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Viva Mexico

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center hosted its annual Viva México celebration on Wednesday, September 16th from 6:00-9:00pm. This lively celebration is still be offered completely virtually, free of charge for all. Check out our Viva Mexico Youtube Channel and the videos featured below!

The celebration will include music and dance performances by local Austin artists. Captivating actor and director Roen Salinas, founder of Aztlan dance, will be the Master of Ceremonies, delivering a live presentation of presentations, performances, and programming.

This year’s celebration will explore the Grito. What are some of the Gritos from our communities in the year 2020? Currently, there are calls of action from the community, passionate voices to be amplified and diverse interpretations of freedom and independence. The Consulate General of México Pablo Marentes will give the classic Grito de Independencia to close out the evening with high energy and hopes for the future.

Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

Featuring Programs by::


Roen Salinas is one of the founding members of Aztlan Dance Company along with his mother, the late Maria Salinas. For more than 35 years, Aztlan has been a breeding ground for the cultivation of Latin dance in Austin.


This educational dance company is run by Edgar Yepez of Oaxaca, Arte en Movimiento. He creates a space created to promote the cultural identity of Oaxaca in Texas.


Join Frida Friday ATX for their September Market (y más)! The Frida Friday ATX Virtual Market will be open all week, starting Tuesday 9/15 at noon. Check out their website  and their Facebook and Instagram to view over 40 independent BIPOC artists and community creatives!

Frida Friday ATX is Austin's premier WoC centered monthly marketplace and cultural event. Frida Friday ATX is an intentionally intersectional grassroots movement that supports and amplifies BIPOC, WoC and community creatives. FFATX virtual markets create opportunities for economically marginalized communities to share their projects, connect and celebrate their cultures. Each month these markets help to promote and support makers and creatives from across the U.S. at a time were micro & small businesses need it most. To see live interviews and learn more about the participating vendors please follow Frida Friday ATX on their Instagram account at: @fridafridayatx!

Frida Friday ATX interviews Roman Flores from Que Rico Tees:


The Consul General of Mexico in Austin, Pablo Marentes will give the traditional "Grito de Independencia"!

Pablo Marentes fue nombrado por el presidente de la república Andrés Manuel López Obrador, y ratificado por el Senado, para fungir como Cónsul General de México en Austin, Texas. El Cónsul General es Licenciado en Derecho, egresado de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), posee una maestría en Ciencias Sociales por el Instituto de Estudios Sociales de La Haya, Holanda, y es candidato a doctor en Historia por la Universidad Iberoamericana.

Grito at the MACC with el Consulado on Sept 15, 2020!


A multi-media exhibition by Diana Molina of the Juntos Art Association will trace a labyrinth of photography, film, and collage to crisscross dimensions of the Mestiza experience in a storyline that portrays and memorializes decades of border trajectories and ancestral journey leading to 2020. The female perspective is at the core of the storytelling as we re-imagine, collectively, equity of representation and voice.

View Diana's ONLINE EXHIBIT! and take a tour of the book, below! Diana will offer live programming, join the Facebook Event or watch it on this page! The program will play at 7pm on Friday, Sept 18th.

View Diana's Artist Presentations:


Salma Saenz will be singing for our Viva Mexico event for the first time this year! She grew up in Austin and has been performing for years. In 2017 she sang the national anthem at the Texas Capitol for the Texas School Choice Coalition. Salma has performed with Forklift Danceworks as well.


Learn how to make Chiles en Nogada, a typical dish from Puebla, Mexico! This dish is eaten in for "las fiesta patrias" in September. This dish celebrates Mexican Independence with the colors of the Mexican flag: green, white, and red. Watch the instructional video below, and enjoy the dish, or your favorite other Mexican dish, as you enjoy our Viva Mexico programming all week!

Relleno/ Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 1/2 pound of ground pork (media libra de carne de puerco)
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef (media libra de carne de res)
  • 1/4 cup of lard (1/4 taza de manteca de puerco)
  • 1 peach (1 durazno)
  • 1 apple (1 manzana)
  • 1 pear (1 pera)
  • 1 platain (1 platano macho)
  • 3 ounces raisins (3 onzas de pasas)
  • 3 ounces pinenuts (3 onzas de pinones)
  • 3 ounces peeled almonds (3 onzas de almendras peladas)
  • 3 ounces of acitron (3 onzas de acitron)
  • Pinch of ground pepper (pizcaq de pimienta molida)
  • Pinch of oregano (pizca de oregano)
  • 2 pinches cinnamon (2 pizcas de canela)
  • 2 pinches of thyme (2 pizcas de tomillo)
  • 6 roma tomatoes (6 tomates roma)
  • 1/3 onion (media cebolla)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (3 dientes de ajo)
  • Salt to taste (sal al gusto)

La Nogada/ Ingredients for the Sauce:

  • 2 cups heavy cream (2 tazas de crema)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts (1/4 copa nuez de Castilla)
  • 1/4 cup peeled almonds (1/4 taza de almendras peladas)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (1 cucharada de azúcar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sherry (1/2 cucharada de jerez)
  • 1 tablespoon goat cheese (1 cucharada de queso de cabra)
  • To decorate: parsley and pomegranate seeds (para decorar: perejil y granos de granada)

BANDERA DEL PUEBLO (Flag of the People)

In the video below, students will be introduced to the ideals that motivated the Mexican Revolution, and invited to stand up for these values so that they can finally be completely realized. For our activity, students will use colored paper, markers, scissors and glue to create a “flag of the people”, representing some of the many different kinds of people that fought for the ideals of the revolution!

