Flor y Canto builds community through the arts. We provide workshops, production assistance, and publications.
Lisa Cortez Walden, Ph.D (Director) has over 30 years of teaching, performing, creating, and producing in the arts.
“ 30 years ago, I began my career as an actress with the bilingual theatre company, El Teatro de la Esperanza based out of San Francisco. There, I fell in love with the transformative power of performance and media. As an administrator, I’m proud to have worked with the following organizations: The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, The City of Austin, Gemini Ink, Luminaria, and others. But I’m also proud of the many independent productions I’ve done. See the full list at flor-y-canto.com
Flor y Canto is the Spanish translation of the Nahuatl phrase used by the Aztecs, “in xochitl, in cuicatl”. This referred to their gatherings of “flower songs” or poetry with music and dance.
Importantly, each Aztec noble family acted as benefactors to poets, musicians, and dancers, who in turn created a vibrant cultural scene that placed the arts in the daily lives of Aztec society.
At Flor y Canto, the arts are critical. Therefore, we center them in our daily lives and work to make them accessible to all.