Casa de la Cultura provides quality cultural arts programming for all youth in the greater Austin area.
Located at the intersection of community and life, Casa de la Cultura is a life-affirming journey that builds on the richness and power of lifelong values and culture.
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Pedro Moreno is the founder and director of Epistrophy Arts(1998 to present) a grass roots cultural organization dedicated to presenting the finest in adventurous jazz from around the world in Austin, Texas. Epistrophy Arts has organized over 100 concerts and public school workshops with some of the most celebrated musicians in improvised and experimental music. He is currently the African American Studies, Anthropology and US History Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries and he serves as the coordinator for Library Services for users with Disabilities.
Founder and Artistic Director
Born in Miami to Colombian parents, Kiko was taken to Colombia as a child and raised on a coffee farm where he learned Colombian folk music through oral tradition with his family. He studied jazz in Miami, then began traveling, collecting melodies and rhythms that make for a genuine world class fusion. Kiko has been a teaching artist for 20 years at several organizations like, The Boys and Girl's Club, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio), Beyond the Grade, Youth Advocacy, and many more.
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Before landing in Austin, Greg was born in Fairfax, VA but quickly moved to east Texas at the age of 2, where he grew up in Kingwood and later Houston with his family. His father Barry Goodman came from a musical family and was a professional musician/actor in Los Angeles. He was the on-screen bassist for the Little Ricky Ricardo Band on the I Love Lucy show and performed with such greats as Tim Weisberg, Tom Scott, Stan Getz and others. In 1990, Greg moved to San Antonio where he attended Trinity University and graduated with a BA in Psychology. He met his wife Lulu and moved to Austin in 2008 to continue work as a transit planner where they are raising their three children. Greg ia also the founder and CEO of KTonic Kombucha.
Greg has performed and recorded with a variety of artists in San Antonio and Austin, including: Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto, Elida Reyna y Avante, Esteban Jordan, Sauce Gonzales, Rusty Martin, Terri Hendrix, Sisters Morales, Coyote Dreams, Sexto Sol, Kiko Villamizar, Tess and Carson Henley, Federico Aubele, Trapiche de Colomboy, Bamako Airlines and Tiburon.
Trey Lopez aka DJ Manolo Black has been DJing professionally for over 20 years. He grew up in Robstown, Texas surrounded by traditional Mexican music, Conjunto, Tejano, popular music, rock, disco and new wave. Although he grew up in a small town he was fortunate to have a record store in his home town called “The Melody Shop.” Trips to this record store at a young age with his family had a big impact on his future.
Over the years Lopez has held down a number of residencies at bars, restaurants and clubs and has also played at festivals, museums, art galleries and retail shops. He has been a member of the Austin Latinx DJ collective Peligrosa since 2008. He has a BA degree in Cultural Anthropology from the The University of Texas at Austin with a Minor in Mexican American Studies. He has volunteered and worked with a number cultural arts organizations throughout the years including, Texas Folklife Resources, Cine Las Americas, Esquina Tango, Mexi-Arte Museum and Anthropos Arts. In his classes the focus is on providing a basic understanding of the art of DJing and having fun.
Alejandro Moreno- Alanis
Visual Art Instructor
Alejandro Moreno- Alanis is currently teaching art at Garza High School .
Experienced teaching K-12, Alejandro is bilingual and has a background in social emotional learning.
“Every kid is an artist...”
I see my role as a guide on visual expressions.
You will learn principles and techniques, while nourishing creativity, curiosity, and experimentation.