The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is developing a new vision and Master Plan for the ESB-MACC. A kick-off event is scheduled on June 17, 2017 to invite public input that will help identify how the existing buildings and overall site can meet and enhance the facility’s current and future needs. Spanish interpretation and activities for children will be provided.
The ESB-MACC is a landmark complex that is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. The original Master Plan for the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) was drafted in 2000 by CasaBella Architects and its joint venture partner, Del Campo & Maru, in association with renowned Mexican architect Teodora Gonzalez de Leon. The Plan outlined a vision for three phases of development and provided detailed drawings and completion for the first phase of construction.
Many factors have changed since the Master Plan was drafted, including the renaming of the site to the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC), the rezoning of the surrounding area from Single Family to Central Business District, the dedication of the ESB-MACC as parkland and addition of two adjacent properties to the site. In addition, programming at the Center has evolved and as a result of these developments, the existing building has opportunities for adapting to better meet the current program and needs of the community. The new Plan will seek input on the buildings, the plaza, its relationship to Lady Bird Lake and Waller Creek, and the Grand Entrance.
Since the completion of the first phase of construction in 2007, the ESB-MACC has become a tremendous resource for our community, visitors, and civic arts organizations among many others. Ensuring that these and other groups are involved and contribute to a New Master Plan is fundamental to achieving the project’s desired outcomes.
Participants will be provided free parking, breakfast tacos (while they last), and fun arts activities for kids. A presentation from Casa Bella Architects will guide participants through the process and lead people to tour the complex and vision for the Plan. Those not able to attend are encouraged to provide their input online in English and Spanish by completing a survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/esb-macc.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701