A Year In Review 2014


Dear Friends, We bring you good tidings and joy! Thanks to your generous support, Los Cenzontles celebrates its 25th year of culture, arts and education.

The Academy

We were able to enrich the lives of 352 students in 2014, with 126 traditional Mexican music, dance and artist classes through our four 10 week sessions and two-week summer camp intensive. 80% of our students are returning students and 60% took more than one class!

Success stories include our Teen Jarocho ensemble who performed their first public show on their own for over 1000 attendees at the Oakland Museum Day of the Dead event. Additionally, the Mariachi ensemble learned 5 new songs in just 10 weeks and performed together and in solos at last week’s recital. Many of our teens began in our program many years ago and others joined in the past few years. Either way, they are proud Cenzontles! 

Other highlights include the creation of our Noche Cultural – an ongoing series of cultural concerts at our beautiful theater.

This year also saw our first cooking classes and workshops for youth and adults in our gorgeous new kitchen.

We are proud to continue to serve as cultural consultants to other non-profit organizations such as the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Mujeres Unidas y Activas.

Proudly, our staff, faculty and students joined a San Pablo delegation at the All American Cities Conference in Colorado representing the City of San Pablo.

And we are honored to have ended the year with Monsignor Anthony Valdivia blessing our newly added space, our staff, parents and children at our 2014 Christmas concert. Thank you Father Tony!

Production and Performance
We proudly released 30 new and archival video productions including the amazing animated video short Tata’s Gift, a 7-minute musical narrative that merges digital technology with indigenous Mexican textiles, video game imagery and original music.Tata’s Gift, a co-production of Los Cenzontles and Studios Dio, tells the story of a young boy finding personal strength through family and heritage.We also released music videos A Pair of Brown Eyes  and La Mula y el Arriero and the EP American Roulette.Our YouTube Channel now has 1.9 million views and 1500 subscribers. Subscribe today to receive updates.Los Cenzontles touring group began production on its cross cultural Zydeco Mexican Connection. The resulting CD Shades of Brown will be released early 2015.The touring group traveled to Los Angeles to perform at UCLA Royce Hall and the huge Hollywood Forever Día de los Muertos event. Additionally, the touring group was featured at the Napa Valley Opera House, Stanford University Bing Auditorium, The Green Center at Sonoma State University and the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.
Supporting Roots Campaign
We are half way through the facility expansion and renovation! With great gratitude to our many supporters, we acquired the adjacent storefront adding 30% more overall space.We now have a new kitchen, art room, office and outdoor deck. We have new LED stage lights, an automated screen and mounted projector in the theater. With the increase in student capacity, we’ve developed new community programming to make the best use of our new space.We have now raised 70% of our overall fundraising goal and can’t wait to start Phase 2, which will provide us sound proofing, a new dance room, practice rooms, improved lighting, flooring and ADA upgrades.If you wish to know more about the Supporting Roots Campaign, please watch this video, visit us at the center or call 510-233-8015. 
Thank you for your support!!

Our Academy is thriving with happy children and vibrant culture, thanks to you! Los Cenzontles can only exist with your support! 

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