DIGITAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The ESB-MACC offers free Digital Programs. Below is an online student art exhibit, followed by a series of free instructional videos and accompanying lesson plans.
The ESB-MACC is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. We thank the Smithsonian for hosting some of the online exhibitions below. Click the links below to see more info, and for any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FIGÚRALO YOUTH ART EXHIBIT
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute are proud to present the 2020 Figuralo, Youth Exhibit. Figuralo 2020 will showcase the exploration of artistic mediums through figurines, figurative images and figurative narratives. Figuralo 2020 will go digital this year, and all works will be exhibited on the Smithsonian Learning Lab (SLL). This means that our young artists will have the opportunity to have their artworks exhibited
in the Smithsonian Institute’s digital learning gallery! This is a wonderful opportunity to have the young artist featured in a
major gallery. All young artists are highly encouraged to submit their wonderful creations. Details regarding submissions are below. For more information please visit our website at MACCaustin.org or contact Lori Navarrete, Culture & Arts Education Specialist at email@example.com.
Figúralo Registration & Submission
All work will be exhibited on Smithsonian Learning Lab (SLL), below are the special requirements for submitted artwork. You can read the full guidelines for the exhibit.
Please submit the Figúralo 2020 Registration Form and the image(s) or video/recordings of artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org (as an attachment), by 6pm Monday December 1, 2020.
Questions regarding Figúralo 2020 please contact Lori Navarrete, Cultural & Arts Education Specialist at email@example.com.
There will be no in-person submissions or drop-offs for Figuralo 2020, all work must be submitted via email to Lori Navarrete at
For all 2-D and 3-D art (pantings, drawing, illustrations, photographs, found art, sculptures, canvas work, etc.) please take a photo of work from any angle that clearly shows the artwork. Photos can be submitted as a PDF or JPEG file. Artist can submit up to 3 works.
For all performance artists (musicians, actors, dancers, poets, performance artwork, etc.) please record a 3 - 8 minute video of
your work that best represents your art. All videos must be submitted as an Mp4. Artist may chose to submit more that one
performance, but it must fit within the 3-8min video.
For all film makers and digital artists (film directors, animators, etc.) please submit work as an Mp4. Artwork must not
excessed 20mins in length. Artist may chose to submit more than one work, but it must fit within the 20min video.
Participants must have a strong interest in the Arts and be between the ages of 6–19.
Artwork Categories, but not limited to –
• Painting / Oil Pastels
• Illustration / cartooning / stop motion
• Sculpture (3-models, clay, papier-mache)
• Video imaging / Films (a work of visual art that combines more than one medium)
• Sound mixing clips / music
• Performance Art (musicians, actors, dancers, poets, performance artwork, etc.)
• Please complete entry form for each artwork submitted (very important)
• 3 artworks per 2-D and 3-D artists (PDF or JPEG)
• Performance Artists 3 - 8 minute recorded video (Mp4)
• Film makers and digital artist 5 - 20min Mp4
• Entries must be the original work from the young artist
• Please have each piece display ready (each piece should be ready for install)
• There is no size limit to works entered
• All artworks must be install ready, the ESB-MACC will not mix, edit, complete any artist’s work. All parts of the artworks is
representative of the artist creativity.
• ESB-MACC will make every attempt to preserve, secure and protect each artwork entry submitted, however ESB-MACC cannot
be held responsible for damages, loss of art entries, or the cancellation of Figúralo 2020, Annual Youth Exhibit due to unforeseen
circumstances. The ESB-MACC reserves the right to reproduce and publish images of entries for official publicity of event.
• Exhibit Opening- Opening will be held Saturday, December 11, 2020 from in the Smithsonian Learning Lab.
• Public Exhibit – The exhibit will open to the public on December 11, 2020 and will be available to view after that date.
STAY CREATIVE ONLINE CURRICULUM
For a Complete Page with all 16 Instructional Videos, please visit: Stay Creative Curriculum for ages 5-12. See example lesson plans below.
Lucha Libre/ Mexican Wrestling
Lucha Libre (Mexican Professional Wrestling) is known worldwide for its high-flying moves and colorful masks. This lesson will show how to make your own luchador mask using templates available for free below.
Students will learn about environmental challenges on the US-Mexico Borderlands including the effects of the border wall on local wildlife and habits. Students will make found- object marionette puppets.
History of Music
Take a virtual tour of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on-site art installations. Includes the history of the building itself, as well as descriptions of sculptures and site-specific works currently on display at the ESB-MACC.
"Piecing It Together": Austin Graffiti Art 1984-2004 is an art exhibition focusing on the first three generations of Austin graffiti art, considered the foundation of what many call street art today. Curator Nathan Nordstrom "SLOKE" features artists who shaped the backbone of Austin’s vibrant Graffiti Art culture. The original gallery exhibit was at the Mexican American Cultural Center from January 24, 2020 until March 28, 2020.
