAZA DE LAS TRES CULTURAS,  incorporada en Arizona, EE.UU. tiene aprobación del Internal Revenue Service Federal, 501c3,
significando que está exenta de impuestos, y que donaciones monitarios pueden deducirse de los impuestos de uno.

El nombre “Plaza de las Tres Culturas”,  como en Sevilla,  en las Américas, y, en particular,  en el caso de Tlatelolco, México,  pone énfasis en la idea de compartir culturas distintas  – de un proceso en que hay una fusión del modo de vivir de gentes que van enseñando unos a otros,  aprendiendo unos de otros a la vez.

“Plaza” dice lugar de reuniones. “Tres”, en nuestro caso, se refiere por cierto a las culturas Anglo-Sajona, Latina-Americana, e Indígena-Americana, que nos influencian tanto aquí en Arizona         central.  Pero, siendo que cada una de estas culturas es diversa y múltiple, “Tres” significa “Muchas” o sea, “Un Sin Fin de Culturas”.  Queremos aprender de otras gentes.  Tratamos de ayudar  a otros en adquirir los rasgos y elementos culturales que ellos desean, tal vez necesitan,  para mejorar sus vidas en el lugar geográfico donde se encuentren.

Nuestra organización existe, entonces, como una esfuerza conjunta para avanzar la educación,  por compartir los tesoros de nuestras culturas,  para enriquecer  a todos los participantes  y a sus comunidades.  Siendo que cultura es, en realidad, el completo modo de vivir de una gente,  el proceso de enriquecer es necesariamente  muy hondo y ancho.

  • La Plaza es una Organización de Miembros – los que pertenecen toman parte en el manejo
  • Individuos,  familias, negocios, e instituciones tienen su categoría distinta de afiliación
  • Miembros pueden, si quieren, donar su cuota anual de afiliación por trabajar en los proyectos
  • Cuotas y donaciones monetarias se pueden deducir de impuestos, sujeto a las reglas  federales  y estatales

LA PLAZA  de las TRES CULTURAS,  hasta la fecha, ha estado envolucrada en:

  • Arreglar en la comunidad cursos para adultos de Inglés como Segunda Lengua
  • Respaldar la instrucción y actuación de Ballet y Música Folklóricos
  • Ofrecer Becas  para  programas de  Educación Cultural
  • Hacer funcionar  Radio Barrio.  una  Difusora Comunitaria  proporcionando instrucción  de  leguaje, información,  y  música
  • Buscar recursos para construir y manejar un futuro Centro Comunitario actual


correo electrónico:
teléfono:  480-833-7276
correo:  La Plaza de las Tres Culturas, 736 S. Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85210

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