About Us


Our Mission & Goals

The Instituto de Cultura Hispánica de Corpus Christi is a cultural organization created by citizens of South Texas in 1976 who have a common interest in the enhancement and promotion of Spanish culture.

The immediate goals of the organization are the following:

  • Propagate the culture and history of Spain and Hispanic America in the United States;
  • Increase as much as possible the cultural exchange among residents of this country;
  • Build up the existing friendships among the people of Spain, Hispanic America, and the United States, procuring a better understanding of each other’s characteristics, and
  • Reinforce and increase knowledge of Hispanic culture in the United States, thus contributing to a better appreciation of its art, literature cultural background, and folklore; and
  • To promote education with its educational center and donation of scholarships through its endowment plan established at Del Mar College and Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi.

The promotion of culture is fundamentally a task of stressing an understanding of the different aspects of life within different nationalities, observing whatever positive contributions they may offer to human civilization, and developing sympathetic feeling towards them.

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Board of Directors

The goals of the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica de Corpus Christi are to preserve, promote, and share the language, history, and culture of the Hispanic American Community and to build friendships based on knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the different cultures.

Dr. José Baca


Gerald A. Padilla

President Elect

Dr. Olga Velasquez


Richard Alegria


Arturo Lima Esq.

Vice President - Community Relations

Dr. Rossy Lima

Vice President - Programs

Melissa Maldonado

Vice President - Membership

Adriana Parker

Vice President - Development

Judge Joe Benavides

Building Director

Tony Bonilla