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.

Sep 14, 2012 - 11:48 am CDT

New Exhibit at theGeorge Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, September 6 - January 5, 2013

Sculptural woodcarving is the preeminent traditional art form among the Yoruba. Yoruba woodcarvers are widely acknowledged for their superior craftsmanship. Known as “agbegi lere”  (carver of wood-figures), Yoruba woodcarvers are held in high esteem within their society.

african art, wood carving, exhibit

ÈRE is a Yoruba term that means “sculpture” or “statuary”. More precisely, as used in the title of this exhibition, ÈRE encapsulates the art genre of the Yoruba Master Carvers and summarizes the plurality of Yoruba statuary as secular, utilitarian, architectural, and spiritual. The transcendental import of its duality as sacred object and spirit signify the physical manifestation of a Yoruba worldview.

african art, wood carving, exhibit photo

Traditional Art

ÉRE, the core of this two-part exhibition entails outstanding sculptures by three globally renowned Yoruba master carvers: Olowe of Ise (1875-1938), Dada Areogun of Osi-IIorin (1880-1954), and Bamgboye ofOdo-Owa (1893-1978). These artists were mostly commissioned by Yoruba royalty, religious organizations, and wealthy patrons to produce household and religious objects, such as doors, veranda posts, and ceremonial carvings. Their aesthetic expressions are predicated on the traditional Yoruba concept of beautification known as oju-ona. Oju-ona signifies adornment of surfaces with traditional Yoruba motifs, patterns, and symbols.

Emphasis on elaborate surface embellishment and elegant geometric forms are distinguishing characteristics of Yoruba carving. The masterworks shown in ÉRE are analogous to poetry in their dynamic composition, rhythm, and harmony.

Featured Master Carvers of Traditional Yoruba Art now on exhibit are: Olowe of Ise, Dada Areogun, and Bamgboye of Odo-Owa.

 

african art, wood carving, artist lecture

Contemporary Yoruba Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D discusses his work with Bernadette Phifer, Manager of the Carver.

african art

Contemporary Art

REFLECTIONS, features the art of Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D., whose artwork is mostly influenced by his experience and knowledge of traditional Yoruba art, including an early apprenticeship in Yoruba woodcarving. The highly textured surface and profuse use of traditional Yoruba patterns and symbols in his oeuvre, especially in his low-relief sculpture, is reminiscent of the stylistic approach of the Yoruba masterworks of Olowe, Areogun, and Bamgboye.

african art, wood carving

Contemporary Yoruba woodcarving by Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D

african art, wood carving

 

african art, wood carving

Traditional Yoruba Art now on exhibit with pieces by: Olowe of Ise, Dada Areogun, and Bamgboye of Odo-Owa.

african art, wood carving

Contemporary Yoruba woodcarving by Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D

african art, artist lecture

Photos from our Artist's Talk, held on Sept. 13th, 2012.  Contemporary Yoruba Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D. discussed his work,shown above.  The artist dedicates this exhibit to the participants in the Greater Tomorrow Youth Art Program.

Aug 03, 2012 - 02:52 pm CDT

The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) had a great anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

audience at DAC's anniverasry celebration

This celebration included exciting activities inspired by our arts school, theater, and gallery. We offered free activities, festivities and a great concert. The anniversary party went on from 4 to 8 pm, ending with our concert headliner, ATASH, the well-known, Austin world music band.

DAC celebration

The celebration’s program included:

Russell Wiseman MC

Russell Wiseman our great and humorous Master of Ceremonies.

Austin City Ballet

• Austin City Ballet - who also perform the Nutcracker suite every Christmas on our stage.

Dance Discovery

• Dance Discovery - teaching contemporary dance to students of all ages.

 ArtsReach

• ArtsReach - a children themed, theater based, DAC outreach program, performed in Austin libraries.

Class Act Dancers

 

Class Act Dancers

• Class Act Dancers - a tap dancers troupe, who practice regularly at the DAC.

 

A poetry & sax performance  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

• A poetry & sax performance - by our members of our talented HAND management.

 

The band Atash

• Atash - Austin's own world-class, world-music band.

We felt ATASH's world-music, would be the perfect way to help us represent the incredible array of diverse talent that appears every weekend on our stage.

Also a special thanks to:

Brenda our folk dancer

Brenda, our expert folk dancer.

 

Gary our sound amn

Gary our experienced sound man.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

Whole families, their friends and neighbors joined us at the Dougherty Arts Center's Open House. Very informal and neighborly, many guests new each other. Other came from Houston, and San Antonio for real party.

Members of the Bolden family

Two members of the historic Austin Bolden family, representing three generations.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing, ceramics, or playing with cute little Robot animals.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Also both mother and daughter had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics

Also everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics.

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals.

We welcomed FODAC (Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center), helpful volunteers who manned a table with great information. They made an impassioned presentation, focused on the importance of the DAC in one little boy's artistic life.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center helpful volunteers who manned a table.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center had helpful volunteers that manned a table.

There are certainly a lot of reasons for the DAC to have so many friends. The DAC is an award-winning Cultural Arts Center that offers a variety of visual, performing and digital arts experiences for a broad audience through its three programming components:• Dougherty Arts Center Theater • The Julia C. Butridge Gallery • Dougherty Arts School.

Dac art exhibit

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery

Everybody loves the DAC Over the 30 years, the Dougherty Arts School has received many awards from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Austin Family Magazine. ACE Awards for Creativity from the City of Austin.

The Dougherty Arts School is a community-based arts organization focused on developing creativity in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Dougherty Arts School’s mission is to provide quality and multi-discipline arts educational programs for all ages through collaborations at all levels by teaching students to become future skilled workers, innovative leaders, and professional artists who make valued contributions to society.

Classes at the The Dougherty Arts School offers a range of programs for ages three years to senior adults with classes in; drawing, painting, darkroom and digital photography, ceramics, jewelry and metals, textiles, artist development, digital design and animation, theater and many  more.

 

 

children at the DAC summer school program

Children campers at the DAC summer school program.

 

Dac adult ceramic classes

DAC adult ceramic classes

Last year, in celebration of July as Parks and Recreation month, the DAC earned the Parks Department the national award for NRPA's 2011 Rock Your Park flash mob contest.

