The Education Department within the Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center seeks to provide dynamic, innovative, and socially relevant programming that preserves, creates, and promotes Mexican American and Latinx cultural arts and heritage. The ESB-MACC Education Department offers Saturday workshops, studio classes, seminars, and camps for all ages, providing opportunities for participants to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Mexican American and other Latino cultures. For more information, call 512-974-3785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For educators and students, we offer tours by appointment Monday-Friday 10am-2pm. Please book in advance to assure your spot (4 weeks before tour date).
Tier 1 Group Tours include a FREE tour with one of our trained docents to explore the cultural history of the ESB-MACC facility and our galleries.
Tier 2 Experience & Tour includes the tour above, in addition to a culture & arts activity designed to suit the curriculum needs of educators.
Call (512) 974-3786 for pricing. Reserve your tour by completing our online Tour Request Form.
2019 ESB-MACC Spring Break Camp
2019 Siembra Spring Break Camp serves children ages 5-12 Monday-Friday from 8:30am-6pm during AISD’s scheduled Spring Break. We serve a maximum of 30 students, while placing students into groups no larger than 15. We pair each group with an activity specialist to serve as their adult anchor as they transition between 2 different classes throughout the day. Our curriculum is motivated on the central themes of Environmental and Social Justice and each day focuses on different topics. Our education team prides themselves in providing high quality programming; to do so we draw from Whole Child Development, Youth Program Quality Standards, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and Culturally Relevant approaches to inform our curriculum. These conscious choices in curriculum and program staffing were made in order to provide Austin youth with more than just an arts camp; we provide our learners with opportunities to use Latinx history and art to think critically about the world around them.
Siembra will explore Latinx history as well as introduce the students to various arts techniques including (but not limited to): Theatre for Young Audience & Music; Axolotl Club & Puppetry; Mixed Media & Illustration.
Registration for Spring Break will start on February 16th. Please continue to check back on this page for updates. If you need information in the meantime, email email@example.com.
2019 ESB-MACC Summer Camp Registration
The ESB-MACC is proud to offer cultural arts youth camps for the summer. 2019 Cosecha Summer Camp serves children ages 5-12 Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 6pm for eight weeks in the summer. The camp is separated into four, two-week long sessions. We serve a maximum of 36 students per session and assemble the students into groups no bigger than 12. We pair each group with an activity specialist and/or arts instructor to serve as their adult anchor as they transition between 3 different classes throughout the day. Our curriculum focuses on the overarching themes of Environmental and Social Justice through the Arts, and each section focuses on different themes. We explore and create in these themes by sharing Latinx history as well as introducing children to various arts techniques including (but not limited to): Animation; Digital Storytelling; Axolotl Club; Mixed Media; Ballet Folklorico; Puppetry; Illustration; Music; and Theatre for Young Audiences. Our education team prides themselves in providing quality programming; to do so we draw from Whole Child Development, Youth Program Quality Standards, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and Culturally Relevant approaches to inform our curriculum, while imbuing the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These conscious choices in curriculum and program staffing were made in order to provide Austin youth with more than just arts camp; we provide our learners with opportunities to use Latinx history and the arts to think critically about the world around them. Section Descriptions
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Sábados en Familia: ¡Lucha Libre! @ Austin Public Library
Saturday, Feb 23 | 10am-1pm
Free for all ages!
Sábados en Familia provides free cultural art activities by the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center. This free family activity will explore the theme of Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestling!) Participants will engage in bilingual storytime and hands-on art projects. Costumes encouraged! Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
BOCCA Sabados Digital Storytelling
Saturday 3/2 1-3pm | Visual Arts Room
BoCCa Sábados: Digital Storytelling is a free event at the ESB-MACC on Saturday, March 2nd. Come and learn how to create your digital stories and how to submit to our annual digital storytelling festival, Voices, Voces, Voix Youth (VVVY) Festival.
