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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: Los Cenzontles is a grass-roots artist driven organization committed to the instruction, performance and production of Mexican American arts in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Programs: Significant accomplishments which occurred during the fiscal year ended june 30, 2014 include:the academywe 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 weeks recital. [continued on schedule o]

production and performancewe proudly released 30 new and archival video productions including the amazing animated video short tatas gift, a 7-minute musical narrative that merges digital technology with indigenous mexican textiles, video game imagery and original music. Tatas 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. Ubscribe 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 [continued on schedule o]

supporting roots campaignwe 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, weve developed new community programming to make the best use of our new space. We have now raised 70% of our overall fundraising goal and cant wait to start phase 2, which will provide us sound proofing, a new dance room, practice rooms, improved lighting, flooring and ada upgrades.

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I've been a long time listener and concert attendee to Los Cenzontles. This is one of the best grassroots community music groups I know. They teach kids about Mexican roots and fusion music through their San Pablo Calif storefront. They've won lots of awards and publish lots of great CD's with leaders in the field like Los Lobos, Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Their work is inspiring a generation of kids to appreciate their heritage and share the wealth of their culture with others in their community and beyond.