You can even watch the award winning video:

 

If you’re not familiar with us yet, we welcome you to discover your very accessible community Dougherty Arts Center. for more information please see:

www.Doughertyartscenter.org

Aug 03, 2012 - 01:37 pm CDT

Zilker Theater Productions and Austin Parks and Recreation Department are excited about the 2012 production of our Zilker Summer Musical.

sound of music at Zilker Hillside Theater

"The Sound of Music" the 2012 production.

This well-known storyline is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. This is a true story about the musically gifted von Trapp family. This musical, with its award winning music by Richard Rogers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein has produced many songs which have become universally loved and life affirming, inspirational tunes for several generations.

This is a great production. It's the largest cast that has ever performed in a Zilker summer production. The party scene at the von Trapp villa, with dozens of extras, really showed the effort put into this year's musical.

party scene during sound of music

The director's notes (printed in a beautifully produced program), states that he attempted to capture those memories most of us have from watching the movie version of the show. "I've bolstered these memories through performances of one of the most talented cast I've ever seen grace the Zilker stage" says director M. Scott Tatum. The differences between this production and the film he feels, represent the actual original intentions of the creators of the show.

sound of music

Only adding to the cast’s chemistry, are the many connections they have with each other (several sets of family members are on stage together) and multiple people have been worked together on these shows for over a decade.

sound of music bedroom scene

This year's cast included several sets of family members are on stage together

Michelle Haché, plays Maria von Trapp

Maria von Trapp

 

The leading female character, Maria, is expertly played by Michelle Haché. Michelle moved to Austin in 2009 after graduating from Juilliard School in New York City. Since arriving here, she has appeared in numerous productions and received many accolades and several awards. She completed her master of music degree from Oklahoma City University.

Joshua Denning, plays Captain von Trapp

sound of music family presentation

The leading male role, Captain von Trapp, is played by Joshua Denning who regularly appears in many Austin productions such as the ZACH Theater. Internationally, he has appeared in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (great practice for this role.) Joshua holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Wright State University and is the current Director of Performance Theater at McCallum Fine Arts Academy here in Austin.

audience at Zilker Hillside Theater

Admission has always been FREE!

A little Zilker Hillside Theater history
Originally created as a project of the Austin's Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) in 1959, the Zilker Summer Musical continues to provide high-quality musical theater entertainment to Central Texans and visitors from around the world.

orchestra at sound of music

The orchestra at the show.

friends enjoying the Musical

Good friends enjoying the evening out at the Zilker Hillside Theater musical.

Scene from the sound of music 2012 production

 

PARD and its History Arts & Nature Division together with the Zilker Theater Productions are dedicated to the celebration and preservation of that unique American art form, the Broadway musical. We will endeavor to continue our tradition, by mounting during the summers, large-scale, Broadway style, musical productions at the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theater in Austin's beautiful Zilker Park.

For FREE visitor and resident attractions year round from Austin Parks & Recreation Department visit:
http://www.austintexas.gov/blog/enjoy-free-visitor-resident-attractions-austin-parks-recreation-department

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Aug 03, 2012 - 01:02 pm CDT

What a Perfect way to enjoy the afternoon in the park with friends, family and a Bluegrass Concert.

Bluegrass concert at Big Stacy

What a way to spend a great Saturday afternoon lounging with friends on soft green grass enjoying Bluegrass.

This is what Austin Parks & Recreation Department does so well.

Friends at the concert

Close friends enjoying the afternoon show

Create a perfect way to enjoy the afternoon. Blankets were spread under the cooling shade of lush green tress. There was a laid back atmosphere of good neighbors, happy families and old friends. We had lots of great local talent being appreciated by their fans. The Lost Pines and Bottom Dollar String Band appeared. Both bands were Bluegrass, both different, both great.

family at concert

Whole families and friends enjoying the Concert.

If you like bluegrass, our two bands were fantastic.
Both the Bottom Dollar String Band & the Lost Pines graced our small stage.

 

lost pines Band

They've come a long way.

The Lost Pines have come a long way since busking on the street corners of South Congress back in 2007. The success of their first album, (Middle of the Morning,) paved the way for the band to make appearances on FOX, KUT, KGSR, and the KOOP, finish runner-up in the bluegrass category of the Austin Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll, and perform at many Bluegrass festivals. The Lost Pines recorded and released their second album Sweet Honey in 2011.

bottom Dollar string band

Local Central Texas boys.

Bottom Dollar String Band began making music in the hills of Central Texas in 2011 with just two instruments: a mandolin and banjo. Emerging into a six-piece band, Bottom Dollar immerses themselves in their music and heritage, and enjoys sharing their creations of old-time standards and new-grass originals live.

All and all a great concert. We look forward to our next concert at Pease Park on September 22nd,1-4 pm featuring the groups; CJ Vinson & Nano Whitman, together with Mother Falcon.

Family and friends at concert

Whole families and friends enjoying the park

The Music in the Parks series is a year-long concert series that provides free, live and diverse concerts to Austin's music-loving community in parks across the city.

 

Here's a video of a previous concert the Austin Nature & Science Center.

For FREE visitor and resident attractions year round from Austin Parks & Recreation Department visit:
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Jul 26, 2012 - 04:00 pm CDT

New art in public places (AIPP) installation celebrated at recent presentation by ESB-MACC artist in residence, Margarita Cabrera.

MACC at night

Margarita Cabrera

MACC's first artist in residence, Margarita Cabrera.

Visiting artisans from Mexico

Our, two visiting Oaxaca Mexican artisans, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria.

According to ESB-MACC's first visiting "artist in residence", Margarita Cabrera, "transformative" was the operative word at the recent evening event held in the main auditorium on July 19th, 2012.

searching for wood

Searching for the right wood.

 

searching for wood

Gathering the wood with the help of the City's arborist.

Transforming pieces of dead wood, selectively gathered at Austin's Guerrero Park (under the expert direction by one of the city's arborist).

Aztec dancer

Mexican folkloric dancers perform a ritual to honor the wood.

