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We are happy to announce our End of the Year Report is LIVE! 

The ESB MACC FY23 Annual Report (English/Spanish) highlights the programs, activities, and signature events that we had the pleasure of sharing with our community members in 2023. You can also view the report in text-only format in English or Spanish.

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Marketing Department




Healing Garden 


Caminos Teen Leadership Program


Holistic Wellness Program

Full Time Staff: 

Michelle Rojas  

Culture & Arts Site Manager

Eufemia Rivera

Culture & Arts Education Coordinator, Teen Caminos Program

Olivia Tamzarian

Culture & Arts Marketing and Outreach Representative

Lorie Martinez

Culture & Arts Coordinator- Holistic Wellness Program, Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP)

Marie Ortiz

Culture & Arts Supervisor

Tina Davila

Administrative Specialist

Luis Gutierrez 

Exhibit Specialist (Current location: Carver Museum)

Chris Owens 

Maintenance Worker (current location: Carver Museum)

Louis Arellano

Building and Grounds (current location: Asian American Resource Center)

Estrella de Leon

Cultural & Arts Special Events Coordinator, Events and Collaborations


Katya Guzman

Culture & Arts Education Coordinator, Academia Cuauhtli
Erik Granados

Culture & Arts Education Specialist

Support Staff:

Education Support Staff
Cassie Smith, Futa Ofamo OniCitlalli Soto-Ferate, Amy Pichardo, Ethan Estrada, Elizabeth Diaz, Jaime Martinez Marrero, Alonso Estrada, Montse PichardoPaulina Pereira, Frank Baca

Holistic Wellness Support Staff
Ricardo Rodriguez, Adrienne Sanchez, Ileana Botello

Caminos Teen Program Support Staff
Bobbi Isabella Hernandez, Nilmarie Gonzalez Ugarte, Adella Carcione

Graphic Design Support Staff
Florentino Diaz, Bianca Olivares Reyes 

Production Support Staff
Ulises Garcia-Vela, Mari Hernandez, Vanessa Montano, Marisa Rangel

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MACC staff during the groundbreaking ceremony in December 2022


The idea of establishing a cultural facility for Latino artists and the community emerged in the early 1970s.  Several Hispanic visionaries and artists approached the City of Austin to request support for the development of a Hispanic focused cultural arts facility.

Finally, in 1986, the City Council appointed a task force to determine the feasibility of building a Mexican American Cultural Center.  It was the first of various advisory groups created to provide guidance in the development of the center. Later, the City contracted the services of a major consulting team to conduct a formal and comprehensive location, market, financial feasibility and operations study.  The team’s recommendations supported establishment of a center.

In 1992, the center was part of the citywide bond package put before the voters.  The referendum did not pass.  By 1998, the community had regrouped and with the leadership provided by Hispanic elected officials and other leaders of the community, the 1999 bond package was approved by the voters. The following year, the City authorized a professional services agreement with CasaBella + Del Campo and Maru and Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon for architectural design and construction phase services. A Master Plan for the Mexican American Cultural Center was also developed with input from the community and from various Mexican American arts organizations. The long awaited ground breaking ceremony took place in November of 2005.  Construction of the Mexican American Cultural Center began in January of 2006, and the facility was completed in June of 2007.  The reality of the long-time dream was finalized on September 15, 2007 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by thousands from the community.

ESB-MACC Master Plan
Visit the ESB-MACC Master Plan page for more information regarding the master plan.

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Advisory Board:

Purpose: Advise Austin City Council about Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center operations. Cooperate with civic and volunteer groups involved in fostering, promoting and sponsoring activities at the ESB-MACC. (City Code Section 2-1-162)

Community Involvement: Community members are invited to attend ESB-MACC Advisory Board meetings to gain further understanding of its functions.
Authority: Ordinance No. 20071129-011
Membership: Citizens
Number of board members: 11
Terms: Four year staggered terms
Meetings: First Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at ESB-MACC, 600 River St., Austin, TX 78701.

MACC Advisory Board meetings

MACC Advisory Board Members

City of Austin Boards and Commissions Information

Read Our Monthly Staff Reports:

Advisory Board Staff Report 4.3.24
Advisory Board Staff Report 3.6.24
Advisory Board Staff Report 2.7.24
Advisory Board Staff Report 1.10.24


Advisory Board Staff Report 12.12.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 11.1.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 10.4.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 9.6.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 8.2.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 7.5.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 5.3.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 4.5.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 3.1.23
Advisory Board Staff Report 1.4.23

Advisory Board Staff Report 12.7.22
Advisory Board Staff Report 11.2.22
Advisory Board Staff Report 10.5.22
Advisory Board Staff Report 9.27.22
Advisory Board Staff Report 7.6.22
Advisory Board Staff Report 6.1.22.pdf
Advisory Board Staff Report 4.6.22.pdf
Advisory Board Staff Report 3.2.22.pdf
Advisory Board Staff Report 2.2.22.pdf
Advisory Board Staff Report 1.5.22.pdf

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