LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC) is a small sized, hybrid nonprofit organization established in 2016 by local author Sarah Rafael García in Santa Ana, California. It was initiated through support from its fiscal agent Red Salmon Arts, a partner hybrid nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas, and a five thousand dollar Investing in the Arts Grant by the City of Santa Ana. Although started with a minimal amount of funding, the hybrid nonprofit organization serves as the only literary arts cultural center for approximately 300K+ residents in the City of Santa Ana of which 80% are Latina/o/x as part of Orange County that is 60% people of color.
Over the first two years, LMAC tended the community as a curbside vendor selling books and hosting free literary readings and workshops via partnerships with established art spaces, local businesses, national literary grants to pay writers, and special public events. Since 2017, it has been housed at two different brick-and-mortar venues: the first being a public stairway that served as a temporary space for 11 months funded by a patron and the second a 190sqft warehouse in downtown Santa Ana that has consisted of annual lease renewals since January 2018 paid by profits. LMAC continues to be mobile while sustaining general operating costs at the 190sqft warehouse space. One organizational goal is to reinvest profits into the local artists of color and business economy. Over the years LMAC has fulfilled García’s mission of “cultivating diversity through literature and the arts” to the residents of Santa Ana and Orange County. Today (2021), LMAC is focusing more than ever on audience engagement and book sales to increase assets, while seeking to expand its reach beyond the city as an established BIPOC-led cultural center in Orange County and institute a new mission statement.
LibroMobile Arts Cooperative (LMAC) intends to empower artists of color and culturally enrich residents in Orange County, California. Through social engagement, diverse arts, equitable practices, and direct action, LMAC aspires to counter the impact of gentrification on the local community by providing culturally relevant arts education and reinvesting profits in the local residents, arts industry, and business economy.
Established in 2016 in Santa Ana, LMAC is a community-based collaboration between a mobile bookstore and cultural center practices. It builds on anti-gentrification movement culture and cultivates diversity through literature and the arts by prioritizing Black, Indigenous, people of color and integrating free reading and writing programs, visual exhibits, and year-round creative workshops in Santa Ana, California and its surrounding areas.
Fiscal Mission Statement
For six years and as the only cooperatively-run bookstore in Santa Ana, LMAC has been able to realize its vision for a community-based self-sustaining literary arts center gracias to the dedication of the bookstore community. Recognized across the U.S. for organizing and presenting literary arts programing prioritizing BIPOC and LGBTQ+ artists, LMAC holds some 30 to 45 events per year, many of which draw intersectional and multigenerational audiences from Southern California and virtually across the nation.
As of 2018, bookstore profits, public donations, and capital from grants support the hybrid nonprofit organization fulfill its mission by funding its operating budget, local and guest artists, special exhibitions, establish the Crear Studio gallery, and a variety of arts education programs. In 2020, LMAC established a community-based advisory board that ensures the mission statement is met through all efforts. Arts cooperative members lead daily tasks and initiatives to keep the bookstore and free programming accessible and sustainable to the general public. Muchas gracias to the local comunidad, advisory board, cooperative members, community partners, and book patrons across the nation for their empowerment and commitment to LMAC. Questions regarding fiscal management are welcomed; additional information is provided upon request.
* Statistics are produced from LMAC's annual Profit & Loss Report, total numbers are submitted to the IRS for tax purposes and when required in grant applications.