 

Aztec dancers

• Transforming discarded pieces of wood into appreciated scared objects through ancient Native-American ceremonial dances.

Artisans working on wood

Our visiting artists, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria working on pieces.

Transforming these same pieces of dried wood into objects of great beauty under the loving direction of two masters, members of a long line of Mexican artisans.

Mexican folk art

Examples of Alebrijes style art that will soon adorn the hallway and the entry way to the MACC's educational wing.

•Transforming a simple entryway into the educational wing into a magical passageway exciting the imagination of our young students and encouraging their inherent creativity.

 

Artist receiving awards

Everyone involved received plaques of achievements.

Transforming the lives of 18 new immigrants into becoming proud and integral members of the greater Austin Latino community.

group picture

A group picture showing pride of collaboration.

Finally, helping to further transform the ESB-MACC into a vehicle for enhancing the sense of community that the Center has always strived to achieve.

"Uprooted Dreams"

Margarita Cabrera, a well-respected El Paso artist, explained that she believes she was chosen by the "Art In Public Places (AIPP)" selection committee exactly because of her history of collaborative community projects. She proposed using her art installation project, titled "Uprooted Dreams" as a way of giving the local immigrant community a sense of enhanced belonging.  Equally compelling is her belief that each of us individually has the ability to make substantive differences in the world around us.

Large piece of art showing colorfull mosquito

One of the finished "Alebrijes" pieces, a giant phantasmagorical mosquito.

hallway where art will be installed

Working sketch of the ceiling layout for placement of final pieces and the hallway and the entry way to the MACC's educational wing that will be transformed by the beautiful installation.

This evening's event itself was rather unique. Whereas most AIPP events are intended to unveil the finished piece, this event was formatted to highlight the creative process itself by bringing the community into collaboration with the artists themselves. By having each artist explain the inspiration behind their art work, the entire community becomes part of the creative process.

small Taco stand in MACC lobby with art work for sale

The MACC staff came up with a creative way of displaying the "Alebrijes" that our artisan visitors brought with them from Mexico. A Taco stand!

Margarita at podium

Margarita Cabrera at the podium in the MACC's main auditorium.

The first part of the evening took place in the beautiful main auditorium. Margarita showed a short documentary she produced. Shot in a small Zapotec village within walking distance of the ancient ruins of Monte Alban just outside the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, we are introduced to our two visiting Mexican artisans, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria in their home workshop.

audience at MACC

Full house at MACC's main auditorium.

There, we were able to view the actual process of combining ancient Indian craft traditions and the newer artistic style called "alebrije" (meaning "god is content".) Utilizing the scared Copal tree's wood (a totally renewable resource), these beautiful sculptures are now sold throughout the world. This unique style was created in the 1970's and is generally recognized for its wild colors and phantasmagorical creatures.

samples of work by the local MACC artists

Samples of the "Alebrijes" created by our artists.

In the video, we are shown how the division of labor falls between the genders: women paint the wild imaginative figurines, men gather and carve the wood with sharp knives. We learned how this relatively new cooperative business venture gives local women a new and much welcomed sense of empowerment within the traditional (and sometimes abusive) "macho" Zapotec culture. Later the whole family takes Margarita to the ancient ruins to show her how centuries' old Copal trees have always played a significant role in Zapotec history.

 

aztec dancers

Segment from the video Margarita is creating about her project at the MACC.

We then saw two short video segments that will eventually be incorporated into a documentary about this project at the ESB-MACC. Lucila explained that while making the art, creative energy from the artisan enters the sculpture, and after completed, the same benevolent energy continues to radiate outward. I look forward to see the completed documentary when the project is done.

in Artist's work shop

Upstairs tour of the workshop area.

Once in the workshop area, each artist explained the inspiration behind their particular piece. They also spoke of their personal challenges, of separation from family, and country and the difficulties of being a stranger in a strange land. Each one spoke graciously of the kindness they found at the ESB-MACC, the solidarity they felt being a member of the team, and the hope for a better future that this project has given them.

two of the local MACC artists

Joy of Collaboration

It was very poignant and for me a real demonstration of the validity of Margarita's vision of the power of collaboration and the healing potential of this art work.

artist in work shop

Joy of exploring ones own creativity.

Artists gather in worhshop to celebrate

Joy from belonging.

Margarita working

Margarita at work.

MACC staff Linda and Herlinda

MACC staff Linda Irizarry Crockett and Herlinda Zamora, both pleased after an event well done.

We look forward to the exciting unveiling at the project's completion.

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Jul 19, 2012 - 11:30 am CDT

"Dougherty Art Games"- with downtown Austin skyline in the background, students from the Dougherty Arts Center Summer Camp program enjoyed a cool overcast day outdoors on July 17, 2012.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Art BuildingDougherty Arts School students work as a team to build up their paper dowels into fantastic art sculptures with downtown Austin skyline in the background to inspire them.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Dougherty Artlets – The Dougherty art-letes wave their flags from different made up countries.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Dougherty Art Games – You can see the Dougherty Arts Center in the background as Dougherty summer camp students parade to the top of Butler Park hill in celebration of the summer art games.

 

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Jul 18, 2012 - 01:17 pm CDT

At Broadway Bound Performance Camp, campers will create memories for a life-time and a fulfilling sense of accomplishment.

The first thing you see visiting the Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center during summer rehearsals is kids. You'll find 56 kids working hard and having a lot of fun as well. Skills learned here help better prepare our campers to meet many of life's future challenges.

