During college, Mari Arreola spent time getting in touch with her Latin roots while travelling throughout the U.S., Guadalajara, Mexico, and Paris, France. Everywhere she went she encountered more Latin culture, until she was thoroughly immersed in its arts and traditions. When she became manager of La Raza Galeria Bookstore, she took that opportunity to bring those kinds of arts to an international stage. Out of this endeavor, Spanglish Arte was born. Acting as the creative director, Mari manages the shop and gallery, hoping to create a hub for local artists?everyone from painters to T-shirt makers.
In addition, Mari hosts classes that help students understand and participate in Latin arts. These classes include tutorials on how to make tamales and how to apply makeup for Day of the Dead celebrations?the one day a year when the dead are allowed to be beautiful.