Sep 19, 2012 - 11:21 am CDT

Once again, the dedicated staff at the ESB-MACC together with the City of Austin put on another great event.

Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Austin citizens and visitors came to this year’s free celebration. First there was an exhibition by the Association de Charros El Herradero y Escaramuza El Rosario (the original Texan Cowboys).  Our fiesta’s musical entertainment started with Mariachi Tamazula , plus singer Ernesto Cadena Segovia (also Saltillo). The Folklorico Dance Troop from South Texas College in McAllen is an ESB-MACC repeat favorite. Their costumes and skills remind us how diverse Texas culture is. Many musical and dance influences show up in their captivating performances.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012

From southern Spain with its Moorish influence to the German immigrants of the 19th century, Tejano culture is a rich mixture of many traditions. 

The evening closed with Mariachi Nueva Generacion from Texas State University.  Adding to the festivities, were participating food booths that were set up to provide delicious Mexican dishes and cold drinks.

This is one the ESB-MACC’s major mission – providing Tejanos, Mexican Americans and resident Mexicans a place of their own and a symbol of ethnic pride.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 view from balcony

Every evening on September the 15th for the last five years, the ESB-MACC, The City of Austin, the Consul General of Mexico, and the Fiesta de Independencia Foundation proudly present our citizens an official Dies y Seis Celebration.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 welcome table

Our welcome table with all the ESB-MACC programming, classes and events.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012

We take great pride in emulating the actual celebrations taking place all over Mexico on this evening. Like government officials all over Mexico, Austin’s own Consul General of Mexico, Rosella Ojeda, graciously provides the traditional “El Grito” or “call for independence.

Delivered from the traditional “El Balcon de la Independencies”, just like Hidalgo (the father of Mexican independence) decried freedom and “Viva Mexico” in 1810. We decorate our balcony, overlooking our own Zacalo (Mexican plaza) with a large bell to complete the authentic experience.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012

Our great food court

 

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, Gloria and Herlinda

The City of Austin’s Gloria Mata Pennington, and ESB-MACC Herlind Zamora.

We at the ESB-MACC want to thank the City of Austin’s Gloria Mata Pennington for her decades of dedication and expertise in helping make our city a more inclusive and enjoyable place to live. Gloria’s in depth knowledge of protocol has helped us all in piecing together the city’s important & meaningful events. Equal gratitude was shown to Gus Garcia, our former mayor and tireless advocate for all of Austin’s residents.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 shot of building

ESB-MACC is the perfect place for community get together.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012, VIP room

ESB-MACC VIP room for community guests and visitors from Mexico.

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, stage

The Folklorico Dance Troop from South Texas College in McAllen

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

The Folklorico Dance Troop from South Texas College in McAllen performing Tejano Dances.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

 

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

The Folklorico Dance Troop from South Texas College in McAllen performing Traditional Mexican dances.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

 

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

 

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Folkloric dancers

 

Folkloric dancers

 

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, stage

 

mariachi band

 

folklorica dancers

 

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 US and Texan Flag

The US and Texan Flags were presented by Tejanos in Action Color Guard.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Mexican flag passed

The Mexican flag was then presented to the Consul General by Tejanos in Action Color Guard.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Mexican National anthem sung

Ernesto Cadena Segovia, a well-respected singer, also from Saltillo, helped complete our authentic celebration with singing the Mexican National Anthem after the ringing of the our representational “campana”( independence bell). Gloria said “People tell me they have never heard the Mexican National Anthem sung any better than Ernesto did.” Ernesto, his father, sister, niece and grandniece all made the celebration even more authentic.

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, Gloria and Ernesto

Gloris and our Guest from Saltillo, Ernesto Cadena Segovia who sang the Mexican National Anthem.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Gloria and Mexican Consul General Rosalba Ojeda

Gloria and Austin's Mexican Consul General Rosalba Ojeda.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 visiting sculptor Jose Antonio Garciaguerra

Adding to the evening’s celebrations were honored guests from Austin’s sister city, Saltillo, in Coahuila, Mexico. José Antonio Garciaguerra was in attendance. He is the noted Mexican sculptor whose exhibit currently graces our main gallery (and a permanent example of his work adorns the entry to our main auditorium.)

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, Ernesto and guests

Ernesto Cadena Segovia and his; wife, father, sister, her daughter and grand daughter.

ESB-MACC 16 de sept celebrations - 2012 Former mayor Gus Garcia

Gus Garcia, our former mayor his wife and friends.

