The ESB-MACC is proud to produce annual signature events such as Viva México, Día de los Muertos, La Mujer, and Awards of Excellence. We host events focused on Education, as well as a variety of event collaborations which can be viewed below.
Thursday, May 23
4:30pm | Auditorium Free | All Ages
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Join us to celebrate filmmaker Aida Barrera's many contributions to bilingual education and cultural heritage, such as the first national bilingual TV program for children "Carrascolendas." Please RSVP on Eventbrite to attend; this event is FREE. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. People who RSVP will have priority seating; others will be admitted at 4:55 p.m. The auditorium has a capacity of 175 people. RSVP does not guarantee admittance; please arrive early. For more information, write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 512-471-1924. Hosts: Voces Oral History Project, KLRU-TV, City of Austin, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. Sponsors: IBC Bank Austin, School of Journalism -- UT Austin, Moody College of Communication -- UT Austin, College of Education -- UT Austin, Department of Curriculum and Instruction -- UT Austin, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement -- UT Austin, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy -- UT Austin, Department of American Studies -- UT Austin
Music on the Plaza with Daniel Llanes and Aztlan Dancers
Daniel Llanes will perform ChicAztlan Jazz / World Beat music on the plaza at the ESB-MACC. Dancers from Aztlan will join un. Come enjoy good tunes and good vibes in the afternoon sun! This free event is part of an ongoing music series at the ESB-MACC. The music is free, outside, and appropriate for all ages. Dancing is encouraged!
Andrea Ariel Dance Theater Presents: Free Creative Community Workshop
Artists of all disciplines, as well as those with no dance or theater experience at all, are welcome to this free workshop. All activities are designed for participation and adaptation for all physical abilities, experience or age.
Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre invites your participation in the creation of our new work “Rally” that will be performed June 13-16 at the MACC Auditorium. We want to collaborate with community members to bring a diversity of perspectives into the development of this work. We are asking questions like: “What are you passionate about?” “What inspires you to rally about something – personally, socially, or globally?” The workshop will include creative games and other structured community-building activities. You will also get to create with Austin Soundpainting Collective musicians and dancers using a unique sign language to lead the group in structured improvisations. If you play an instrument, bring it! Or just bring yourself! This is an opportunity for you to be creative, share stories, have a dialogue, and connect with new people in your community!
Come create with AADT and the Austin Soundpainting Collective and join in on the fun! For questions or special needs contact us at the reservation check out or at: http://www.arieldance.org/contact/
ProyectoTeatro and Chamacos Dance Company present contemporary dance evening featuring works by local and international choreographers.
"Fusion Cubana" A fiery and playful piece that combines elements of Cuban Salsa, Rumba and Afro-Cuban Folklore.Choreographer: Aurelio Planes Rodriguez.
"ProprioKinesico" A quartet that explores the capacity of perception of one's own body and the expressive, appellative or communicative meaning of body movements; gestures. The work was premiered at an International Dance Festival Havana Vieja: Ciudad en Movimiento in Havana, Cuba on April, 5th 2019. Choreographer: Aurelio Planes Rodriguez.
"Detras Del Muro" A duet Featuring Luis Ordaz and Rachel Nayer choreographed by Yoel Gonzalez at the dance residency with Medula Dance Company in Guantanamo, Cuba in April, 2019. "The Perspective" A solo inspired the Businessman character from "The Little Prince" by A. de Saint-Exupery. Dancer: Emily Heath. Choreographer: Aurelio Planes Rodriguez.
Tejano Genealogy with Andres Tijerina
Saturday, June 1 10:00am | Black Box Theater Free | All Ages Join the Facebook Event!
Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin (TGSA) presents a monthly meeting and presentation by Andrés Tijerina. On the first Saturday of each month, TGSA hosts their monthly meet-up, featuring guest speakers. This is a great time to find out about TGSA, meet community members, learn about local history and ongoing projects related to genealogy, DNA testing, family heritage and history. June’s meeting will feature Andrés Tijerina, Ph.D., speaking about “Beasley’s Vaqueros: The Memoirs, Art, and Poems of Ricardo M. Beasley.
Dr. Andres Tijerina has received acclaim and national book prizes for his books Tejanos and Texas Under the Mexican Flag, published by Texas A&M University Press and his other major book Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranchos. He has written and co-authored numerous other books including an American History college textbook, Building a Democratic Nation. His most widely read work is the publication of his Vietnam War combat memoirs in the Time-Life Books series The Vietnam Experience. He is currently writing the first-ever textbook on Mexican American History in Texas for use in K-12 schools across the state.Andrés Tijerina is a Professor of History at Austin Community College. He graduated from San Angelo Central High School in1963, received his B.A. from Texas A&M University, his M.A. from Texas Tech University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tijerina has taught at those institutions and at U.T.S.A. Before teaching, he served as a state agency Executive Director for the State of Texas and as a group manager for Motorola, Inc. in Austin.
