The Latino Arts Residency Program (LARP) is a City of Austin Parks and Recreation program that began in 2013 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC). LARP fosters the development of Austin-area Latino arts organizations and artists in all disciplines in an effort to build and enhance quality, sustainable community arts, and cultural programming. LARP is completing a shift to the Latino Arts Residency Program after a review in 2019.

A boy leans in to take a closer look at the Bizarbie piece created by LARP artist April Garcia.


In 2011, City Council passed Resolution 71 to provide one-time funding to establish the Latino Arts Residency Program (LARP) at the ESB-MACC. LARP was initiated as a pilot program in 2013 with the first cohort of artists.

Since 2013, the program has reached thousands of community members. In 2018, the Artists Access Program began accepting applications after a lengthy community engagement process. In November 2018, the ESB-MACC Advisory Board passed a resolution recommending the continuation of LARP at ESB-MACC.

Program Review

When the LARP began in 2013, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) did not have established community engagement standards. A Review Panel was established consisting of two members from the ESB-MACC Advisory Board, two commissioners from the Hispanic-Latino Quality of Life Commission, and one commissioner from the Arts Commission. They offered program recommendations to the PARD Executive Team based on feedback from LARP past and present participants, ESB-MACC staff members, and other community members, especially Latinx artists from the Austin area. The Review covered the following areas:

Panel Recommendations

Community Engagement

Contract Review

Review the Contract Draft here (PDF), provide feedback on SpeakUp Austin here. Contract Review will end Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Community Meeting

March 25, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Meeting participants learned about LARP and offered input for the review.

Small Group Meetings at ESB-MACC

February 28, 2019
Noon to 2:00 PM

LARP Past & Present Participants
March 4, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 PM