Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • International
  • Race & Ethnicity


3033 27th Ave S#6933Minneapolis, MN 55406 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Cuban American Youth Orchestra, or CAYO (cah-yo), is a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization serving the people of the US and Cuba through musical education, exchange and performance.


Our mission is to support, educate and empower student musicians, guest teachers and audiences in the US and Cuba. Here, CAYO (cah-yo) helps musicians find common ground across barriers by sharing a tuning "A", to sharing a meal, to sharing indelible memories. Our priority is to provide equal input and impact for both cultures.

CAYO provides a creative space for US and Cuban participants to connect through music in a number of ways:

  • Week-long travel to Cuba where students, teaching artists and parents can collaborate, socialize and learn from each other

  • Exposure to world class teaching artists from the US and Cuba across genres

  • Professional training and live performances alongside peers from a different culture

  • Full-scale orchestra of students from across the US and Cuba

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