Expressiones Cultural Center Inc. was founded in 2001 by Guido Garaycochea, an artist born and educated in Peru, and Jose Ulloa, a civil engineer who was also educated as an arts administrator in his native country of Chile.
Expressiones had been in existence as a for-profit art gallery from 2001 until 2009. Expressiones then applied for and, effective September 10, 2009, was granted status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Cultural Center is located in downtown New London, Connecticut, where it features space for an art gallery, a working artist’s studio, and space for both children and adult classes.
Since its establishment, Expressiones has offered a variety of bilingual programs – free to the community – intended to bring better understanding and appreciation between the Latino American Culture and American Culture.
Its community outreach work has reflected and carried out its mission of serving the less-privileged population of Southeastern CT, including Spanish speaking children and low income families.
Board Of Directors
Timothy Fioravanti, President.
Guido Garaycochea, Vice-President.
Gay Clarkson, Secretary.
Naomi Otterness, Treasurer
Lee Toth, Director / Past-President.
Douglas Bjorn, Director.
Alexandra McCaag, Director
Irene Koenig, Director.
Judith Sutherland, Director.
Margarita Hernandez, Director.
Reona Dyess, Director.
Margaret Bucaram, Director
Jose Garaycochea-Ulloa, Executive Director.
Board of Advisors
Expressiones wants to promote the Latin American Culture in all its manifestations by introducing the citizens of southeastern Connecticut to its music, art, and customs. The purpose of the Cultural Center as set forth in its articles of incorporation is exclusively educational in nature. * Expressiones Cultural Center Inc. is a non-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your donation is fully deductible as provided by law. Expressiones rely most heavily on the contributions from foundation grants, which are: Frank Loomis Palmer Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, Puffins Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Community Foundation, Bodenwein Foundation, James & Mary Perpetual Trust, Griffis Foundation. Friends of Expressiones are the second largest source of support, which are: Sapphire Donor: Thames River Greenery, and Ivan & Naomi Otterness. Platinum donors: Helen Sandalls & Roger Beers, John & Karen Horn, and Anonymous donor. Golden Donors: Bruce Shipman, and Leon's Upholstery.