The Latino Arts Residency Program fosters the development of Austin-area Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts and cultural programming.
Art on Display
The Root of It All Community Gallery | Open Dailey
April Garcia created her personal style of art by creating sculptures with fabric, which explores Mexican folklore, memory and cultural identity. What is most recognizable about her work is the process of sewing, weaving and knotting that she has developed to give the pieces a distinct texture. She uses brilliant colors and patterns to create motifs of fabric that visually burst off walls. Garcia finds that Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois and Claes Oldenburg inspire her fabric art. You can find her behind her sewing machine creating forms inspired by natural organic shapes. April Garcia's passion and love of the artistic process and journey as an artist drives her art practice.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Announces
2016 LATINO ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Teatro Vivo, Artistic Director Mario Ramirez; Proyecto Teatro, Artistic Director Luis Ordaz; Hector Miranda, Artist, digital fabrication; April Garcia, Multidisciplinary artist;Los Bohemios Perdidos, artists Carlos Ufret & Javier Jara; Mauricio Callejas, Music producer “Live at the MACC”
LATINO ARTS GROUPS IN RESIDENCE
April Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist whose creative passion is sculpture and installation. For twelve years April has explored different ways to create sculpture and installation with fabric. Most recognizable about April’s work is the sewing, weaving and knitting process she has developed which gives her soft sculpture style a very organic-abstract feel, inspired by nature. Through this medium and sculptural style, April expresses personal struggle in abstract and symbolic forms. www.abrilgarcia.com
Hector Carmona Miranda was born in Mexico City and grew up in Colima, Col., Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua and México City. As a child he was inclined and encouraged to pursue the arts, which eventually led to a stint at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. In 2009 Hector moved to El Paso, TX, and settled in Austin, TX in 2011. After spending a decade working as a designer and 3D modeler, in 2015 he completed his degree in Studio Art with a focus in Photography (BFA) at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from UT, Hector began to experiment with blacksmith and 3D printing, which is now the focus of his art work. www.hectorcm.com/
Mauricio Callejas, singer-songwriter from El Salvador has been in Austin since 2002. He balances his own music performances with other cultural projects like directing the annual Centroamericanto Fest that promotes music and culture from Central America. Additionally, he is part of the Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana, a community collective that has produced the monthly event Cafe con Letras for over a decade. During his LARP residency, Mauricio will produce an album of 4 live performances recorded at the ESB-MACC during 2016-2017. The album ‘Live at the MACC’ aims to capture the interaction of Latino musicians in Austin and their audiences. More information about his work can be found at www.mauriciocallejas.com
Los Bohemios Perdidos (Javier Jara and Carlos Ufret) seek to celebrate and showcase the diversity and richness of Latin American folk music through a series of concerts, workshops and an oral history project translated into music. Both Carlos and Javier are bilingual (Spanish and English) musicians and educators with extensive performing and teaching experience. Their classical training and experience as folk musicians, allows them to seamlessly navigate between these two worlds, and provides them with a wide array of repertoire that appeals to a diverse audience. Further info can be found at www.javierjara.net
Founded in 1974, the AZTLAN Dance Company has enriched audiences through annual theatrical dance productions and creative cultural workshops. The AZTLAN Dance Company is guided by the mission to establish a stable and conducive environment for creating, preserving and presenting dance projects that reflect and inspire the communities within which it works. Through our work AZTLAN promotes greater intercultural, cross-generational understanding and appreciation of Indo/Xicano/Latino dance arts. AZTLAN creates dance that imagines a future informed by the past, in the present. www.aztlandance.com/
ProyectoTeatro preserves and promotes Latin-American culture through Spanish-language theatrical arts offerings designed to provide quality entertainment, educational opportunities and potentially transformative experiences. http://proyectoteatro.com/
Teatro Vivo makes Latino-based, bilingual theatrical experiences accessible to all audiences, especially culturally underserved community members. By telling the Latino story and addressing critical social issues, the company celebrates the vibrancy of Latino culture and the power of the human experience. https://teatrovivo.org