Carol de Cárdenas is the founder of the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
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Carol de Cárdenas is the founder of the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she works as executive director of this nationally accredited college-preparatory school. With a passion for education and giving back, de Cárdenas has served more than 1,800 students of all socio-economic backgrounds in the greater Austin community and celebrates the school’s 13th anniversary. In a city widely renowned for its vibrant cultural life, the school equips the next wave of inspirers, creators and influencers to take on the leading role with a “two-plan As” approach created by de Cárdenas to hone both their academic and artistic talents. She celebrates 32 years of marriage to her high-school sweetheart, and together, they have raised two children who now have successful careers in creative industries. In May 2017, she was awarded Austin Woman’s Woman’s Way Award for Woman-led Business of the Year.