Founded in 1989

Los Cenzontles

A nonprofit cultural arts academy, a band, a production studio, and a community space for youth and families, working together to amplify our Mexican roots here in the Bay Area and beyond.


Considered a second home for generations of local families, Los Cenzontles Academy invites children to learn music, dance, folk arts and crafts and to play an essential role in maintaining living traditions.

The Band

Composed of Academy alumni, Los Cenzontles digs deep into our rich Mexican American roots and our many cultural connections to the world, promoting dignity, pride, and understanding.


As first, second, and third generation immigrants and working-class people, with multi-racial and multi-ethnic backgrounds, we share our stories through film and video productions.



"Nuestros amigos en Los Cenzontles no solo han ayudado a nuestra hija Sophia a desarrollar su talento como bailarina. También han fomentado en ella una conexión tan hermosa con sus raíces mexicanas. Los Cenzontles es un recurso invaluable para nuestra juventud y la comunidad como un entero."

Heidi Lopez

Mamá of Sophia, 9 años

“Los Cenzontles es un santuario para personas de todas las edades y nacionalidades, y abarca la rica cultura mexicana a través de la música y el baile, que en esencia alimenta el alma”.


Ex-alumna de Los Cenzontles

"Los Cenzontles 'honran y dan un vuelco a la música tradicional mexicana, aprovechando raíces profundas a medida que florece en algo completamente nuevo y claramente estadounidense'".

The New York Times

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