Supporting Roots Campaign

Los Cenzontles is growing. Join us!!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our Supporting Roots Campaign to raise funds to expand and renovate our art center and to enhance our renowned cultural arts programming. Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) is a factory of musical culture based in California. Deeply rooted in tradition, our professional musicians and mentors redefine Mexican American culture with a contemporary voice. Through a nationally acclaimed musical group, a media production company, and a youth Academy, Los Cenzontles focuses on the future by bringing our youth to the forefront of our mission and music.

As Los Cenzontles celebrates is 25th anniversary, Latinos will become the largest population in California. Los Cenzontles, a group of professional musicians and mentors, has been working with Latino youth from the organization’s inception. Now is our time.

Los Cenzontles has been in its current, San Pablo Ave. storefront for over 15 years. The original renovation of the center was truly a neighborhood “barn-raising” effort, built by the hands of our staff, students, families and community members. We have accomplished a great deal in this space, but now we are bursting at the seams.

We have made some incredible progress to date, including negotiated a favorable 20 year lease at 26% below market rate, acquired the laundromat next door which will provide us with 30% more space, and developed a viable architectural design. We recently broke ground on phase 1 of the project, which is a build out of the newly acquired space, and hope to start phase 2, the renovation of our current space, in January 2014.

This expansion and renovation will significantly enhance our impact locally, statewide,  and nationally as we enter our 3rd decade.

A successful campaign will provide:

    • A kitchen for cooking classes
    • 2 new private lesson rooms
    • New dedicated dance room
    • New dedicated art room with natural light
    • Expanded office and storage space
    • Expanded theater space with new sound and lighting system
    • New HVAC system
    • Soundproofing between classrooms
    • Upgraded video and audio equipment for our production studio

How You Can Get Involved:

  • Make a donation! We need to raise $900,000 to complete the project. Any amount helps!
  • Spread the word! Tell your friends about LC and this project.
  • Attend a fundraising event! We will have many events to raise money for the campaign during the upcoming months. Stay tuned!
  • Sponsor items on our wish list! We’ll need technology equipment, kitchen appliances, furniture, and more to outfit the new space. Please contact us for our official “wish list.”

Donations of all amounts are appreciated and acknowledged online and in print. Starting at $250, donations will be engraved on our donor wall in the following categories:
Cenzontle (mockingbird): $250 – $1,499
Colibri (hummingbird):$1,500 – $9,999
Paloma (dove): $10,000 – $24,999
Tecolote (owl): $25,000 – $49,999
Guacamaya (parrot): $50,000 – $99,999
Aguila (eagle): $100,000 – $249,000
Angel (angel): $250,000 and above

Join Los Cenzontles today by giving to the Supporting Roots Campaign and inspire new voices and new cultures!



Capital Campaign Committee: 

Dr. Sandra Hernàndez
Steve Oliver
Linda Ronstadt

Mike Kappus
Laura Littlefield
Jon Logan
Lorena Oropeza
Eduardo Rallo
Joel Selvin

Supporters of the Campaign:

The Ford Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Walter & Elise Haas Fund
Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Oliver & Co.
The Fleishhacker Foundation
Northern California Community Loan Fund
Tile Donation by Fire Clay Tile