2022 Recipients


Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center

In her role, Balderas-Burciaga has developed SQACC into a self-sustaining not for profit, added programs, and is developing a plan to see how mental health services can be relaunched in the community. In response to COVID, they distributed over 500 art kits and provided over 3000 meals to students, families, and seniors. Her 15 years working with non-profits also includes involvement with Viva South CDC, Toledo Cultural Arts Center, and the Maumee Chamber of Commerce. Balderas-Burciaga is a member of the Broadway Corridor Coalition Core Committee which is implementing a master plan that includes street reconstruction, landscapes, and bike paths.

A Bowling Green State University grad, Balderas-Burciaga returned to her Old South End community to continue involvement with her time and resources. She is a trustee for the Toledo Lucas County Land Bank, serves on the Executive Committee and the Planning and Economic Committees for the Broadway Corridor Coalition, is a member of the Toledo Lucas County Workforce and Economic Development Committee, the Toledo Latino Leaders Collaborative, Toledo Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee and Forward Toledo Plan. She is a past member of Toledo City Council, serving as the youngest female and Latina.

Balderas-Burciaga was the recipient of the 2019 BGSU Latinx Issue Conference Award and the 2021 Diamante Award. She received a 4-year scholarship from the President’s Leadership Academy to attend BGSU and is the first in her family to graduate from college.

Taylor Balderas-Burciaga