Studio Latino

Check out this original music video by youth enrolled in Latino Network's Studio Latino program! Youth composed the music, wrote the lyrics, directed the video, and starred in the video! Thanks to Quincy Davis and Hector Salazar for mentoring and guiding the youth through the process.


Studies have shown that arts education can decrease youth participation in high-risk behaviors and promote educational achievement. Studio Latino, Latino Network’s arts and culture after school program, aims to prevent and reduce youth and gang violence and contribute to greater student success by providing students with opportunities they may not otherwise have.

Studio Latino offers youth a safe space after school to participate in arts & culture classes from Latino/a role models. The model exposes youth to new art forms while increasing positive skills and behaviors, encouraging academic success, and discouraging gang involvement. Recent classes include:

  • Hip-hop Songwriting

  • Afro-Latin Dancing

  • Visual Arts & Murals

  • Street Art & Graffiti

  • Martial Arts & Meditation

  • Capoeira

  • Drums & Percussion

Program Details

Local artists, musicians, and instructors, many of who are Latino/a, teach classes after school in community and school locations.

  • Reynolds Middle School

  • Kelly Elementary

  • Hartley Elementary

  • Rigler Elementary

  • Bridger Elementary

  • Woodland Elementary

  • Cesar Chavez School

  • Scott Elementary

Contact Jessica Lagunas at for more information.

Studio Latino seeks volunteer instructors to teach unique or interesting arts and culture classes. Spanish-speaking volunteers preferred

Latino Network would like to thank our partners and funders the Oregon Department of Education, through Youth Development Council grant, Portland Public Schools, Gresham-Barlow and Reynolds School Districts, and United Way and Multnomah County Racial Justice Initiative.