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The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals in Austin who have made significant contributions to the cultural arts. Nominations for 2021 are EXTENDED to May 8th! 


Established in 2009 by the MACC Advisory Board, this award recognizes remarkable Latinx for the highest artistic excellence they bring to the cultural arts of Austin, TX. Individuals or groups from any artistic discipline who have demonstrated distinguished service, leadership, dedication, outstanding performance and a lasting contribution to the arts can be considered for this honor. 

Nominations may be submitted by residents of the Greater Austin Metropolitan Area. 



Nominations may be submitted electronically using the Google Form or emailed to maccevents@austintexas.gov.

● Please submit no more than (2) nominees per category 

● Additional information may be submitted, such as recognitions, awards, critical reviews, etc.

● No self- nominations will be accepted.

● City of Austin staff and officials cannot submit nominations nor be nominated themselves.

Local artists from various disciplines who have made significant & outstanding achievements in Mexican American/ Latinx cultural arts may be nominated for this award. Individuals who have made significant impact or distinguished contributions to the Latinx cultural arts in Great Austin Metropolitan Area may also be nominated.

(1) The Arts
Those working in any medium including visual arts, dance, music, theater, radio, TV, film, performing arts, and history.

(2) Emerging Artist
Those who have shown innovative and exceptional accomplishments in the Latinx cultural arts. Youth to 25 years old, those who are just starting their career, or those who are mid-career may be considered for this award.

(3) Service
Those who have exhibited outstanding service as a volunteer and/or employee in the Latinx Cultural Arts

(4) Arts Educator
Those who educate our community about Latinx cultural arts. 

(5) Lifetime Achievement 
Those who have demonstrated a lifetime of passion and dedication to the Latinx cultural arts. 

Past Awards of Excellence Recipients:


John Estrada, Emerging Artist
Leticia Urieta, Arts Educator
Ender Martos, Visual Art
Ire'ne Lara Silva, Literary Art
Carrie Rodriguez, Music
Luis Guerra, Lifetime Acheivement


Lesly Reynaga, Emerging Artist
Dr. Emilio Zamora, Service
Nancy Flores, Media Arts
Fidencio Duran, Visual Arts
Ruben Ramos, Music
Martha P. Cotera, Lifetime Achievement


Tomas Salas, The Arts
Edgar Yepez, Arts Educator
Hector Miranda, Emerging Artist
Gloria Mata-Pennington, Lifetime Achievement
Enrique Cruz, Patronage


Liliana Wilson, Visual Arts
Tomas Medina, Music
Toni Bravo, Dance
Hector Galán, Film
Rupert and JoAnn Reyes, Theater
Michael Anthony Garcia, Multidisciplinary
Nora Comstock, Patronage
Council Member Renteria, Service
Gerardo Arellano, Emerging Artist
Roberto Mendoza, Arts Education
Sylvia Orozco, Lifetime Achievement


Jaime Salvador Castillo, Emerging Artist
Paloma Mayorga, Emerging Artist
Mario José Troncoso, Emerging Artist
Frank Rodriguez, Service
Rene Renteria, Service
Dr. Andrés Tijerina, Lifetime Achievement


Ezekiel “Zeke” Robert Castro, Lifetime Achievement
Eugenio del Bosque, Service
Mary Gonzalez-Reyna, Music
Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez, Theater & Dance
Cynthia Pérez, Service
Ishmael Soto, Visual Arts
José Treviño, Visual Arts
Tiarra Girls, Emerging Artist
Telemundo Austin, Patronage


Claudia Zapata, Service
Alfredo Estrada, Patronage
Anthony Ortiz Jr., Emerging Artist
Austin Latino Theater Alliance, Arts
Raul Valdez, Lifetime Achievement
Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, Lifetime Achievement
Johnny Degollado, Lifetime Achievement


Latinitas, Service
Gavin Garcia, Patronage
Luis Ordaz, Emerging Artist
Sam Z. Coronado, Arts
Marina F. Salinas, Lifetime Achievement


Simon Orta, Service


About Pétalos


Robert Mezquiti's Pétalos is a permanent art installation at the ESB-MACC that serves as an award wall in which members of the Mexican-American Community are honored. Pétalos is a series of petals, each representing an equal part of our cultural fabric. Each individual petal honors a member of our community who has contributed significantly through service or art and holds a place for those who will continue to shape our culture in the future. Pétalos embodies the potential of infinity- only possible through the collection of continuous equal parts.

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