The Washington Neighborhood Center is located at 400 16th Street in one of Sacramento’s oldest neighborhoods. The Center was originally founded by the Fremont Presbyterian Church as an outreach program in 1952. The Center has provided residents of the Alkali Flat and Washington neighborhoods a wide complement of programs and services for over 50 years. Offering programs in the arts, education, recreational activities, health, culture and an overall emphasis on the development of youth.

Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF)

The RCAF is a Sacramento, California-based art collective, founded in 1970 by José Montoya and Esteban Villa, as one of the most important collective artist groups in the Chicano art movement in California during the 1970's and the 1980's. During these times the RCAF was instrumental as staff, board members and volunteers in creating some of the most remembered, impacting and inspiring decades in Washington Neighborhoods Center history.

Currently the Center is ran and operated by an amazing group! The staff and board of directors, is a diverse group of community minded individuals who bring a variety  backgrounds, ideas and skill sets to the table. The Center has honored the same mission statment for over 60 years and continues to honor the values and historic signifigance of past community leaders and continues to operate programs set up by the RCAF over 30 years ago, such as the Barrio Art workshop.


George Carpenter

Board president

Eric Rasmusson

Board Secretary


Melanie Dahl


Natalia Luna

Board Member


Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez

Board Member


Jose ‘Joey’ Ramirez


Facilities Coordinator