Cristina Ballí took over as the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's executive director on Sept. 12. Photo courtesy of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.

New Guadalupe Executive Director is ‘Right Person at the Right Time’

After more than a month without steady leadership, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has appointed Cristina Ballí as its new executive director. With 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a decade in Latino arts programming and administration, and a recent tenure with Austin-based Texas Folklife under her belt, Ballí is poised to breathe new life into the Guadalupe’s programming.

Nicolás Valdez Embodies Conjunto Sound at Guadalupe

It’s a word that immediately invokes the sound of an accordion and bajo sexto, the voices of ebullient children and just slightly tipsy tios giving thanks for the chance to revel and relax in the San Anto sun. Conjunto, stripped down simply means “a grouping, or integration,” but it means so much more to la gente of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Tejano Conjunto Festival, going strong in its 35th year at Rosedale Park in San Antonio’s southwest side.