Singer-songwriter Carmencristina Moreno is known as the “Chicana Lady of Song.” Inspired by her parents, who were pioneers of California’s Mexican music scene in the late 1930’s, Moreno took up the guitar at nine years old. Although she was born in East Los Angeles, Moreno grew up in Fresno and Jalisco, Mexico, making her both linguistically and musically bilingual. She’s performed on stages all over the world. Now at 79, the Mexican-American singer is taking center stage inside a makeshift classroom — performing and teaching in front of an unlikely crowd — Men serving time at Avenal State Prison. Radio Bilingue’s Tena Rubio has more.
This program, known as Arts in Corrections, is part of an effort by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the California Arts Council and the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Its purpose is to rehabilitate prisoners and help them prepare for reintegration into their families and communities.
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