This workshop is part of a two-part series that focuses on digital storytelling. The first workshop on March 2nd will focus on creating an imaginative stories through the use green screens and iMovie. Participants ages 5-18 are encouraged to attend this workshop. Please register through Eventbrite to secure your space!
Sunday, Feb 24 | 12pm-2pm Free, recommended for 18+
Volunteer to maintain the on-site herb garden. Get your hands dirty as you dive into growing and cultivating traditional Mexican healing herbs. This is a great opportunity for those interested in healing with natural herbs, or for anyone with a general interest in gardening, traditional medicine and healing. Volunteer participants receive hands on experience and will share in the harvest. Sign up to volunteer on Givepulse: austintexasgov.givepulse.com/event/35962-Community-Healing-Garden-Workday
Bilingual Music Lessons with Javier Jara
Monday-Thursday | 1:30-6:30pm
$55 for one-time lesson
$180 for one month, one class per week for individual lesson
$100 for a Group (between 4-8 students)
Javier Jara of the musical group Los Bohemios Perdidos offers music lessons in the following:
Learn Spanish with Latin folk songs
Lessons taight in Spanish (upon request)
Students will learn Latin American folk songs and rhythms to enhance their multicultural experience, with courses taught at the ESB-MACC. If requested, instruction can be in Spanish exclusively or partially. Contact Javier Jara to register via email at email@example.com, by phone at 512-470-8842, or facebook: Javier Jara Músico.
Come groove with the sounds and dig deep into the roots of Chicanx music and culture and dust-off your instruments from the shelves and take part in building your community's Bronze Band! The Bronze Band is a group of local seasoned musicians that perform this hot toe-tapping dance music known as “Musica Chicana”, a blend of Tex-Mex, Chicanx rhythm and blues, country-western swing, cumbias, and oldies Led by seasoned musician and music activist Robert Ojeda, you are sure to find comunidad, latinx soul and rhythm! Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity. New participants are welcome to join from 2-3pm to learn the material. For more information, email Robert Ojeda at Rrojeda2002@yahoo.com.
Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
First Saturdays: Monthly Meetings 10am-12pm Third Thursdays: Research Workdays 10am - 3pm Ages: 18+ | FREE
The Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin (TGSA), established in 1977, fosters excellence in genealogy through educational programs and projects that preserve, produce and disseminate knowledge of genealogical or historical value. TGSA preserves Tejano and Mexican-American heritage by assisting with genealogical research, promoting authors who write about Latinx history, raising awareness of Latinx history in schools and communities, and hosting and attending genealogy conferences, historical events, arranging for guest speakers
First Saturdays of the Month: Monthly Meet Up featuring Guest Speakers | 10am - 12pm | Black Box Theater
On the first Saturday of each month, TGSA hosts their monthly meet-up, featuring guest speakers.This is a great time to find out about TGSA, meet community members, learn about local history and ongoing projects related to genealogy, DNA testing, family heritage and history. 10am-12pm in the Black Box Theater, downstairs at the ESB-MACC.
Third Thursdays of the Month: Preserving Our Past for the Future | 10am - 3pm | Media Lab, Education Area
On the third Thursday of each month, TGSA hosts a workshop open to all where community members can research their family history to uncover the stories of your family’s past with the help of TGSA’s researchers. We provide access to research materials and software to help you stitch together the fabric of your family’s history to reveal how you came to be. Anyone who wants to participate can bring photos, letters, certificates, or other historial documents to research their family history. Members of TGSA will be on-site to assist. 10am-3pm in the Digital Media Lab, upstairs at the ESB-MACC.
Yoga en Español
Ages: 17+ FREE
Enjoy a soft and revitalizing Yoga class FREE of charge! Strengthen your physical, mental and emotional bodies achieving great health.
Free Zumba Classes
Resident Fee: FREE
The ESB-MACC has partnered with Primero Health to offer FREE Zumba classes! Join us every Tuesday for a great workout. This fusion of Latin and International music and dance creates a dynamic and exciting workout every time. For more information call (512) 433-1796 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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