MACC 2012, 16 de septiembre celebration, Lloyd Dogget

 US Representative Lloyd Dogget dropped by our celebration to urge everyone to come out on election day and vote.

MACC courtyard with projection on wall

For added convenience, free shuttles ran every fifteen minutes making the evening even more enjoyable. Visitors could leave behind the headache of finding parking, and ride the shuttle.

About the Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center

If you have not yet visited the Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center, you are in for a treat.  Our magnificent facility was designed by world known architect Theodoro Gonzales de Leon and is a visually spectacular addition to our Parks and Recreation Department’s cultural facilities.

MACC at night

Keep up-to-date on our events through the City’s events calendar and the ESB-MACC's own website: www.MACCAustin.org. 

Please don’t hesitate to stop by and enjoy our art, theater, classes and family fun.

Jun 12, 2012 - 01:08 pm CDT

Austin Parks & Recreation Department has a long history of offering many different affordable summer camps for our city's youngsters.

June 11th was the first day of our Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC for short) summer camp which runs June 11 - August 10. The camp's programming has been designed for youngsters ages 5-12 / and runs from from 9am-5pm. The MACC also offers early drop offs as an added convenience to busy parents bringing their kid's to our Lady Bird Lake campus.

Your children can join the excitement by participating in MACC cultural camps! The goal of our camps is to foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. Daily activities in our visual and performing arts classes reflect the session theme. The first two week session is themed "Lucha Mania" and focuses on the pop culture phenomenon of Mexican Wrestling.  Campers made their own hand puppets for a theater class and a “mascara” (wrestler's mask) during the visual arts class.

One happy camper commented; “I had a good day!  The art projects were really fun and I enjoy learning where things come from.”  - Gabriela M.

Tiffany Moreno, our experienced "Culture & Arts Education Coordinator," has many, many creative activities planned throughout the summer.

There are still some openings available (as of this writing, June 12, 2012). Call us at 512-974-3785 to enroll your child.

MACC 2012 Summer Camp Classes and Programs:

Session 1: Lucha Mania - A Wrestling Phenomena (6/11 -6/22, $250/2wks)

Session 2: Fiesta Fun - Mexican Holidays (6/25-7/6, $225/2wks, No class 7/4)*

Session 3: Mexi-TV - Lights, Camera, Action! (7/9-7/20, $250/wks)*

Session 4: Tejano Urbano - Modern Day Leaders (7/23-8/3, $250/2wks)

Session 5: Arte Verde - Go Green! Make Art! (8/6-8/10, $125/1wk) *Denotes FULL enrollment, wait-lists available!

Summer Camp Early Drop Off Fees: June 11 - August 10 / 7:45-8:45am

Session 1 (6/11 -6/22) - additional $50

Session 2 (6/25-7/6) - additional $45

Session 3 (7/9-7/20) - additional $50

Session 4 (7/23-8/3) - additional $50

Session 5 (8/6-8/10) - additional $25

Also our Youth Capoeira Classes:

Saturdays / Ages 5 - 12 / 11:00am-12:00pm $6/drop-in Join instructor Erick Salazar in a Capoeira class designed specifically for youth ages 5-12. In each 1-hr class, students will experience the Brazilian- African hybrid of dance, music and martial arts which aids children in working on their flexibility, rhythm and developmental coordination.

About The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Our center is a tremendous resource for the community, and visitors to learn and participate in classes and programs that foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of not only Mexican American, but also Native American, Chicano and other Latino cultures. Our programs and educational curriculum include the areas of visual art, theater, dance, literature, music, multi-media and the culinary arts.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701 Tel. (512) 974-3785 Fax. (512) 974-3777 www.maccaustin.org

For complete information about our summer camp program please go to our web page

Enjoy year round; cultural, history and nature experiences at any of Austin Parks & Recreation Departments' facilities. For complete information please go to our blog.

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Nov 03, 2011 - 09:35 am CDT

MACC: A Ground Breaking, Multi-National, Multi-Media Exhibit

"HEIR today, gone tomorrow" Displays the state of the arts in the 21st Century
Carlos Dojuan's work feature his pregnant wife. In his own words, his paintings"...document several cultures and movements". They are rooted in the traditions of graffiti and speak to Latino and more specifically immigrant culture.
 
 
Gabriel Dawes shares a series of works that are connected by representing an evolution of endeavors and creative processes by which they are created. His Mexican birthplace is represented in his pieces, which pull from colorful native traditions in textile and embroidery. 
 