Awards of Excellence
Saturday, June 1
7:00pm | Sam Z. Coronado Gallery Free Event
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. Join us for this event to celebrate the Awardees! The ceremony will begin at 7:00pm. To see past awardees, please click here.
Andrea Ariel Dance Theater Presents: RALLY
Thursday, June 13 – Saturday, June 15, 8pm Sunday, June 16, 5 p.m. Tickets for RALLY start at $15 and can be purchased at aadtrally.eventbrite.com
Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre Presents: RALLY, a dynamic mix of live music, dance, story and song exploring our individual empowerment and collective strength. This new dance performance featuring original live music and conducted improvisation premieres June 13! Award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel and her collaborators will present a new production in June at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. “RALLY” explores personal perspectives and collective experiences as the multidisciplinary artist-performers ask what drives our passions individually and socially in local and global communities, and what inspires us to rise up, unite, and rally.
This new work aims to resonate with our current tumultuous times, examining the catalysts for action and change. The performance combines choreographed dance with live, original music composed by Austin favorite Andrew Nolte. The audience is invited to take a deep dive physically, musically, and visually as each performance takes its own unique shape via a directed improvisation technique called Soundpainting, an ensemble conducting language used to compose dance and live music in the moment. No two shows are the same.
“When you look at the world around you through the lens of what change you want to see and what is preventing you from exercising your personal super powers, you get a lot of clarity around your passions and values” Ariel says. “This piece, RALLY, was born from the artists and community members sharing stories of great joy and exhilaration, as well as helplessness and defeat. In an effort to address how we can affect change in the world, how do our family and social rituals and our shared sense of space unite us, transform us, and empower us?”
“RALLY” features an original score by Nolte, of Super Creeps, The Damned Torpedoes, Derrick Davis Band and about a dozen other musical groups. During RALLY, live music, both original pieces and covers of beloved protest songs, will be performed by Nolte (vocals, guitar, keys) with Claude McCan; (vocals, keys, electronics), Jason DeCuir (bass), and Garry Franklin (drums). The choreography by Ariel has been created in collaboration with performers Jun Shen (Sunny), Sandie Donzica, Ciceley Fullylove, and Rebecca McLindon. Andrea Ariel will conduct each performance’s Soundpainting composition.
Octavio Quintanilla in Austin- Exhibit & Reading
Saturday, June 29, 2019
5:30pm Exhibit and Reception
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This is a free literary event in collaboration with Octavio Quintanilla and renowned author ire'ne lara silva. The event is free and open to the public.
“Phone / Poem: A Writing Workshop” (10am-12pm)
In this workshop we will use our phone cameras to explore the world outside of us so that we may pay acute attention to the world inside of us. What will the photos we take reveal to us? How will these images spark poetic associations, memories, and stories? The possibilities are endless when we zero in on the details. The end result could be poetry, essays, photo poems, visual narratives, ekphrasis, or hybrids of these forms. Participants will be given time to photograph and time to write.
Exhibit & Reception: Frontextos (5:30-7:00)
Since January 1, 2018, Octavio Quintanilla has been creating and posting on social media daily Frontextos (Frontera + Texto), which combine text and visual images. Join us for an exhibit of a selected number of these original pieces.
Reading by Octavio Quintanilla (7:00-8:00pm)
Reading will be followed immediately by a book-signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Cine de Oro & Bronze Band
Tuesday, June 25 9:30am | Auditorium | Free Admission
Join us for a special screening fof "Papa Hemingway in Cuba". Seniors will enjoy a healthy lunch provided by AARP immediately following the film. Please call to RSVP, as space is limited! 512-974-3789. View Schedule for April - June 2019
ESB-MACC Signature Events
A celebration of women inspired by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, with food, art, and performances by women.
September 15, 2019
The day of Mexico's Independence from Spain is always remembered on the 16th of September. Our father of independence is Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, who started the revolt on the eve of the 15th of September.
Día de los Muertos
November 2nd 2019
A day to remember our loved ones who have passed with offerings, music, food, and kids activities. Part of Mexican culture is learning from our ancestors and learning where they came from to guide our future.
COLLABORATE WITH US!
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.