Founder, Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts
By Lauren Jones, Photo by Caitlin Candelari
Carol de Cardenas is the founder of the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and works as executive director. With a passion for education and giving back, de Cardenas has served the Austin community for 29 years through teaching and administrative experience in elementary and secondary education, undergraduate and graduate studies. She has been married to her high-school sweetheart for 31 years, and together, they have raised two children who are creative and artistically inclined. In May, she was awarded the Austin Woman’s Way Award for Women-led Business of the Year.