Irma Beserra Núñez
Irma Beserra Núñez is founder/owner of Doña Irma Heritage Arts Institute, co-founder/co-chair of the Coalition to Save The First Street Store Mural Wall 1970s Chicano Historical Monument, and founder/chair of the California Coalition to Save Older Adult Education.
Irma has devoted her life to using “The Universal Language Of The Arts” to empower and unite our youth and society by instilling a sense of cultural pride and self esteem while celebrating our cultural diversity and common human bond. To accomplish this, Irma has taken on various roles throughout her career as a Community Advocate and Spokesperson, Cultural Arts Educator and Archivist, Visual and Performance Artist, Producer and Director, Media and Marketing Consultant, Fine Arts Curator and Distributor, and Artist Representative in the areas of Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Chicano/Mexican American Historical Preservation, Community Revitalization, Hispanic Marketing and Communications, Government and Community Relations, Aging and Health Education, Human Rights, and other critical issues that impact our nations diverse multi-ethnic and multigenerational families and low income communities.
Irma’s story is partially included in a 27-hour oral history interview as partner and archivist for the internationally renowned artist “Don Juan” Johnny D. González as part of the Getty Foundation “Latino Art Survey” conducted by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; which has been used as a primary source for the Getty Foundation initiative “Pacific Standard Time” exhibitions at the UCLA Fowler Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
In 1970, Irma received a five-year scholarship from CSULA "Project Maestro” Bilingual/Bicultural Chicano Teacher Training Program, studied at Otis Art Institute, and, in 1975, received a California Life Teaching Credential in Adult Education. She taught at Loyola Marymount University, East Los Angeles College and at numerous elementary, middle and high schools throughout LAUSD. In addition, Irma volunteered thousands of hours advocating for various human rights causes including as co-chair/spokesperson for the Committee for Justice for Gordon Castillo Hall and Support Committee for Juvenile Rights for which she raised approximately $50,000 from The Presbyterian Church, UPCUSA Emergency Fund for Legal Aid for Racial & Intercultural Justice, SECO/Synod Social & Ecumenical Concerns Committee, and Church & Society Committee of the San Gabriel Presbytery.
Media recognition includes CNN PRESENTS “A Larry King Special” with Leeza Gibbons, KNBC, KABC, KTTV, KCBS, KTLA, KMEX, KPFK 90.7 FM, KWIZ, Décor and Look (International Magazines), Los Angeles Daily News, KCET
Departures, Digital Democracy, etc. Cultural Arts Educational Programs received support and endorsements from NALEO, CTA, AMAE, CCA, CFA, LAUSD, UTLA, etc. Irma also conducted national, regional and local marketing campaigns for major corporations and institutions such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch, KMEX, Graduate Management Admissions Council, California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, CSULA Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology, etc. Additional clients include: City of Los Angeles, L.A. DWP, City of Pomona, Verizon, Blue Cross, Kaiser, Plaza de Cultura y Arte, AltaMed Health Services Corp., LA Caregiver Resource Center, Greater ELA Alzheimer's Association, UCLA, USC, NEA, SEIU, National Head Start Association, and numerous other universities, colleges and schools districts throughout California.
Irma received numerous national, state and local awards and commendations including the 2012 Pioneer Women of the Year for then-Council President and current Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women as well as the “Excellence In Teaching Award” from the California Council for Adult Education.