Photo of stage at Broadway Bound sumomer camp at the Carver museum

campers at broadway bound summer camp

There are kids manning the spotlights, at the soundboard, designing costume and sets, as backstage managers, in the orchestra, managing scripts, and of course acting on stage.

campers at broadway bound summer camp

campers at broadway bound summer camp

Both as individuals and as a group they're learning the importance of working together. Here is a a diverse group of kids, 7-12 years old, many friends from previous summers together, but also many newcomers, mounting a professional level theatrical presentation. Different ages and backgrounds aside, they learn new skills focusing on a common goal: putting together an exacting performance choreographed down to the second. Over the course of this summer, our young campers will learn music, dance, and acting that culminate on the stage of the Boyd Vance Theater for three professional level performances.

campers at broadway bound summer camp

 

campers at broadway bound summer camp

Yet, the overwhelming success of this program for both the kids and their parents (enrollment fills up almost immediately after registration begins) is the passion and dedication that the adult instructors bring to the project.  Youngsters can easily intuit the personal interest that Para Agboga, (the program’s creator) and Jennifer Corzine, (assistant program coordinator) and several part time counselors have in the success of each of them as well as in the performance’s overall professionalism.

instuctors at broadway bound summer camp

Para Agboga (Broadway Bound Performance Camp program's creator)

To say their approach to direction is “hands-on” is an understatement. Without a doubt, these kids are as intent on displaying their newly developed commitment to their instructors as they are to display their newly acquired theater skills with their audience.

instuctors with kids at Broadway Bound

Jennifer Cozine (Theater Specialist) and Para Agboga assist with costumes.

instructors at Broadway Bound  camp at the Craver

Additional assistance from other dedicated staff members.

Many of us have cherished memories while in a childhood theatrical production. Pride, self-esteem, camaraderie, being part of a larger endeavor, developing a personal sense of perfection, and even time management are all characteristics and skill sets that will serve each camper for a life time. These are the experiences each young participant will gain from the seven weeks of rehearsal during this summer. Each camper’s memories will be different, but each memorable.

kids at Broadway bound summer camp

According to Para Agboga

"Broadway Bound Performing Arts Camp was born out of a dream that all children be participants in the performing arts.  The level at which we take our students is the highest we can reach…and there is no limit!  Students are challenged with beginning and completing a rather lengthy process, from audition to final bow.  We insist that they experience the project to the most realistic degree.  At the end of their seven week journey the students have conquered something many adults would find daunting…doing a full length Broadway show with all the bells and whistles!  Our events have an all student tech crew!  We are so proud that we have the capability to bring our participants into the wonderful world of imagination, magic, and just good hard work!  We know that when they leave BBPAC they are ready for anything!  After all, the shows are really just an example of life”.

 

Mitchell Reid, at broadway bound summer camp

Mitchell Reid

Although not its primary intent, several of the Broadway Bound campers become so motivated that they go on to further drama studies. This year, one of our volunteers, Mitchell Reid, an 11th grader at James Wood High School is planning on going to college to prepare for a career in the theater.

campers on stage

2012 production of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory will have three shows on July 20th and 21st.

This year, we magically travel to a world of confection, golden tickets, and intrigue during the summer of 2012’s Broadway Bound Theater Camp live production of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for three shows on July 20th and 21st.   The $7.00 admission for this family friendly performance assures a memorable Willy Wonka experience. 

Tickets are available at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, Texas 78702.

 

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Jul 16, 2012 - 02:46 pm CDT

INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY! Great fun!

As part of the celebration of Mud Day being embraced around the world, the Austin Nature & Science Center day camps participated in their own mud slide, mud bath, mud pie, and mud squish.  This festivity, recognized worldwide around June 29— culminated fun; exploring, playing and learning at the AN&SC’s outdoor area which is specially designed for our preschoolers.

photo of child enjoying international mud day

 

photo of child enjoying international mud day

Many of today’s educators feel these experiences are an important part of childhood. Aware that children today do not get outside and get dirty as generations before, camp staff created an opportunity for a messy, sensory experience playing in the mud.  Promoted by the World Forum Foundation's Nature Action Collaborative for Children, International Mud Day celebrates connecting people with the natural world.  Sponsoring organizations hope to create an appreciation for exploring the outdoors and showing children it's okay to get dirty.

Our kids seemed to agree and certainly voiced their approval for this unique experience and the chance to get messy!

photo of child enjoying international mud day

The Austin Nature and Science Center is part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. 

AN&SC summer camps for ages 4-16, engage kids in fun exploration and discovery of the outdoors.

pond at the Austin Nature & Science Center

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Jun 29, 2012 - 11:36 am CDT

Once again the ESB-MACC plays an important role in the Austin Latino Music scene.

A full house, standing room only audience attended our event on June 8th, 2012

Audience at ESB-MACC Alama Awards event

On June 8th the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) hosted “Sonidos del Barrio Showcase” (roughly translated: sounds from the old neighborhood.) This show, first produced in 2001, is presented in co-sponsorship with ALMA (Austin Latino Music Association).

2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez performing with Canonazo

2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez performing with Canonazo.

Linda Crockett, ESB-MACC, Marketing & Special Events, ESB-MACC, Rosendo Gomez President of Austin Tejano Music Coalition and Elizabeth Lopez board member of Austin Latino Music Association

Linda Crockett, ESB-MACC, Marketing & Special Events, ESB-MACC, Rosendo Gomez President of Austin Tejano Music Coalition and Elizabeth Lopez board member of Austin Latino Music Association

 Rosendo Gomez and Herlinda Zamora, Manager ESB-MACC,

Rosendo Gomez and Herlinda Zamora, Manager, ESB-MACC

The ESB-MACC is proud to help foster this organization’s activities. The ESB-MACC provides a focal point where the Latino Community (and all of Austin) can come together and celebrate our shared Latino heritages. Events like this, open to all and well attended, go a long way to helping fulfill our promise to our community.

The mission of ALMA, (Austin Latino Music Association) meaning “soul” in English, is to increase knowledge and awareness of local Latino music and important figures in Austin’s Latino music scene. ALMA provides important exposure and resources to local musicians, and assists in the development of young musicians who will keep Latino musical styles and traditions alive in the Capital City.

Former city councilman Raul Alvarez and President of ALMA with son honoring Gilbert Alba with special award .

Former city councilman Raul Alvarez and President of ALMA with son honoring Gilbert Alba with special award.

Rosendo Gomez and 2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez

Rosendo Gomez and 2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez.

painting of Tejano icons

Painting of Tejano icons displayed at event.

