We are proud to produce annual signature events and collaborations with Latino arts organizations. Our four annual signature events are Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: A Tribute to Mexican Women in April, Award of Excellence in May, Viva Mexico in September and Día de los Muertos in late October or early November. All events are free and open to the public.
Tribute to Cesar Chavez 2017
César Estrada Chávez
(March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was a labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers Union, UFW) in 1962. As a farm worker, Chavez became the best known Latino American civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but non-violent tactics made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida.
His supporters say his work led to numerous improvements for union laborers. Although the UFW faltered a few years after Chavez died in 1993, he became an iconic "folk saint" in the pantheon of Mexican Americans. His birthday, March 31, has become Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday in California, Colorado, and Texas.
The ESB-MACC invites you attend this special screening about Mexican American civil rights.
A Class Apart Screening
Friday | 7:30pm
A CLASS APART is a documentary film telling a Mexican American Civil Rights Story. In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951. a field hand named Pete Hernández killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a gritty cantina. From this seemingly unremarkable murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would forever change the lives and legal standing of tens of millions of Americans. This is a little-known story of an underdog band of Mexican American Lawyers who took their case, Hernandez v. Texas, all the way to the Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans.
Gus Garcia, Attorney at Law Mexican American attorneys and activists from Austin, Texas
arguing Supreme Court case Hernandez v. Texas.
This film dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters--activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer, and victim--within a broader history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change.
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Thursday | 6-8pm
April 13 Sam Z. Coronado
To kick off this years tribute celebration, an art gallery opening reception will be on April 13th. This opening will feature fantastical works by Marlene Llanes and ESB-MACC LARP artist April Garcia.
Sam Z. Coronado and Community galleries will be open for viewing until 7pm.
Saturday | 4:30-8pm
Black Box | Performances
Come share our love of and puzzlement over GENIUS! presents by Toni Bravo and Diverse Space Dance Theatre.
They began exploring the theme of Genius last July during our residency in Berlin and pondering:
Does knowledge make genius? Or does Genius seek knowledge? Does a genius change the World? Or does the World need to evolve some before it may understand the genius? Everybody has moments of genius.
Based on the poetry by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz-- philosopher and poet from the Baroque era in New Spain—and the letters and paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Our work is an homage to them and all the geniuses who help us see the World with renewed clarity!!! Video imagery by Students from Blackshire Elementary, Mapplewood Elementary, and McCallum High School. Photographed by Phillip F. Patterson Jr. This Youth Dance Company will present pieces to be performed in Dublin and Berlin this summer. The Company has been working hard to be able to attend the Irish Youth Dance Festival in Dublin and The Annual DSYDT Residency in Berlin. This will be our seventh tour to Europe!
Actress Leticia Marroquín plays Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Teatro Espacio Agua Viva (TEAV)
MEA DILEMMA - a brief extract from the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, in one act, based on texts from the Letter to Sor Filotea, adapted, written and directed by Ana Laura De Santiago-
Black Box (Exterior corridor) | Reception
Music Concert with vocalist Julie Slim, a multilingual vocalist and educator, and Rendez Vous Band, performing Tiempo y Silencio, Mañana, Historia de un Amor, and other beautiful compositions from Mexico, Latin America, and abroad.
Now Accepting Nominations for the Awards of Excellence
The Awards of Excellence is now accepting nominations. Please click here to see nomination form and what the award entails.
Nomination forms for the prestigious AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE will be accepted through April 14th. This award is bestowed upon the finest in our Latino Community.
Awards of Excellence Ceremony will be May 20th.
Phototgraph (2016) past award winners: Michael Garcia (left), CM Sabino "Pio" Renteria (center) & Jaime Castillo (right)
ESB-MACC Signature Events
Sor Juan Inés de la Cruz - April 15th Celebrating the life and legacy of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz with theatre performances and more.
Awards of Excellence - May 20th This award is to be granted as the highest distinction and celebration of lasting contributions by artists and community members. DEADLINE IS APRIL 14!!!!
Ten Year Anniversary - September 16th To celebrate ten years of serving our Mexican-American and Latino community in this beautiful facility designed by Mexican renouned architect, Teodoro González de León, this year will have an extra special festival.
Día de los Muertos - October 21st A day to remember our loved ones who have passed with offerings, music, food, and kids activities.
Cine de Oro
Join us on the last Tuesday of each month at the Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St.) for a special screening from the Golden Era of Mexico’s cinema. Seniors will enjoy a healthy lunch immediately following the film.
Please arrive by 9:15 am as screenings begins at 9:30 am. Admission is free. Please call to RSVP, as space is limited! 512-974-3789.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is a vibrant arts center with 100,000 annual visitors. Since 2007, we have been offering countless cultural events and art classes focusing on performing arts, music, literature, film screenings, and the Latino Arts Residency Program. A collaboration is a one-time presentation that is co-produced with the ESB-MACC. It can be a panel discussion, music or theatre presentation, film screenings or community engagement discussion. The ESB-MACC organizes year-round activities and also cooperates with a large number of partners who complete and strengthen programming through rentals and collaborations. For more information, download our collaboration request form.
Collaborators that we have worked with in the past are: AARP, ALMA (Austin Latino Music Association), Austin Community College Creative Writing, Austin History Center, Austin Museum Partnerships, The Austin Symphony, Ballet East, Bellas Artes Alliance, The Center for Mexican-American Cultural Arts (CMACA), Cine Las Americas, Conspire Theatre, Crossroads Events, Dan Guerrero, Daniel Llanes, El Corazón de Tejas, Flor de Nopal, Indigenous Cultures Institute San Marcos, KLRU-TV, Latinitas, LATINO Magazine & No Mas Hambre, Nuestro Grupo, PODER, Proyecto Teatro, Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance Company, Telemundo Austin, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Texas Folklife, Resistencia Bookstore, University of Texas at Austin CMAS, Univision
All of our events and programming are free and open to the public!
The ESB-MACC is located at 600 River Street in Austin, Texas along Lady Bird Lake.
Free parking is available to those attending our programs, galleries and special events. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office.