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.
ARRIBA con Romeo Rodriguez, A Celebration of Life
Saturday June 24 | 4-8pm Sam Z. Coronado Gallery
Beginning at 4pm, in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, there will be an exhibit of photographs and some special Arriba Arts & Business News covers. At 5pm a spiritual prayer will be led by Maria Elena Martinez followed by proclamations presented to the family by the State and City. Music performance by Cecilia and the Broken Hearts and Conjunto Atzlan. Refreshments will be served.
Romeo Rodriguez, the owner and editor of the Arriba Art and Business News publication in Austin since 1980, filled a void where he saw a gap - providing exposure and awareness of the activities within the Mexican American culture that were not being covered by the mainstream newspaper in Austin.
He was an early pioneer in publicizing information regarding the Chicano arts, culture, health and political issies via the Para la Gente Newspaper (started in 1978); then he began the Arriba Art and Business News that ran continuously until his untimely death in late March.
He was an inspiration and mentor to other Chicanos who expressed an interest in the field of journalism. He shared how to run the business and to develop as writers. He respected the art of being a writer.
The Arriba Art and Business News served as an avenue for Mexican American owned businesses to advertise themselves. Romeo also used this platform to inform, enlighten and educate the community about critical health issues - chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart issues.
The newspaper is a winner of the Austin Chronicle's 1993 CRITIES >MEDIA Award for "Best Guide To Local Hispanic Culture & Politics" and the 1998 > CRITIES > MEDIA Award for "Best Community Newspaper, " and this recognition made him very humble.
In all facets of his life, he demonstrated a generosity of spirit, coupled with great compassion.
Plaza Para Todos
Saturday June 25 | 6-8pm
All Ages Are Welcome
Immerse yourself in culture! Join the community for an evening in our Zocalo with live entertainment from local musicians and performing artists. Enjoy children's activities, classic Latino games, and food from across Latin America! Relish in this cultural tradition as we introduce this urban Latino experience to Austin. Local artists interested in performing can contact MACCeducation@austintexas.gov.
Ten Year Anniversary - September 16th To celebrate ten years of serving our Mexican-American and Latino community in this beautiful facility designed by Mexican renowned 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 theater 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.