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Sep 14, 2012 - 11:48 am CDT

New Exhibit at theGeorge Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, September 6 - January 5, 2013

Sculptural woodcarving is the preeminent traditional art form among the Yoruba. Yoruba woodcarvers are widely acknowledged for their superior craftsmanship. Known as “agbegi lere”  (carver of wood-figures), Yoruba woodcarvers are held in high esteem within their society.

african art, wood carving, exhibit

ÈRE is a Yoruba term that means “sculpture” or “statuary”. More precisely, as used in the title of this exhibition, ÈRE encapsulates the art genre of the Yoruba Master Carvers and summarizes the plurality of Yoruba statuary as secular, utilitarian, architectural, and spiritual. The transcendental import of its duality as sacred object and spirit signify the physical manifestation of a Yoruba worldview.

african art, wood carving, exhibit photo

Traditional Art

ÉRE, the core of this two-part exhibition entails outstanding sculptures by three globally renowned Yoruba master carvers: Olowe of Ise (1875-1938), Dada Areogun of Osi-IIorin (1880-1954), and Bamgboye ofOdo-Owa (1893-1978). These artists were mostly commissioned by Yoruba royalty, religious organizations, and wealthy patrons to produce household and religious objects, such as doors, veranda posts, and ceremonial carvings. Their aesthetic expressions are predicated on the traditional Yoruba concept of beautification known as oju-ona. Oju-ona signifies adornment of surfaces with traditional Yoruba motifs, patterns, and symbols.

Emphasis on elaborate surface embellishment and elegant geometric forms are distinguishing characteristics of Yoruba carving. The masterworks shown in ÉRE are analogous to poetry in their dynamic composition, rhythm, and harmony.

Featured Master Carvers of Traditional Yoruba Art now on exhibit are: Olowe of Ise, Dada Areogun, and Bamgboye of Odo-Owa.

 

african art, wood carving, artist lecture

Contemporary Yoruba Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D discusses his work with Bernadette Phifer, Manager of the Carver.

african art

Contemporary Art

REFLECTIONS, features the art of Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D., whose artwork is mostly influenced by his experience and knowledge of traditional Yoruba art, including an early apprenticeship in Yoruba woodcarving. The highly textured surface and profuse use of traditional Yoruba patterns and symbols in his oeuvre, especially in his low-relief sculpture, is reminiscent of the stylistic approach of the Yoruba masterworks of Olowe, Areogun, and Bamgboye.

african art, wood carving

Contemporary Yoruba woodcarving by Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D

african art, wood carving

 

african art, wood carving

Traditional Yoruba Art now on exhibit with pieces by: Olowe of Ise, Dada Areogun, and Bamgboye of Odo-Owa.

african art, wood carving

Contemporary Yoruba woodcarving by Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D

african art, artist lecture

Photos from our Artist's Talk, held on Sept. 13th, 2012.  Contemporary Yoruba Artist Christopher Olubunmi Adejumo, Ph.D. discussed his work,shown above.  The artist dedicates this exhibit to the participants in the Greater Tomorrow Youth Art Program.

Austin Arts and Parks
Aug 03, 2012 - 02:52 pm CDT

The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) had a great anniversary celebration on Thursday, July 26th, 2012

audience at DAC's anniverasry celebration

This celebration included exciting activities inspired by our arts school, theater, and gallery. We offered free activities, festivities and a great concert. The anniversary party went on from 4 to 8 pm, ending with our concert headliner, ATASH, the well-known, Austin world music band.

DAC celebration

The celebration’s program included:

Russell Wiseman MC

Russell Wiseman our great and humorous Master of Ceremonies.

Austin City Ballet

• Austin City Ballet - who also perform the Nutcracker suite every Christmas on our stage.

Dance Discovery

• Dance Discovery - teaching contemporary dance to students of all ages.

 ArtsReach

• ArtsReach - a children themed, theater based, DAC outreach program, performed in Austin libraries.

Class Act Dancers

 

Class Act Dancers

• Class Act Dancers - a tap dancers troupe, who practice regularly at the DAC.

 

A poetry & sax performance  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by  Laura Esparza

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

A poetry & sax performance by Melba Martinez

• A poetry & sax performance - by our members of our talented HAND management.

 

The band Atash

• Atash - Austin's own world-class, world-music band.

We felt ATASH's world-music, would be the perfect way to help us represent the incredible array of diverse talent that appears every weekend on our stage.

Also a special thanks to:

Brenda our folk dancer

Brenda, our expert folk dancer.

 

Gary our sound amn

Gary our experienced sound man.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

We all shared music and dance performances with terrific Austin talent.

Whole families, their friends and neighbors joined us at the Dougherty Arts Center's Open House. Very informal and neighborly, many guests new each other. Other came from Houston, and San Antonio for real party.

Members of the Bolden family

Two members of the historic Austin Bolden family, representing three generations.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing, ceramics, or playing with cute little Robot animals.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at drawing

Also both mother and daughter had a chance to try their hand at drawing.

Everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics

Also everyone had a chance to try their hand at ceramics.

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals

Everyone had a chance playing with cute little Robot animals.

We welcomed FODAC (Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center), helpful volunteers who manned a table with great information. They made an impassioned presentation, focused on the importance of the DAC in one little boy's artistic life.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center helpful volunteers who manned a table.

FODAC, Friends of the Dougherty Arts Center had helpful volunteers that manned a table.

There are certainly a lot of reasons for the DAC to have so many friends. The DAC is an award-winning Cultural Arts Center that offers a variety of visual, performing and digital arts experiences for a broad audience through its three programming components:• Dougherty Arts Center Theater • The Julia C. Butridge Gallery • Dougherty Arts School.

Dac art exhibit

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery

Everybody loves the DAC Over the 30 years, the Dougherty Arts School has received many awards from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS), the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Austin Family Magazine. ACE Awards for Creativity from the City of Austin.

The Dougherty Arts School is a community-based arts organization focused on developing creativity in a multi-disciplinary environment. The Dougherty Arts School’s mission is to provide quality and multi-discipline arts educational programs for all ages through collaborations at all levels by teaching students to become future skilled workers, innovative leaders, and professional artists who make valued contributions to society.

Classes at the The Dougherty Arts School offers a range of programs for ages three years to senior adults with classes in; drawing, painting, darkroom and digital photography, ceramics, jewelry and metals, textiles, artist development, digital design and animation, theater and many  more.

 

 

children at the DAC summer school program

Children campers at the DAC summer school program.

