Main Library Gallery Exhibit: Building Our Own Community: 50 Years of the Latino Native American Cultural Center, Founded by Chicano and American Indian Students in 1971

In 2021, the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Created in 1971 by Chicano and American Indian students, LNACC has a long and important history at the University of Iowa. This exhibition shares that history in depth, and explores its establishment in the 1970s, its activism and programs, and much more. LNACC continues to be an active advocate, supporter, and resource for Latino and Native American students at the University of Iowa.

“The Center over the years has provided shelter, friends, music, theater, dance, poetry, books, and many, many discussions which were useful to balance the one-sided education most Chicanos and Native Americans received elsewhere.” -Antonio Zavala, co-founder of LNACC.

This Main Library Gallery exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries was curated by librarians Rachel Garza Carreón and Christopher Ortega.

Visit the Exhibition (Open through July 23, 2021)

Main Library Gallery Open Hours (Walk-In) - General Public and Campus Community
Monday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Visiting the Main Library Gallery is always free, and all are welcome.

Please contact the Main Library Gallery with any questions: lib.uiowa.edu/gallery/contact.

Beginning June 1, the Main Library will no longer require an Iowa One Card for building entry. Guests from the general public and the University community are welcome to stop by the Gallery any time during open hours. No appointments are needed. Please wear a mask until vaccinated, or if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Sara Pinkham in advance at or sara-pinkham@uiowa.edu