SFIAF Family Program

El Corazón de la Misión with the Community Music Center and Cuicacalli

Saturday June 4, 2:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes with intermission

Cowell Theater
Tickets: General Admission,
Children $12, Adults $15


Lee Brenkman-sound engineer


San Francisco International Arts Festival is proud to present El Corazón de la Misión (Heart of the Mission) as the Festival’s inaugural Family Program. The event, specifically designed to appeal to families, will present the Community Music Center's Mission District Young Musicians Program (MDYMP) and Cuicacalli - Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, representing the rich and vibrant performing arts community of San Francisco’s Mission District. It promises to be an engaging afternoon where children of all ages will learn about music and dance with multiple opportunities for their direct participation.

Directed by Martha Rodriguez-Salazar, the Community Music Center's Mission District Young Musicians Program (MDYMP) includes 25 middle and high school youth from the Mission District playing musica bailable including favorites from Mexico, Colombia and Cuba. MDYMP brings Latin music to low-income Mission District youth, entirely tuition-free. Students receive a half-hour private lesson at CMC, gather for weekly classes at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and interact with master guest artists. They learn traditional music from Spain, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Peru, as well as Latin jazz and classical music.

"Cuicacalli” means ‘House of Culture’ in the Nahuatl language and is a year-round youth training program. Founded in 2008 by renowned international performer Jesus “Jacoh” Cortes, Cuicacalli is an international, cross-cultural, dance-arts educational institution. By including dance styles such as Indigenous, Folkloric, Contemporary, Cuicacalli hopes to expose, sustain, and expand traditional and modern dancing with a new lens. Cuicacalli strongly carries its mission: to serve the diverse community of San Francisco with dedication towards excellent instruction, performances and community programs for intergenerational students, artists and audiences of all backgrounds.

The SFIAF Family Program is curated by Miriam Anne Frank





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