 

Dac adult ceramic classes

DAC adult ceramic classes

Last year, in celebration of July as Parks and Recreation month, the DAC earned the Parks Department the national award for NRPA's 2011 Rock Your Park flash mob contest.

You can even watch the award winning video:

 

If you’re not familiar with us yet, we welcome you to discover your very accessible community Dougherty Arts Center. for more information please see:

www.Doughertyartscenter.org

Austin Arts and Parks
Aug 03, 2012 - 01:37 pm CDT

Zilker Theater Productions and Austin Parks and Recreation Department are excited about the 2012 production of our Zilker Summer Musical.

sound of music at Zilker Hillside Theater

"The Sound of Music" the 2012 production.

This well-known storyline is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. This is a true story about the musically gifted von Trapp family. This musical, with its award winning music by Richard Rogers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein has produced many songs which have become universally loved and life affirming, inspirational tunes for several generations.

This is a great production. It's the largest cast that has ever performed in a Zilker summer production. The party scene at the von Trapp villa, with dozens of extras, really showed the effort put into this year's musical.

party scene during sound of music

The director's notes (printed in a beautifully produced program), states that he attempted to capture those memories most of us have from watching the movie version of the show. "I've bolstered these memories through performances of one of the most talented cast I've ever seen grace the Zilker stage" says director M. Scott Tatum. The differences between this production and the film he feels, represent the actual original intentions of the creators of the show.

sound of music

Only adding to the cast’s chemistry, are the many connections they have with each other (several sets of family members are on stage together) and multiple people have been worked together on these shows for over a decade.

sound of music bedroom scene

This year's cast included several sets of family members are on stage together

Michelle Haché, plays Maria von Trapp

Maria von Trapp

 

The leading female character, Maria, is expertly played by Michelle Haché. Michelle moved to Austin in 2009 after graduating from Juilliard School in New York City. Since arriving here, she has appeared in numerous productions and received many accolades and several awards. She completed her master of music degree from Oklahoma City University.

Joshua Denning, plays Captain von Trapp

sound of music family presentation

The leading male role, Captain von Trapp, is played by Joshua Denning who regularly appears in many Austin productions such as the ZACH Theater. Internationally, he has appeared in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (great practice for this role.) Joshua holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Wright State University and is the current Director of Performance Theater at McCallum Fine Arts Academy here in Austin.

audience at Zilker Hillside Theater

Admission has always been FREE!

A little Zilker Hillside Theater history
Originally created as a project of the Austin's Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) in 1959, the Zilker Summer Musical continues to provide high-quality musical theater entertainment to Central Texans and visitors from around the world.

orchestra at sound of music

The orchestra at the show.

friends enjoying the Musical

Good friends enjoying the evening out at the Zilker Hillside Theater musical.

Scene from the sound of music 2012 production

 

PARD and its History Arts & Nature Division together with the Zilker Theater Productions are dedicated to the celebration and preservation of that unique American art form, the Broadway musical. We will endeavor to continue our tradition, by mounting during the summers, large-scale, Broadway style, musical productions at the Beverly S. Sheffield Hillside Theater in Austin's beautiful Zilker Park.

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Austin Arts and Parks
Aug 03, 2012 - 01:02 pm CDT

What a Perfect way to enjoy the afternoon in the park with friends, family and a Bluegrass Concert.

Bluegrass concert at Big Stacy

What a way to spend a great Saturday afternoon lounging with friends on soft green grass enjoying Bluegrass.

This is what Austin Parks & Recreation Department does so well.

Friends at the concert

Close friends enjoying the afternoon show

Create a perfect way to enjoy the afternoon. Blankets were spread under the cooling shade of lush green tress. There was a laid back atmosphere of good neighbors, happy families and old friends. We had lots of great local talent being appreciated by their fans. The Lost Pines and Bottom Dollar String Band appeared. Both bands were Bluegrass, both different, both great.

family at concert

Whole families and friends enjoying the Concert.

If you like bluegrass, our two bands were fantastic.
Both the Bottom Dollar String Band & the Lost Pines graced our small stage.

 

lost pines Band

They've come a long way.

The Lost Pines have come a long way since busking on the street corners of South Congress back in 2007. The success of their first album, (Middle of the Morning,) paved the way for the band to make appearances on FOX, KUT, KGSR, and the KOOP, finish runner-up in the bluegrass category of the Austin Chronicle’s Reader’s Poll, and perform at many Bluegrass festivals. The Lost Pines recorded and released their second album Sweet Honey in 2011.

bottom Dollar string band

Local Central Texas boys.

Bottom Dollar String Band began making music in the hills of Central Texas in 2011 with just two instruments: a mandolin and banjo. Emerging into a six-piece band, Bottom Dollar immerses themselves in their music and heritage, and enjoys sharing their creations of old-time standards and new-grass originals live.

All and all a great concert. We look forward to our next concert at Pease Park on September 22nd,1-4 pm featuring the groups; CJ Vinson & Nano Whitman, together with Mother Falcon.

Family and friends at concert

Whole families and friends enjoying the park

The Music in the Parks series is a year-long concert series that provides free, live and diverse concerts to Austin's music-loving community in parks across the city.

 

Here's a video of a previous concert the Austin Nature & Science Center.

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Austin Arts and Parks
Jul 26, 2012 - 04:00 pm CDT

New art in public places (AIPP) installation celebrated at recent presentation by ESB-MACC artist in residence, Margarita Cabrera.

MACC at night

Margarita Cabrera

MACC's first artist in residence, Margarita Cabrera.

Visiting artisans from Mexico

Our, two visiting Oaxaca Mexican artisans, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria.

According to ESB-MACC's first visiting "artist in residence", Margarita Cabrera, "transformative" was the operative word at the recent evening event held in the main auditorium on July 19th, 2012.

searching for wood

Searching for the right wood.

 

searching for wood

Gathering the wood with the help of the City's arborist.

Transforming pieces of dead wood, selectively gathered at Austin's Guerrero Park (under the expert direction by one of the city's arborist).

Aztec dancer

Mexican folkloric dancers perform a ritual to honor the wood.