The Rainforest/ La Selva: Lungs of the Earth
Explore environmental justice as it relates to Latin American rainforests, taking simple steps to fight for justice.
Instructional Video for Ages 7-12
Instructional Video for Ages 5-6
Parent Guide Rainforest (7-13 years)
A thriving subculture in Austin, lowriders celebrate this tradition in Chicanx communities.
"An Empowered Village and Its Citizens" is a coloring and activity book that tells of the history of the ESB-MACC and encourages children to envision what they would like to see take place at the Center.
Coloring Book (PDF)
Sugar Skull Making (Day of the Dead)
Join ESB-MACC educators Lori Navarrete, Michelle de Santiago, and Gricelda Silva in a video tutorial on calaveras de azucar, or sugar skulls. The video will tell viewers about the origin of sugar skull making as a way to honor the deceased, as well as a complete recipe for making them and tips on decorating. The final part of the video includes a prerecorded Q & A by students in classrooms all over the U.S. The video was filmed with Nepris, a virtual classroom that broadcasts directly to schools, and was created as a step by step tutorial to coincide with the ESB-MACC's Day of the Dead Festival.
Uprooted Dreams (Alebrijes)
On permanent display at the ESB-MACC is Uprooted Dreams (2012), a site-specific sculptural installation that features over 19 individual, brightly colored woodcarvings. For the artist Margarita Cabrera, the process and product of Uprooted Dreams provides an ongoing platform on which to build respect, equality, solidarity, and dignified ways of making art and creating community.
ESB-MACC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MISSION
The Education Department within the Emma S. Barrientos - Mexican American Cultural Center seeks to provide dynamic, innovative, and socially relevant programming that preserves, creates, and promotes Mexican American and Latinx cultural arts and heritage. The ESB-MACC Education Department offers Saturday workshops, studio classes, seminars, and camps for all ages, providing opportunities for participants to enhance their understanding and appreciation of Mexican American and other Latino cultures. For more information, call 512-974-3785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For educators and students, we offer tours by appointment Monday-Friday 10am-2pm. Please book in advance to assure your spot (4 weeks before tour date). Call (512) 974-3786 for pricing. Reserve your tour by completing our online Tour Request Form.
The Bronze Community Band Project Research Workshop Series
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The Bronze Community Band Project, a collaborator with Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, continues their work in 2020. Last year, the Bronze Community Band Project offered a program to research, promote and preserve the bi-musical heritage of the Mexican American community. The program, free and open to the public, involves the research, preservation and presentation of the performance art of this music. This event is open to the pubic and there is no fee to participate. For more information, contact Robert Ojeda at 361-484-2049.
Extra Credit: Teen Volunteer Program
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Extra Credit seeks to enrich teen lives through volunteer opportunities in art education, art production, and arts events. Register at: https://givepul.se/9odl9. For more information send an email to Lori.email@example.com
Community Garden Workday
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Volunteer to maintain the on-site herb garden. Get your hands dirty as you dive into growing and cultivating traditional Mexican healing herbs. This is a great opportunity for those interested in healing with natural herbs, or for anyone with a general interest in gardening, traditional medicine and healing. Volunteer participants receive hands on experience and will share in the harvest.
Bilingual Music Lessons with Javier Jara
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Javier Jara of the musical group Los Bohemios Perdidos offers music lessons in Guitar/ Voice, Ear Training, Music Theory, and Song Writing. Students will learn Latin American folk songs and rhythms to enhance their multicultural experience, with courses taught at the ESB-MACC. If requested, instruction can be in Spanish exclusively or partially. Contact Javier Jara to register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 512-470-8842, or facebook: Javier Jara Músico.
Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
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The Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin (TGSA), established in 1977, fosters excellence in genealogy through educational programs and projects that preserve, produce and disseminate knowledge of genealogical or historical value. TGSA preserves Tejano and Mexican-American heritage by assisting with genealogical research, promoting authors who write about Latinx history, raising awareness of Latinx history in schools and communities, and hosting and attending genealogy conferences, historical events, arranging for guest speakers.
Yoga en Español
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Enjoy a soft and revitalizing Yoga class FREE of charge! Strengthen your physical, mental and emotional bodies achieving great health. Yoga en Español at the ESB-MACC takes place on Saturdays from 10-11am. Age 17+. FREE! Explore the strengthening practice of yoga, taught in English & Spanish. Email email@example.com to reserve a spot or register on-site.
Capoeira for All Ages
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Free Capoeira class and open Roda with Instructor Erick Salazar. This is a free class dedicated to the beauty of Capoeira, the Brazilian-African hybrid of dance, music and martial arts which aids children in working on their flexibility, rhythm and developmental coordination. In this class you will learn basic capoeira moves, music, and chants. At the end you will participate in "Open Roda" (Capoeira circle) were you will put in to practice what you have learned. This is an opportunity to experience Capoeira with no pressure, making this experience fun , entertaining and open to families and youth of all ages. No experience required. Wear comfortable clothing!
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