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Mission Statement: The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures. Read about the history of the ESB-MACC.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is currently open Monday-Friday 10-6, and 10-4 on Saturdays

Please visit our galleries! Our last day to view the gallery is December 8, 2022.  

Do you have program feedback? Tell us at www.MACCsurvey.net.

Do you want to join a MACC Board Meeting? https://www.austintexas.gov/MaccBoard

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MACC PHASE 2 EXPANSION

The ESB MACC has entered Phase 2 of the 2018 Facility Expansion Plan (2018 Plan) approved by City Council. Phase 2 includes expansion and renovation of the facility in addition to site improvements in order to meet the growing needs of the community. Learn more about Phase 2 on the Project Page and discover how Phase 2 relates to the past, present, and future of the MACC in the Phase 2 Online Exhibit. This exhibit is also available in Spanish: Ver Fase 2 en Espanol.

GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Saturday, December 10th

Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department to celebrate the groundbreaking for the Phase 2 expansion. This is an outdoor event, please dress appropriately.

First-come first-served parking on site, please carpool!

9:30 am - Music - Daniel Llanes

9:50 am - Blessing of the Grounds - Daniel Llanes

10 am - Groundbreaking Speakers and Ceremony

When is the MACC closing?

The ESB MACC building will close to the public after December 18, 2022. The MACC building will be closed in 2023 and 2024, and reopening in 2025.

What are the plans for the building expansion?

Ongoing updates about the Phase 2 plans, including the schematic drawings for the building, can be found on the Phase 2 Project Page. The ESB MACC also created an online exhibit about Phase 2 that chronicles the history of our building plans and shows drawings of the new plans.View the Phase 2 Online Exhibit. This exhibit is also available in Spanish: Ver Fase 2 en Espanol.

Where will programs take place when the building is closed?

Great question! We will continue to have our regular programs and events, even when our building is closed.

We will be moving all of our programs to other sites for two years: 2023-2024. We won’t be able to use our building for those two years, but we will have a new opportunity to host programs in other places, especially in underserved areas of Austin.

Some of the locations that will host our programs incluse City of Austin Recreation Centers, City Parks, Schools, and Special Event Centers.

You can see updated locations for our programs at this page: https://sites.google.com/view/mymacc/home.

Who should I contact if I want a MACC program at my site in 2023-2024?

All of our major programs can be found at our Program Catalog, where you can choose programs that interest you to host at your site. Emails for each program are included in that catalog, or you can just email MACCEVENTS@austintexas.gov and tell us the program(s) you would like to host and when!

Will the MACC have a temporary office during the closure?

Yes – The MACC temporary office will be located at the Dougherty Arts Center. It is located at 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704.

Will the phone number to the MACC change?

No – the main line (512) 974-3772 will still be answered during normal business hours.  You may also leave a detailed voicemail and MACC staff will return your call as soon as possible. 

What's Happening with 64 Rainey Street, the "Pocket Park" Outside the MACC?

There has been a community engagement process for this park, read more here: https://www.austintexas.gov/news/64-rainey-street-pocket-park-rainey-street-historic-district

When is the last day the MACC is open to the public?

The ESB MACC is open for gallery visits through December 8, 2022.

It is open for regularly scheduled programs through Saturday, December 17th.

We invite you to participate in our final public programs that will be the last programs/ events to take place on site before the closure:

Dec 2 & 3- Taller Abierto Painting Class
Dec 3, 10, & 17- Bilingual Yoga
Dec 10- Groundbreaking Ceremony
Dec 8-18- La Pastorela Play
Dec 17- Escandalo Comedy

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DIGITAL PROGRAM GUIDE

For access to livestreams and other digital programs, follow us on Facebook at @ESBMACC and Instagram at @ESBMACC

View precorded digital programs at MaccSurvey.net. They are free and accessible to anyone who wants to learn more about Mexican-American and Latinx arts & culture.

You'll find lesson plans, performances, presentations, online art galleries, instructional videos, and more! Make sure to take a look at our Signature Events: Viva Mexico and Day of the Dead!

Did you view one of the digital programs? Let us know by filling out our 5-minute Program Survey! 

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On Exhibit

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Our center houses two galleries, featuring local, regional and national Latino/a artists. The Community Gallery is located downstairs at the entrance to our Auditorium, and the large Sam Z Coronado Gallery is located upstairs, at the elevator.

For tours, fill out a Tour Request Form

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Events, Programs, and Services

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We are proud to produce our annual events, work with community organizations and partnerships and co-produce collaborations with Latino organizations that are free and open to the public. Download a collaboration request form here. LAAP is a developmental program for Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines that provide arts and cultural programming to the Austin community. 

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Education and Programs

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We provide a variety of cultural arts classes and camps for adults and youth. Download the MACC Coloring Book! Call (512) 974-3772 or email macceducation@austintexas.gov.

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Caminos Teen Leadership Program

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The ESB-MACC 's Caminos program empowers Austin-area teens to carve their own path in the creative arts.

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Rentals & Reservations

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We offer various rental spaces. All rentals must serve the cultural, educational, artistic, or civic purpose of the ESB-MACC.

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Latino Artist Access Program

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The Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP) provides Latinx artists from all artistic disciplines the space and community to share their work with the public. Space can be used for rehearsals, performances, workshops or to create small-scale works of art. The ESB-MACC is proud to promote the events and programs of these talented artists. Check out the LAAP Artist Page

LAAP Events Calendar Oct-Dec 2022: [click here]

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Healing Garden

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At the ESB-MACC Healing Garden we grow herbs, fruits and vegetables that can be used for everyday meals and health. If you are interested in gardening or sharing in our harvest, join us for one of our workdays. Check out our Garden brochure in English or Spanish, and our Garden webpage in English or Spanish. For more information, contact us at 512.974.3773 or maccgarden@austintexas.gov.

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