Collection Title: Cenzontles collection
Title: Grow your own cultural programing
Date: 2012
Location: Filmed in 2012.
Dionisio Ceballos, editor and camera.
Los Cenzontles, performers and musicians.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:15:07
Language: Includes English and Spanish
Synopsis: In 2000, the young people of Los Cenzontles assumed administrative positions, expanding the organization’s ‘Grow Your Own’ methodology into administrative leadership. Working with immigrant communities to raise awareness about cultural transition, the group collaborates with communities of migrant Mexicans who perform hard labor and whose children go to the same schools as white children. At those schools, cultural tensions are rife. As creative community leaders, Los Cenzontles has developed methods to create programing built on community assets, and to encourage cultural translation.Los Cenzontles is a band, a nonprofit organization, a music academy, a community space for youth and families, and a hub for Latino artists. Since 1989 Los Cenzontles has produced original music, videos, and educational tools, playing a central role in the Mexican roots revival in the United States. Throughout more than 25 years of constant work, Los Cenzontles has shared its founder Eugene Rodriguez’ vision: that young people empowered as artists and teachers can build upon the past to create a better future. Los Cenzontles remains unique among nonprofits nationally in demonstrating the potential of Latino cultural programming and production to transform individuals and communities from within. Over the years, the academy has served immigrant children, third-generation Mexican Americans as well as children who are mixed and from various ethnic backgrounds. The band has recorded songs that capture the poetry of the indigenous Purépecha language and composed music aimed to inspire and rally the community toward empowerment and engagement and against contemporary injustices. Los Cenzontles has broadcast its journey via its documentary series, web-based video shorts, and ‘digital scrapbooks’ aimed at capturing the first person stories of resilience by Mexican American music- and culture-makers. These media productions combine music videos and interviews to highlight themes of inclusion, education, and social justice.
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Copyright Holder: Los Cenzontles
Contact: Los Cenzontles
Los Cenzontles
13108 San Pablo Ave
San Pablo, CA 94805
Phone(Business): +1-510-233-8015
Phone(Fax): +1-510-233-3230