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About

The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts was originally a furniture factory that we have reclaimed and converted into a community arts space.  It is nestled in the City Terrace neighborhood of East Los Angeles.  Originally, we thought this would be an awesome dance studio and it has been.  But we quickly understood that the space had the potential to be much more than that. And so over the past 2 years it has offered after school classes in music and dance to 100+ students each week.  It has become a community meeting space where we have hosted over 12 groups this year  alone.  But our greatest accomplishment is that we have brought live family Arts programming to this neighborhood.  In 2013-14 we hosted the musical groups Mono Blanco, Cambalache, Viento Callejero, CuiCani, Bombachante Maya Jupiter, Aloe Black, Ana Tijoux and Martha Gonzales’ transnational project, Entre Mujeres.  In dance Floricanto presented its annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration, the original production, Alma Llanera-Spirit of the Plains and the ground breaking dance series ‘Folklorico With A Point of View’.   Over 13 productions. All total we brought in an audience of about 3000 people into our 200 seat theater space and outdoor Courtyard during a 13 week season spread out throughout 2013-14 .  We did this with very little money, a lot of planning and a great deal of help from our friends. 

This effort confirmed what we strongly suspected.  Both audiences and artists in our community need live performance in both music and dance.  Our artists need a place to perform. And our audiences need the enrichment of family performances. So we have developed a plan to continue to bring live performance to our audiences and support to our local artists.  We need to keep ticket prices accessible. We need to pay our artists. We need to publicize properly the events we create  so that our community attends them and we need to hire the staff to run these events.  The cost of doing this is approximately $1500 per performance.  $19,500 for a 13 week season in 2014-15. 

Your generous contributions would allow us to continue bringing an affordable family oriented performance season to this community. A season which offers the artists a space with great sound, good dance floors and good lighting, a sit down audience and payment for their work.

We ask you to give at whaever level you can. And in doing so also become a part of The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts.

Sample Rewards

12oz glass, etched with the Floricanto logo.
12oz glass, etched with the Floricanto logo.
Oaxaca dress
Oaxaca dress
Dress from Chiapas…
Dress from Chiapas…
Vintage Floricanto t-shirts
Vintage Floricanto t-shirts

Risks and challenges

All rewards have been secured or cleared. So we don't anticipate any glitches there. Artists' line up for the 14-15 season is fluid so that if one should not be available for a performance there can be a substitute. We have been producing and presenting live performances for over 30 years. If there are any problems in this area we will be able to come up with a viable solution. We do think we will be able to solve whatever problems come up. Our Presenting Season has been planned. And will take place. It may be less ambitious, depending on funding, but it will happen.

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    A special Floricanto sticker created just for this Kickstarter Project.

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    Sticker/Beverage glass/t-shirt combo. You will get a Floricanto sticker, etched beverage glass and vintage t-shirt based on your size choice.

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    Goody bag with a selection of a Floricanto
    DVD, a CD of one of the artists who were a part of our 2013-14 season, and a special Mexican themed pin we’ll select just for you.

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    1 session (8 classes) for one child
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    2 tickets to the VIP Kickstarter only performance at The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts (date and time TBD)

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    Your very own folklorico costume straight from Floricanto’s own archives! It could be a hand embroidered outfit from Oaxaca, A Frida-style tehuana or a colorful Dress from Chiapas. ( you tell us your size and we will give you 2 dresses to choose from)

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    Donor’s name on our ‘Padrino’s Wall’ in the lobby at The Floricanto Center for the Performing Arts. We’ll send you a picture once the wall is completed!

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    Have your next party or small get together in our small studio! This includes use of our 19ft x 57ft room with all wood floors, and 2 restrooms for 6 hours. (date & time must be mutually agreed upon)

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    1/2 hour performance by 4 Floricanto dancers at your own party or event! (In Los Angeles area only/ date & time must be mutually agreed upon)

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    Have your next performance, party or get together in our large studio! This includes use of our 29ft x 29 ft dance floor, 40ft x 80ft seating area, 200 chairs, sound system. And 2 restrooms for 6 hours. (date & time must be mutually agreed upon)

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    1/2 hour performance by 4 Floricanto dancers at your own party or event! (Anywhere in Southern California/date & time must be mutually agreed upon)

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    1 hour performance by Danza Floricanto/USA and live music by Mariachi Mexicapan at your next party or event! (anywhere in southern California/date & time must be mutually agreed upon)

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Funding period

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