We are proud to produce annual signature events and collaborations with Latino arts organizations. Our four annual signature events are Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: A Tribute to Mexican Women in April, Award of Excellence in May, Viva Mexico in September and Día de los Muertos in late October or early November. All events are free and open to the public.
Presentation of Viajero: Global Excursions and Inner Journeys
Saturday | 5-7pm
Free and Open to all Ages
Through visually stunning photographs, Mexico City native, Ricardo Palomares, relates his epic 18,000 mile journey bicycling the length of the Pan-American Highway from Alaska to the bottom of Argentina to achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. Join us for this free presentation with the filmmaker. Click for more information on the organization and journal entries about this journey.
The Mystic Well
Saturday | 8pm
Sunday | 4pm February 4 & 5
Performance Artist Daniel Llanes offers “The Mystic Well,” a multi-media performance piece involving dance, music and light. It is based on sacred geometry and the relationship between sound, light & vibration, which illustrates the interconnectedness of everything and all of us.
Performing with Mr. Llanes will be percussionist Melanie Rose Maxwell, vocalist Saffron Parten and dancer Anuradha Naimpally.
Musical Tribute to Kamran Hooshmand
Saturday | 3pm
Kamran Hooshmand (1962-2016) was a musician dedicated to introducing a wide audience to the history, beauty, complexity, and intersection of music from the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. Both educating and delighting the public were his dual goals. For the last 30+ years, Kamran recorded music and performed for Austin audiences primarily through two musical projects—1001 Nights Orchestra and Ojalá—as well as with the Texas Early Music Project.
Friday | 7:30pm
February 17 Book Release and Reading
This literary program will feature a book release reading with an introduction by the editors followed by a reading from various writers, organized and directed by Ire’ne Lara Silva.
The anthology,Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, published by Aunt Lute Books out of San Francisco. It’s an absolutely unprecedented collection edited by the poet Dan Vera and myself. We’ve gathered the voices of 55 diverse writers to reflect on the idea of ‘borders’ and the work of Gloria Anzaldua, the ground-breaking author of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Unlike previous work,Imaniman focuses on the voices of poets—speaking through poetry, essays, and hybrids of the two.
Saturday | 10am-3pm; 4pm-6pm
February 18 Poetry Symposium
On Feb 18th there will be a one-day symposium of panels and workshops led by the writers. The program would culminate with an afternoon reading featuring more literary work in the Black Box Theatre.
ESB-MACC Signature Events
Sor Juan Ines de la Cruz - April 15th Celebrating the life and legacy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz with theatre performances and more.
Award of Excellence - May 20th This award is to be granted as the highest distinction and celebration of lasting contributions by artists and community members.
Ten Year Anniversary - September 16th To celebrate ten years of serving our Mexican-American and Latino community in this beautiful facility designed by Mexican renouned architect, Teodoro González de León, this year will have an extra special festival.
Día de los Muertos - October 21st A day to remember our loved ones who have passed with offerings, music, food, and kids activities.
Cine de Oro
Join us on the last Tuesday of each month at the Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.) for a special screening from the Golden Era of Mexico’s cinema. Seniors will enjoy a healthy lunch immediately following the film.
Please arrive by 9:15 am as screenings begins at 9:30 am. Admission is free. Please call to RSVP, as space is limited! 512-974-3789.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is a vibrant arts center with 100,000 annual visitors. Since 2007, we have been offering countless cultural events and art classes focusing on performing arts, music, literature, film screenings, and the Latino Arts Residency Program. A collaboration is a one-time presentation that is co-produced with the ESB-MACC. It can be a panel discussion, music or theatre presentation, film screenings or community engagement discussion. The ESB-MACC organizes year-round activities and also cooperates with a large number of partners who complete and strengthen programming through rentals and collaborations. For more information, download our collaboration request form.
Collaborators that we have worked with in the past are: AARP, ALMA (Austin Latino Music Association), Austin Community College Creative Writing, Austin History Center, Austin Museum Partnerships, The Austin Symphony, Ballet East, Bellas Artes Alliance, The Center for Mexican-American Cultural Arts (CMACA), Cine Las Americas, Conspire Theatre, Crossroads Events, Dan Guerrero, Daniel Llanes, El Corazón de Tejas, Flor de Nopal, Indigenous Cultures Institute San Marcos, KLRU-TV, Latinitas, LATINO Magazine & No Mas Hambre, Nuestro Grupo, PODER, Proyecto Teatro, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Company, Telemundo Austin, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Texas Folklife, Resistencia Bookstore, University of Texas at Austin CMAS, Univision
All of our events and programming are free and open to the public!
The ESB-MACC is located at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas along Lady Bird Lake.
Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.