What began as a dream in 1994, with an initial participation of 239 students, has grown into an international conference attracting students from neighboring Mexico and as far away as Germany and Japan. Through the years, the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference has never lost sight of the original dream, which brings together the educational aspects of traditional Mariachi music and Folkloric dance with performing opportunities. An additional benefit is reconnecting our youth and families with their culture. Thus, Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference contributes to preserving the cultural art forms that are so deeply interwoven in New Mexico and the Southwest.
The conference incorporates three days of music, dance, and voice workshops, a student participant reception, the Student Music and Dance Showcase Concert, and the Spectacular Concert. With the focus on youth, including at-risk school-age youth, the conference contributes to retention in music and dance programs in both school and community programs.
Celebrating 28 years of promoting, enhancing, and preserving cultural arts through education, performance opportunities, and community involvement. LCIMC annually impacts the regional community with several weeks of activities that draw attendees from across the US and Mexico.
2021 Participant Demographics
5 states and 2 countries
46% of participants from Las Cruces, NM
Female: 61 % Male: 39%
16 & under : 70%
17 to 24 : 25%