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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yQ29sJPbi4
The Latino Arts Residency Program (LARP) is our developmental program for Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines that provide arts and cultural programming to the Austin community. ESB-MACC is proud to promote the events and programs of these talented artist. Learn more about out individual artist HERE.
Teatro Vivo: Las Aventuras de Enoughie: Un Cuento de Kindness
January 19 - February 25
Enoughie knows what it’s like to be different from other kids. He’s got a blue furry face and magical antennae. So when his new friends Esme and Hector get into an argument over their differences, Enoughie uses his magical antennae to help them resolve their disagreement and learn to empathize, trust, work together, and believe in themselves. This bilingual puppet production will be presented in collaboration with Teatro Vivo, ZACH Theatre, Glass Half Full Theatre, and The Kindness Campaign.
Everyone Knows You Go Home
Book Reading Wednesday, March 21 Black Box
Everyone Knows You Go Home, by Natalia Sylvester is the story of a Mexican American family visited by the spirit of their patriarch every Day of the Dead. The book explores themes of immigration, physical & invisible borders. It will be released on March 13, 2018. An evening reading and discussion of the novel with author in attendance to speak about the inspiration behind the story, the process of writing it, and read some passages from the book. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
A TRIBUTE TO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ
César Estrada Chávez
(March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was a labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers Union, UFW) in 1962. As a farm worker, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but non-violent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.
His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. Although the UFW faltered a few years after Chavez died in 1993, he became an iconic "folk saint" in the pantheon of Mexican Americans. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
Each March our center pays tribute to César Chávez by presenting documentary films that deal with Chicano/Latino civil rights in the U.S. This year’s film is the long awaited and overdue story about Dolores Huerta.
Thursday, March 29 7pm in the Auditorium Free and Open to the Public
Dolores Huerta bucks 1950s gender conventions by starting the country's first farm workers’ union with fellow organizer Cesar Chavez. What starts out as a struggle for racial and labor justice, soon becomes a fight for gender equality within the same union she is eventually forced to leave. As she wrestles with raising 11 children, three marriages, and is nearly beaten to death by a San Francisco tactical police squad, Dolores emerges with a vision that connects her new found feminism with racial and class justice.
With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.
Introduction by Lilia Rosas, Ph.d, and immediately following the film, we will have a panel discussion with Dr. Rosas, author Ire'ne Lara Silva and other spectacular women of our time.
The César Chávez ¡Si Se Puede! Awards Dinner
Saturday | 7pm
Sam Z. Coronado Gallery
The César Chávez ¡Si Se Puede! Awards Dinner recognizes the accomplishments of individuals that continue to struggle for justice and keep the spirit of Cesar E. Chavez alive. This event is organized by P.O.D.E.R.
ESB-MACC Signature Events
Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz - April 13 & 14, 2018 Enjoy our special festival centered around women empowerment. This celebration includes live music, poetry, and storytelling about one of the great initial strong, independent women, Sor Juana.
Awards of Excellence - May 19, 2018 Nominations are open and close March 9th. Join us to celebrate local artist and community members in their efforts to make the Hispanic and Latino community grow and have a voice. To come will be the form for anyone in the Austin area to be nominated for these awards.
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 theater 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.