(team) Cristina Balli

Executive Director

Cristina Ballí began her career with Texas Folklife as the project director for our South Texas radio project throughout 2008-2009. She brings to Texas Folklife her rich and varied background as a cultural manager in the Texas-Mexico border area with particular expertise in the region’s accordion-based conjunto music. As Director of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito, she led the efforts to develop a cultural tourism program based on the city’s unique Mexican-American music history. In 2007 she oversaw the building and opening of the Historical, Conjunto Hall of Fame and Freddy Fender Museums in San Benito. Ballí's efforts in the Valley included radio documentary production and arts reporting for KMBH/KHID, the Rio Grande Valley’s public radio station. Cristina Ballí is a native of Brownsville, Texas and received a Bachelor of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.

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