 
The quietly sprawling installation shown below was created by Los Outsiders curator Michael Anthony Garcia. This work openly shares his connection to the decades of mysterious murders in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico near his childhood home of El Paso, Texas, and the escalating drug violence affecting his friends throughout the Mexican nation.
 
he exhibit at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Main Gallery (on display through August 27, 2011) combines some of the newer trends of technology in art with unique uses of traditional methodologies. 
 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow, a curatorial exhibit by Los Outsiders, features the works of 14 artists. Los Outsiders have linked works of various artists from the States of Texas and Tennessee to Mexico, exploring the complexities of inheritance, legacy and human interaction. In their own words "The body of work becomes a journal, meta-cognitive examination of who we are through our relationships, culture and heritage". 
 
  It's not often that an art exhibit can actually be said to break new ground. However when technology advances to the point where it begins to be seamlessly integrated into traditional mediums, let alone culturally specific messages, this claim should be considered valid. 
 
  Some of the pieces utilize traditional materials in traditional ways. Some utilize traditional materials in non traditional ways. Yet some blend the latest in technologies, incorporated into traditional mediums that will change the face of art going forward. 
 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow includes the work of Daniel Adame (Houston, TX), Aisen Caro Chacin (Austin, TX), Paco Castro (Guadalajara, Mexico) Gabriel Dawe (Dallas, TX), Carlos Donjuan (Dallas TX), Santiago Forero (Austin, TX), Eduardo Xavier Garcia (Austin, TX), Sergio Garcia (Dallas, TX), William Hundley (Austin, TX), Kristy Perez (San Antonio, TX), Carlos Rosales-Silva (Austin, TX), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Nashville, TN). 
 
  Additional kudos are due to the Los Outsider curators Michael Anthony Garcia (Austin, TX) and Hector Hernandez (Austin, TX). Their use of the latest smart phone technology, the "Quick Response Barcodes" (postage stamp like graphics starting to show up everywhere) allows visitors in-depth descriptions of each piece through the Internet or they can easily be reviewed later. 
 
  The pieces in the exhibit display meticulous mastery of materials as well as technology. Several pieces incorporate video presentations into both framed art and sculptural works. This artistic device certainly promises to become de riguer in contemporary art. Especially now, that creative process of display technology and the public’s reliance on short videos have become universally accepted as part of daily life. 
 
  Equally intriguing is the appearance of DNA testing as an art form and artistic statement. Visitors are invited to hypothesize about the owner of the exhibited DNA sample ultimately used to generate the presented data and submit their own as well. 
  This exhibit is well worth a trip to the MACC!
 

 

 

Jun 12, 2012 - 01:08 pm CDT

Austin Parks & Recreation Department has a long history of offering many different affordable summer camps for our city's youngsters.

June 11th was the first day of our Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC for short) summer camp which runs June 11 - August 10. The camp's programming has been designed for youngsters ages 5-12 / and runs from from 9am-5pm. The MACC also offers early drop offs as an added convenience to busy parents bringing their kid's to our Lady Bird Lake campus.

Your children can join the excitement by participating in MACC cultural camps! The goal of our camps is to foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. Daily activities in our visual and performing arts classes reflect the session theme. The first two week session is themed "Lucha Mania" and focuses on the pop culture phenomenon of Mexican Wrestling.  Campers made their own hand puppets for a theater class and a “mascara” (wrestler's mask) during the visual arts class.

One happy camper commented; “I had a good day!  The art projects were really fun and I enjoy learning where things come from.”  - Gabriela M.

Tiffany Moreno, our experienced "Culture & Arts Education Coordinator," has many, many creative activities planned throughout the summer.

There are still some openings available (as of this writing, June 12, 2012). Call us at 512-974-3785 to enroll your child.

MACC 2012 Summer Camp Classes and Programs:

Session 1: Lucha Mania - A Wrestling Phenomena (6/11 -6/22, $250/2wks)

Session 2: Fiesta Fun - Mexican Holidays (6/25-7/6, $225/2wks, No class 7/4)*

Session 3: Mexi-TV - Lights, Camera, Action! (7/9-7/20, $250/wks)*

Session 4: Tejano Urbano - Modern Day Leaders (7/23-8/3, $250/2wks)

Session 5: Arte Verde - Go Green! Make Art! (8/6-8/10, $125/1wk) *Denotes FULL enrollment, wait-lists available!

