La Mujer: A Celebration of Women
In-Person Art Activations and Virtual Mural Presentation
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents:
La Mujer: A Celebration of Women
In its 12th year, the ESB MACC's annual La Mujer festival was originally inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who is considered the first feminist of the Americas.
In April 2023, this festival will take place in various locations in Austin, leading up to a virtual presentation of the La Mujer mosaic mural on April 29th.
La Mujer as a signature MACC event has historically been a multidisciplinary festival that includes hands-on art making activities, women storytelling workshops, live performances and family-friendly cultural arts activities. Artists, entertainers, teachers, and business owners come together to empower women in a welcoming space geared towards community building, education and skill sharing, and entertainment.
Locations & Dates
The MACC building (at 600 River St.) is currently closed for its Phase 2 expansion and renovation, so this year’s La Mujer event will be a series of activities in locations that span various parts of Austin, including partner organizations like the Carver Museum and Austin Public Library.
What is an "Art Activation"?
The activities and events listed below are "activations" or La Mujer-focused activities that can bring awareness to the accomplishments of women, engage the MACC community in wellness and art-making activities, and create conscious spaces where women can be seen, heard, and empowered. Film screenings, pop-up activity tables, workshops, and youth-focused art activities are all examples of this year's art activations.
La Mujer Pop-Up Guide
A printed La Mujer Pop-Up Guide (small booklet) will be offered for free at all of these events, where event attendees can mark off which La Mujer events they attend. At any of the events below, request a printed guide and get a stamp to record your attendance. Attendees can even get a special prize at the end of April for attending three or more of the La Mujer events. Free La Mujer Pop-Up guides are also available at the the Carver Museum or the Dougherty Arts Center.
We want to hear from YOU! Who inspires you? Is it your mom, sister, daughter, colleague, or friend? Is there a powerful (poderosa) Latinx role model for you and/or the community? At any of these La Mujer activations, fill out a nomination to be featured on the MACC's Facebook or Instagram. (See a video of past nominations!)
Mujeres Poderosas Nomination Form
La Mujer Activations- Guidelines
All programs and events listed below are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Vestido Rojo event and Adult Story Hour, noted in the event descriptions below.
For events with specific age requirements, those details are listed in the event descriptions below. If no age is indicated, it is appropriate for all ages.
These events take place at various locations in Austin. For example, one event location is the Austin Central Library. These events do not take place at the ESB MACC. The mural unveiling on April 29 will be a virtual event that will be shared on the MACC's Facebook and Instagram. For location-specific parking instructions for each location listed below, please see the event description and navigate to the provided links for more information.
La Mujer Activations- Dates and Locations
Day of Wellness
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Sunset Valley Community Garden
1160 Lone Oak Trail, Sunset Valley, TX 78745
Facebook & Calendar
* All Ages (youth-friendly!)
* Wellness/ Exercise/ Health
Join us for our annual Day of Wellness at our Healing Garden’s new temporary location in the peaceful Sunset Valley organic Community Garden. Please dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. For more information contact Lorie Martinez at (512) 974-3773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees can pick up their La Mujer Pop Up Guide (booklet) on this day and get their first stamp on their passport for participating in the Day of Wellness. There will be a MACC table with information about all wellness programming. There will be an art activity that is appropriate for all ages.
- 8:30am: Hike with a Doctor
- 9:30am: Gardening
- 10:30am: Yoga & Meditation
- 11:30am-1pm: Nature Painting Demo, Live Classical Guitar, Craft Project
Hike with a Doctor:
Please arrive on time. The trail is flat but rocky in some places - please wear appropriate shoes. We will walk 2-2.5 miles depending on the group's preference. Dogs welcome on hike if well behaved and on leash, but not allowed in the garden area so please leave your furry friend at home if you'd like to garden afterward.
Pre-registration not required but if you RSVP to email@example.com by Sat, March 25, you can text if you have questions Sunday morning.
Please register on Givepulse to participate in the garden workday. We'll weed, plant herbs, vegetables, flowers and prepare our garden for the Spring!
Expect a gentle practice that accommodates all abilities. Some mats will be provided - feel free to bring your own.
Nature Painting Demo
Artist Miguel Santana will demonstrate and paint nature scenes inspired by our surroundings. Musician Isai Chacon will provide a soothing soundtrack for our activities with Flamenco acoustic guitar. Join us for a simple craft project that you can take home as a memento of the event!
ESB MACC Healing Garden video
Adult Story Hour- Women's History Month Edition
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Austin Central Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701
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* Recommended for 18+
* Literature/ Libraries
* Conversations/ Storytelling
Join us as long-time Austin community gardeners, Harv'e Franks and Donna Hoffman tell their stories of the healing powers of mother nature and how women can tap into their own connections to the environment. Then listen to other attendees or share your own stories celebrating women.