 

Aztec dancers

• Transforming discarded pieces of wood into appreciated scared objects through ancient Native-American ceremonial dances.

Artisans working on wood

Our visiting artists, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria working on pieces.

Transforming these same pieces of dried wood into objects of great beauty under the loving direction of two masters, members of a long line of Mexican artisans.

Mexican folk art

Examples of Alebrijes style art that will soon adorn the hallway and the entry way to the MACC's educational wing.

•Transforming a simple entryway into the educational wing into a magical passageway exciting the imagination of our young students and encouraging their inherent creativity.

 

Artist receiving awards

Everyone involved received plaques of achievements.

Transforming the lives of 18 new immigrants into becoming proud and integral members of the greater Austin Latino community.

group picture

A group picture showing pride of collaboration.

Finally, helping to further transform the ESB-MACC into a vehicle for enhancing the sense of community that the Center has always strived to achieve.

"Uprooted Dreams"

Margarita Cabrera, a well-respected El Paso artist, explained that she believes she was chosen by the "Art In Public Places (AIPP)" selection committee exactly because of her history of collaborative community projects. She proposed using her art installation project, titled "Uprooted Dreams" as a way of giving the local immigrant community a sense of enhanced belonging.  Equally compelling is her belief that each of us individually has the ability to make substantive differences in the world around us.

Large piece of art showing colorfull mosquito

One of the finished "Alebrijes" pieces, a giant phantasmagorical mosquito.

hallway where art will be installed

Working sketch of the ceiling layout for placement of final pieces and the hallway and the entry way to the MACC's educational wing that will be transformed by the beautiful installation.

This evening's event itself was rather unique. Whereas most AIPP events are intended to unveil the finished piece, this event was formatted to highlight the creative process itself by bringing the community into collaboration with the artists themselves. By having each artist explain the inspiration behind their art work, the entire community becomes part of the creative process.

small Taco stand in MACC lobby with art work for sale

The MACC staff came up with a creative way of displaying the "Alebrijes" that our artisan visitors brought with them from Mexico. A Taco stand!

Margarita at podium

Margarita Cabrera at the podium in the MACC's main auditorium.

The first part of the evening took place in the beautiful main auditorium. Margarita showed a short documentary she produced. Shot in a small Zapotec village within walking distance of the ancient ruins of Monte Alban just outside the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, we are introduced to our two visiting Mexican artisans, Ranulfo Sergio Santiago Ibañez and Lucila Sosa Luria in their home workshop.

audience at MACC

Full house at MACC's main auditorium.

There, we were able to view the actual process of combining ancient Indian craft traditions and the newer artistic style called "alebrije" (meaning "god is content".) Utilizing the scared Copal tree's wood (a totally renewable resource), these beautiful sculptures are now sold throughout the world. This unique style was created in the 1970's and is generally recognized for its wild colors and phantasmagorical creatures.

samples of work by the local MACC artists

Samples of the "Alebrijes" created by our artists.

In the video, we are shown how the division of labor falls between the genders: women paint the wild imaginative figurines, men gather and carve the wood with sharp knives. We learned how this relatively new cooperative business venture gives local women a new and much welcomed sense of empowerment within the traditional (and sometimes abusive) "macho" Zapotec culture. Later the whole family takes Margarita to the ancient ruins to show her how centuries' old Copal trees have always played a significant role in Zapotec history.

 

aztec dancers

Segment from the video Margarita is creating about her project at the MACC.

We then saw two short video segments that will eventually be incorporated into a documentary about this project at the ESB-MACC. Lucila explained that while making the art, creative energy from the artisan enters the sculpture, and after completed, the same benevolent energy continues to radiate outward. I look forward to see the completed documentary when the project is done.

in Artist's work shop

Upstairs tour of the workshop area.

Once in the workshop area, each artist explained the inspiration behind their particular piece. They also spoke of their personal challenges, of separation from family, and country and the difficulties of being a stranger in a strange land. Each one spoke graciously of the kindness they found at the ESB-MACC, the solidarity they felt being a member of the team, and the hope for a better future that this project has given them.

two of the local MACC artists

Joy of Collaboration

It was very poignant and for me a real demonstration of the validity of Margarita's vision of the power of collaboration and the healing potential of this art work.

artist in work shop

Joy of exploring ones own creativity.

Artists gather in worhshop to celebrate

Joy from belonging.

Margarita working

Margarita at work.

MACC staff Linda and Herlinda

MACC staff Linda Irizarry Crockett and Herlinda Zamora, both pleased after an event well done.

We look forward to the exciting unveiling at the project's completion.

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Austin Arts and Parks
Jul 19, 2012 - 11:30 am CDT

"Dougherty Art Games"- with downtown Austin skyline in the background, students from the Dougherty Arts Center Summer Camp program enjoyed a cool overcast day outdoors on July 17, 2012.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Art BuildingDougherty Arts School students work as a team to build up their paper dowels into fantastic art sculptures with downtown Austin skyline in the background to inspire them.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Dougherty Artlets – The Dougherty art-letes wave their flags from different made up countries.

DAC summer campers creating art in the park

Dougherty Art Games – You can see the Dougherty Arts Center in the background as Dougherty summer camp students parade to the top of Butler Park hill in celebration of the summer art games.

 

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Austin Arts and Parks
Jul 18, 2012 - 01:17 pm CDT

At Broadway Bound Performance Camp, campers will create memories for a life-time and a fulfilling sense of accomplishment.

The first thing you see visiting the Boyd Vance Theater at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center during summer rehearsals is kids. You'll find 56 kids working hard and having a lot of fun as well. Skills learned here help better prepare our campers to meet many of life's future challenges.

