Casa Cultural de las Americas (CCA)'s main purpose is to preserve and promote the cultural diversity and arts of the Americas in the United States and Europe. It emerged in 2012 as an initiative of Dr. Elizabeth Quila and a group of Hispanic Americans interested in promoting the culture and arts of their heritage. This initiative found a niche that presented the cultural plurality of Latin America in the context of an English-speaking country.
One of the organization’s main objectives is to become a platform that would showcase the cultural richness of the Americas, with a primary focus on presenting contemporary literature written in Spanish to audiences in the Houston, Texas, other U.S. cities, and later Europe.
To achieve these objectives, a diverse group of volunteers was formed including people from both Latin American and the U.S. Through lectures, workshops, awarding scholarships, and writing contests, in addition to the institutionalized International Literature Festival, the selected group continues tofulfill its mission
As a non-profit 501 (c) (3) File Number C.C.A. 46-2586071, the activities of the organization are financed through sponsorships and donations, which are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Exhibition of Ibero-American art by painters Seram Sousa and Rafael Urdaneta.
How to be Successful in the Americas (cross-cultural awareness) Workshop.
Letters and Images of the Americas 1st.
Letters and Images of the Americas 2nd.
Cross-Cultural Dining Etiquette Seminar.
Theater as a Life Journey Workshop.
International Film Showcase.
Career Boost Workshop for Students.
Female Emotional Intelligence Workshop.
International Literature Festival, Houston 2013 featuring: Armando Romero. Mario Bojorquez, Miguel Angel Zapata, Eduardo Espina, Omar Lara, Mercedes Roffe, Lucila Nogueira, Luis Carlos Musso and Arturo Gutierrez.
International Film Festival.
International Literature Festival, Houston 2014: Hugo Mujica, Federico Díaz Granados, Raúl Pérez Torres, Iván Oñate, Gisela Heffes, Eduardo Langagne, Javier Guerrero, EddaArmas, Rose Mary Salum, among others.
International Film Festival, Houston 2015 featuring: Mario Vargas Llosa, Carlos Aldabazal, Ali Calderon, Gabriel Cisneros, Madeline Millan, Andrea Cote Botero, Efraín Kristal, among others.
International Literature Festival, Houston 2016 featuring: Jorge Galán, JotamarioAberlaez, Luis Garcia Montero, Ron Leshem, Leopoldo Castilla, Robin Davidson, Fernando Valverde, Xavier Oquendo, Javier Bozalongo and Margarita Laso.
International Literature Festival, Houston 2017 featuring: Matilde Casazola,Diana Bellessi, Ida Vitale, Soledad Bravo, Siomara Spain, Ana Cecilia Blum, Andrea Cote, Jeannette Clariond, Veronica Aranda, Maria Cardenas and Debora Mouton.
International Literature Festival, Madrid 2017, Fifth Anniversary, in partnership with Casa de America featuring: Antonio Gamoneda, Hugo Mujica, Matilde Casazola, Juan Carlos Marset, Juan Carlos Mestre, Jorge Galan, Raquel Lanseros, Marco Antonio Campos, Antonio Cilloniz and Ivan Onate.
Letters and Images of the Americas: Readings of Classic and Contemporary Women's Literature.
International Literature Festival, Houston - San Antonio 2018 featuring:Tamara Kamenszain, Juan Manuel Roca, Mabel Cuesta, Legna Rodriguez Iglesias, Abdon Ubidia, Coral Bracho, Rocio Ceron, Jordi Virallonga Eguren, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Martha Canfield and Adalber Salas.
-ILF-M., 2019: Mexico: Coral Bracho, Andrea Cote Botero, Leopoldo Castilla, Ave Barrera, Karla Zarate and Rocío Cerón.
-ILF-I., 2019: Italy, Sapienza Università di Roma: Alessio Brandolini, Martha Canfield, Elena Bartone, Raul Vallejo, Valerio Magrelli, Gloria Gervitz, Margara Russoto, Jeannete Clariond, Jordi Virallonga and Marco Giovenale.
-ILF-H-S. A., 2019: Antonio Preciado, Jose Angel Leyva, Luis Armenta Malpica, Tino Villanueva, Marilene Felinto, Clemente Mamani, Yolanda Castaño, Ignacio Carvajal, Maya Islas and Tania Libertad.