Celebrating Oaxacan Culture

Preserving Heritage, Empowering Communities

About

Project for the Arts and Dreams of Indigenous Oaxacan Heritage

PADIOXH is a non-profit organization that seeks to rescue, preserve, disseminate, and promote the cultural heritage of Oaxacan communities in Mexico and the United States.
The organization pursues a well-rounded approach to education, aimed at consolidating leadership within the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. It seeks to provide a secure environment and a diverse range of educational programs for children, youth, and adults. These programs include dance and artisan workshops, traditional cuisine, music and poetry classes, Oaxacan indigenous language courses, weaving workshops, and more. Despite financial challenges, the organization offers need-based scholarships to make its programs accessible to all.
The organization aims to foster connections between various Oaxacan communities in the United States, promote binational exchanges to facilitate the creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and support the cultural and artistic expressions of younger generations from Oaxaca. This is achieved through programming cultural events that showcase the rich artistic, linguistic, musical, dance, and culinary traditions of Oaxaca.
PADIOXH is an initiative to create a welcoming space for the Oaxacan community in Los Angeles. Its primary goal is to celebrate and educate about the culture, fostering a sense of identity and empowerment. PADIOXH accomplishes this through traditions and educational programs.

HISTORY

PADIOXH stemmed from the work of Estanislao Maqueos, an Oaxacan native who founded the Maqueos Music Academy in early 2005 in California. The academy became a gathering place for multiple generations of young musicians from Oaxaca, who proudly represented Mexico for over 20 years across the USA. Notably, the academy had a positive impact on the Los Angeles community. Additionally, Estanislao Maqueos formed the first youth philharmonic band in the United States, consisting of first-generation Oaxaqueños in America, and organized various other philharmonic bands serving the wider community.

Nestled in the heart of Koreatown, Maqueos Music Academy stands as a beacon of traditional Oaxacan culture, music, and values. Alongside its philharmonic band, the Academy nurtures the talents of countless young musicians, imparting a profound legacy to hundreds of children who have graced its halls. Through their exceptional performances, these bands bring immense pride to their community and represent Mexico in the United States at the highest level, showcasing the rich tapestry of Oaxacan heritage on an international stage.

Director Maqueos convened a group in 2022 to establish PADIOXH, a project dedicated to promoting and safeguarding Oaxacan culture and arts in the USA. Alberto Garcia, the board’s treasurer and proud Oaxacan, coined the name PADIOXH, which serves as an acronym for the Project for the Arts and Dreams of Indigenous Oaxacan Heritage. The word “PADIOXH” means “Hello” in Zapoteco, reflecting the organization’s commitment to preserving Oaxacan history.