Photo of stage at Broadway Bound sumomer camp at the Carver museum

campers at broadway bound summer camp

There are kids manning the spotlights, at the soundboard, designing costume and sets, as backstage managers, in the orchestra, managing scripts, and of course acting on stage.

campers at broadway bound summer camp

campers at broadway bound summer camp

Both as individuals and as a group they're learning the importance of working together. Here is a a diverse group of kids, 7-12 years old, many friends from previous summers together, but also many newcomers, mounting a professional level theatrical presentation. Different ages and backgrounds aside, they learn new skills focusing on a common goal: putting together an exacting performance choreographed down to the second. Over the course of this summer, our young campers will learn music, dance, and acting that culminate on the stage of the Boyd Vance Theater for three professional level performances.

campers at broadway bound summer camp

 

campers at broadway bound summer camp

Yet, the overwhelming success of this program for both the kids and their parents (enrollment fills up almost immediately after registration begins) is the passion and dedication that the adult instructors bring to the project.  Youngsters can easily intuit the personal interest that Para Agboga, (the program’s creator) and Jennifer Corzine, (assistant program coordinator) and several part time counselors have in the success of each of them as well as in the performance’s overall professionalism.

instuctors at broadway bound summer camp

Para Agboga (Broadway Bound Performance Camp program's creator)

To say their approach to direction is “hands-on” is an understatement. Without a doubt, these kids are as intent on displaying their newly developed commitment to their instructors as they are to display their newly acquired theater skills with their audience.

instuctors with kids at Broadway Bound

Jennifer Cozine (Theater Specialist) and Para Agboga assist with costumes.

instructors at Broadway Bound  camp at the Craver

Additional assistance from other dedicated staff members.

Many of us have cherished memories while in a childhood theatrical production. Pride, self-esteem, camaraderie, being part of a larger endeavor, developing a personal sense of perfection, and even time management are all characteristics and skill sets that will serve each camper for a life time. These are the experiences each young participant will gain from the seven weeks of rehearsal during this summer. Each camper’s memories will be different, but each memorable.

kids at Broadway bound summer camp

According to Para Agboga

"Broadway Bound Performing Arts Camp was born out of a dream that all children be participants in the performing arts.  The level at which we take our students is the highest we can reach…and there is no limit!  Students are challenged with beginning and completing a rather lengthy process, from audition to final bow.  We insist that they experience the project to the most realistic degree.  At the end of their seven week journey the students have conquered something many adults would find daunting…doing a full length Broadway show with all the bells and whistles!  Our events have an all student tech crew!  We are so proud that we have the capability to bring our participants into the wonderful world of imagination, magic, and just good hard work!  We know that when they leave BBPAC they are ready for anything!  After all, the shows are really just an example of life”.

 

Mitchell Reid, at broadway bound summer camp

Mitchell Reid

Although not its primary intent, several of the Broadway Bound campers become so motivated that they go on to further drama studies. This year, one of our volunteers, Mitchell Reid, an 11th grader at James Wood High School is planning on going to college to prepare for a career in the theater.

campers on stage

2012 production of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory will have three shows on July 20th and 21st.

This year, we magically travel to a world of confection, golden tickets, and intrigue during the summer of 2012’s Broadway Bound Theater Camp live production of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for three shows on July 20th and 21st.   The $7.00 admission for this family friendly performance assures a memorable Willy Wonka experience. 

Tickets are available at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street, Austin, Texas 78702.

 

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Austin Arts and Parks
Jul 16, 2012 - 02:46 pm CDT

INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY! Great fun!

As part of the celebration of Mud Day being embraced around the world, the Austin Nature & Science Center day camps participated in their own mud slide, mud bath, mud pie, and mud squish.  This festivity, recognized worldwide around June 29— culminated fun; exploring, playing and learning at the AN&SC’s outdoor area which is specially designed for our preschoolers.

photo of child enjoying international mud day

 

photo of child enjoying international mud day

Many of today’s educators feel these experiences are an important part of childhood. Aware that children today do not get outside and get dirty as generations before, camp staff created an opportunity for a messy, sensory experience playing in the mud.  Promoted by the World Forum Foundation's Nature Action Collaborative for Children, International Mud Day celebrates connecting people with the natural world.  Sponsoring organizations hope to create an appreciation for exploring the outdoors and showing children it's okay to get dirty.

Our kids seemed to agree and certainly voiced their approval for this unique experience and the chance to get messy!

photo of child enjoying international mud day

The Austin Nature and Science Center is part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. 

AN&SC summer camps for ages 4-16, engage kids in fun exploration and discovery of the outdoors.

pond at the Austin Nature & Science Center

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Jun 29, 2012 - 11:36 am CDT

Once again the ESB-MACC plays an important role in the Austin Latino Music scene.

A full house, standing room only audience attended our event on June 8th, 2012

Audience at ESB-MACC Alama Awards event

On June 8th the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) hosted “Sonidos del Barrio Showcase” (roughly translated: sounds from the old neighborhood.) This show, first produced in 2001, is presented in co-sponsorship with ALMA (Austin Latino Music Association).

2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez performing with Canonazo

2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez performing with Canonazo.

Linda Crockett, ESB-MACC, Marketing & Special Events, ESB-MACC, Rosendo Gomez President of Austin Tejano Music Coalition and Elizabeth Lopez board member of Austin Latino Music Association

Linda Crockett, ESB-MACC, Marketing & Special Events, ESB-MACC, Rosendo Gomez President of Austin Tejano Music Coalition and Elizabeth Lopez board member of Austin Latino Music Association

 Rosendo Gomez and Herlinda Zamora, Manager ESB-MACC,

Rosendo Gomez and Herlinda Zamora, Manager, ESB-MACC

The ESB-MACC is proud to help foster this organization’s activities. The ESB-MACC provides a focal point where the Latino Community (and all of Austin) can come together and celebrate our shared Latino heritages. Events like this, open to all and well attended, go a long way to helping fulfill our promise to our community.

The mission of ALMA, (Austin Latino Music Association) meaning “soul” in English, is to increase knowledge and awareness of local Latino music and important figures in Austin’s Latino music scene. ALMA provides important exposure and resources to local musicians, and assists in the development of young musicians who will keep Latino musical styles and traditions alive in the Capital City.

Former city councilman Raul Alvarez and President of ALMA with son honoring Gilbert Alba with special award .

Former city councilman Raul Alvarez and President of ALMA with son honoring Gilbert Alba with special award.

Rosendo Gomez and 2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez

Rosendo Gomez and 2011 Tejano Idol contestant Nicky Lopez.

painting of Tejano icons

Painting of Tejano icons displayed at event.

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