Vestido Rojo by American Heart Association
Saturday, April 1, 2023
Austin Marriot South
4415 S I-35 Frontage Rd, Austin, TX 78744
*Adult event (18+)
*Spanish language event (todo en español)
Activities at this event include doctor’s panels, screenings, and interactive portions that are focused towards women in the Latina Community. At this event organized by the American Heart Association, the ESB MACC will have take-home activity sets/ coloring and passport prizes. This event is conducted in Spanish.
- There is complimentary parking on the surface lot and in the underground garage. You are welcome to park in either place, and there is no validation needed.
- 8:00am: Registration Begins! (Health Screenings, Mini Health Fair, and Photo Booth)
- 8:45am: Breakfast begins inside the ballroom.
- 9:05am: Welcome by Claudia Talamantez from Univision Media
- 9:15am: Doctor’s Panel with Ascension Seton, Baylor Scott & White, and CNS
- 10:15am: BREAK
- 10:30am: Nutritionist Talk by Total Wellness
- 10:45am: CPR Demonstration by UT Hispanic Nursing Student Association
- 11:00am: Zumba by It’s Time Texas
- 11:30am: Closing Remarks
For questions about this event or group registrations, contact Maggie Glenn at Maggie.Glenn@heart.org or 512-338-2419.
Sábados en Familia
Saturday, April 8, 2023
10:00am - 12:00pm
Facebook & Calendar Event
Austin Central Library
710 W. César Chávez St.
Children's Area (3rd floor)
*Kid- friendly, all ages
*Hands-on story and activity for families
*Cultural art education
Sábados en Familia (Saturdays with family) is a monthly program, usually offered on the second Saturday of the month, at local libraries. Participants will engage in a bilingual storytime and hands-on cultural arts activities that reflect the creative endeavors and diverse interests of the Austin community. This month's book will be The Woman Who Outshone the sun and the instructor will be MACC teacher Futa 'Ofamo'oni.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Elisabet Ney Museum
303 East 44th Street, Austin TX 78751
Facebook & Calendar Event
*Outdoors & Indoors
*Activity booths from various partners
On this day, at the Elisabet Ney Museum, the ESB MACC will provide an art activity for all ages. There will also be a screening of a short film about the La Mujer Mosaic mural at the MACC created by the Teen Caminos program at the MACC. Look for the purple MACC tent to get your La Mujer Pop-Up guide booklet stamped and make an art project! The ESB MACC will also sponsor an Afro Latin flow class at Ney Day.
Celebrate Elisabet Ney and her legacy by joining us for our ninth annual NEY DAY! To commemorate this iconic artist, we will host an afternoon event dedicated to women in the arts, sciences and civic culture. Like in years past, there will be a ton of artist-led projects, demonstrations, games, music and food! In addition to the ESB MACC, the NEy will also have booths set up by Latinitas Magazine, Typewriter Tarot, Batik by Design, Girlstart, Girls Empowerment Network. Ney Day will be free and open to all ages!
Film Screening: Mama Irene
Thursday, April 27
5:00pm- Spanish film screening
7:00pm- English film screening
Carver Museum and Genealogy Center
1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702
*Panel discussion/ talkback
The ESB MACC is organizing this film screening at the Carver, one of our partner sites. There will not be any hands-on activities, but the MACC will provide information on upcoming programs, swag and the printed La Mujer Pop-Up guide (small booklet).
Film synopsis: 86-year-old Peruvian shaman and healer Mama Irene, whose gifts first appeared when she was only a young child, lives in the heart of the Andes. Brought to us by a filmmaker who experienced Mama Irene’s healing powers firsthand, Healer of the Andes opens a window into her daily life as she tends to the women and children who come to her for healing and guidance. Drawing on the indigenous knowledge of her culture and traditions in danger of being lost forever, Mama Irene compassionately treats both the emotional and physical wounds of her patients.
La Mujer Mosaic Unveiling (virtual)
Saturday, April 29th, 2023
Virtual: MACC Facebook
- All Ages
- Virtual Format- warch online
- Caminos teen muralists and mentors
- Community based public art project
The ESB MACC will officially unveil its La Mujer mosaic mural which was recently installed as a permanent art installation. It was created by participants in the ESB MACC's Caminos teen leadership program under the guidance of local muralist Jay Muzacz and Caminos coordinator Frederico Geib. This beautiful mosaic mural is truly representative of our MACC community. It has been installed as a permanent outdoor artwork at the Southeast corner of the MACC, at the edge of the property, by the Hike & Bike trail.
The mural was designed and created tile by tile to depict strong Latina leaders; mujeres that have inspired our teens to reach their greatest potential. Some of the iconic role models featured in the mural include Selena Quintanilla, Dolores Huerta, and Emma Barrientos. The mural celebrates their courage and success as trailblazers in art, music, and dance as well as their dual roles of activists, mothers, and community leaders.
Since the ESB MACC is closed to the public, this will be a virtual event. Anyone can view the event on the MACC's Facebook and watch along and comment as they learn about the inspiration behind the artwork with the very MACC community members who created it. Join us online on April 29th!
Various Locations- see description
Austin, TX 78701