Summer Camp Early Drop Off Fees: June 11 - August 10 / 7:45-8:45am

Session 1 (6/11 -6/22) - additional $50

Session 2 (6/25-7/6) - additional $45

Session 3 (7/9-7/20) - additional $50

Session 4 (7/23-8/3) - additional $50

Session 5 (8/6-8/10) - additional $25

Also our Youth Capoeira Classes:

Saturdays / Ages 5 - 12 / 11:00am-12:00pm $6/drop-in Join instructor Erick Salazar in a Capoeira class designed specifically for youth ages 5-12. In each 1-hr class, students will experience the Brazilian- African hybrid of dance, music and martial arts which aids children in working on their flexibility, rhythm and developmental coordination.

About The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Our center is a tremendous resource for the community, and visitors to learn and participate in classes and programs that foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of not only Mexican American, but also Native American, Chicano and other Latino cultures. Our programs and educational curriculum include the areas of visual art, theater, dance, literature, music, multi-media and the culinary arts.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701 Tel. (512) 974-3785 Fax. (512) 974-3777 www.maccaustin.org

For complete information about our summer camp program please go to our web page

Enjoy year round; cultural, history and nature experiences at any of Austin Parks & Recreation Departments' facilities. For complete information please go to our blog.

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Nov 03, 2011 - 09:35 am CDT

MACC: A Ground Breaking, Multi-National, Multi-Media Exhibit

"HEIR today, gone tomorrow" Displays the state of the arts in the 21st Century
Carlos Dojuan's work feature his pregnant wife. In his own words, his paintings"...document several cultures and movements". They are rooted in the traditions of graffiti and speak to Latino and more specifically immigrant culture.
 
 
Gabriel Dawes shares a series of works that are connected by representing an evolution of endeavors and creative processes by which they are created. His Mexican birthplace is represented in his pieces, which pull from colorful native traditions in textile and embroidery. 
 
 
The quietly sprawling installation shown below was created by Los Outsiders curator Michael Anthony Garcia. This work openly shares his connection to the decades of mysterious murders in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico near his childhood home of El Paso, Texas, and the escalating drug violence affecting his friends throughout the Mexican nation.
 
he exhibit at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Main Gallery (on display through August 27, 2011) combines some of the newer trends of technology in art with unique uses of traditional methodologies. 
 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow, a curatorial exhibit by Los Outsiders, features the works of 14 artists. Los Outsiders have linked works of various artists from the States of Texas and Tennessee to Mexico, exploring the complexities of inheritance, legacy and human interaction. In their own words "The body of work becomes a journal, meta-cognitive examination of who we are through our relationships, culture and heritage". 
 
  It's not often that an art exhibit can actually be said to break new ground. However when technology advances to the point where it begins to be seamlessly integrated into traditional mediums, let alone culturally specific messages, this claim should be considered valid. 
 
  Some of the pieces utilize traditional materials in traditional ways. Some utilize traditional materials in non traditional ways. Yet some blend the latest in technologies, incorporated into traditional mediums that will change the face of art going forward. 
 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow includes the work of Daniel Adame (Houston, TX), Aisen Caro Chacin (Austin, TX), Paco Castro (Guadalajara, Mexico) Gabriel Dawe (Dallas, TX), Carlos Donjuan (Dallas TX), Santiago Forero (Austin, TX), Eduardo Xavier Garcia (Austin, TX), Sergio Garcia (Dallas, TX), William Hundley (Austin, TX), Kristy Perez (San Antonio, TX), Carlos Rosales-Silva (Austin, TX), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Nashville, TN). 
 
  Additional kudos are due to the Los Outsider curators Michael Anthony Garcia (Austin, TX) and Hector Hernandez (Austin, TX). Their use of the latest smart phone technology, the "Quick Response Barcodes" (postage stamp like graphics starting to show up everywhere) allows visitors in-depth descriptions of each piece through the Internet or they can easily be reviewed later. 
 
  The pieces in the exhibit display meticulous mastery of materials as well as technology. Several pieces incorporate video presentations into both framed art and sculptural works. This artistic device certainly promises to become de riguer in contemporary art. Especially now, that creative process of display technology and the public’s reliance on short videos have become universally accepted as part of daily life. 
 
  Equally intriguing is the appearance of DNA testing as an art form and artistic statement. Visitors are invited to hypothesize about the owner of the exhibited DNA sample ultimately used to generate the presented data and submit their own as well. 
  This exhibit is well worth a trip to the MACC!
 

 

 

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