Join the MACC Education Team on Sunday, Sept 20th for a live-streamed lesson! It can be viewed on this page at 1pm (central time) on 9/20/20 or viewed on the MACC Facebook Page. Get a sneak preview, below!

Flag of the People Activity:

Actividad: Bandera Del Pueblo: (En Espanol)

The MACC Education Team presented a lesson on Mexican Independence on the platform Nepris. To watch the lesson for free, please click on the button below (you will have to create a FREE Nepris account to watch). Thanks!


This is a visual arts contest for kids to create original works of art to celebrate Mexican Independence day. Children from the age of 5 to 12 submitted artwork. Vote for your favorite on the MACC Facebook!

Take a Virtual Video Tour of the MACC :


Marika has provided classes and workshops at the MACC's public events including Viva Mexico. We thank Marika for offering these healing sessions at the MACC. Read about Marika's practice:

"Welcome to of the Earth Healing! I am Marika, a Lipan Mescalero Apache. I am a direct descendant of generations of Medicine Women: traditional native healers of spirit and body, midwives, and plant medicine practitioners. My mother, grandmother, and aunt handed the medicine down to me. Learn more about my practice and how you can get involved at Of the Earth Healing."

Learn more about Marika Alvarado and Of the Earth Healing:



The ESB-MACC is partnering with local organizations to offer a full week of activities and events related to Mexican Independence and Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month. See the daily program and join us!

Tuesday, Sept 15-Sept 20 - Frida Friday ATX Virtual Market

Tuesday, Sept 15, 2:30-6:00pm Guatelink Guatemalen Festival

Wednesday, Sept 16, 6:00-9:00pm Viva Mexico

Thursday, Sept 17 7:00pm Spanglish Series ft. Emmanuel Ortega

Friday, Sept 18 6:00pm Vamonos! A variety show by the Caminos Teens

Friday, Sept 18: Virtual exhibit opening: XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX

Saturday, Sept 19 6:00-9:00pm Desde La Sala (Viva Mexico Edition)

Sunday, Sept 20 1:00-3:00pm Austin Museum Day W/ the ESB MACC

GuateLink: Un Enlace al Mundo Maya

Come and celebrate contemporary Guatemalan/Mayan Heritage. A virtual event celebrating traditional music, art, cuisine, and more. 09/15/2020 marks 198 years since Guatemala's Independence Day. Embrace the life and culture of the heart of the Mayan world. The program includes Ballet Folklorico de Guatemala, Traditional Guatemalan Kite Making, Mayan Language Class for Beginners, Guatemalan Cooking Class, Interactive Marimba Recital, and more! Join us in celebrating GuateMaya.

Livestream can be found on the ESB MACC's Facebook page.

For more information visit the GuateLink: Connecting To El Mundo Maya event page.

Spanglish Series: Emmanuel Ortega

Emmanuel Ortega (PhD, Art History, University of New Mexico) is a curator, podcaster and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ortega has lectured nationally and internationally on the topics of images of autos-de-fe, nineteenth-century Mexican landscape painting, and visual representations of the New Mexico Pueblo peoples in Novohispanic Franciscans martyr paintings. In addition to his scholarly work, he co-hosts the popular podcast Latinos Who Lunch, and co-produces a Latin American art history channel titled Unsettling Journeys. Ortega is a recurrent lecturer for Arquetopia Foundation for Development, the largest artist residency in México. An essay titled "Spanish Colonial Art History and the Work of Empire," was published in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture by the University of California Press in the summer of 2019.

Livestream can be found on the MACC Facebook page.

For more information please visit the Spanglish Series.

Caminos ATX Presents: ¡VAMONOS!

The teens of the ESB MACC Caminos program have created ¡VAMONOS!; an arts and variety show by teens for teens. Featuring segments such as our Literary Collective; the Caminos Business Insight; our Cuarentelenovela and Caminos Art Club, we look forward to engage our community and have fun in the process. Tune in every other Friday at 6PM US Central.

Multiple ways to watch:


Live on ESB-MACC Facebook Page

Live on ¡VAMONOS! Page

For more info on the Caminos Teen Leadership Program please visit: www.austintexas.gov/caminos

Virtual Exhibit Opening: XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX

Celebrate the virtual exhibition opening of XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX with exhibiting artist Diana Molina. Join us for a series of artist studio visits to learn about the voice and representation of women in 2020. This kick-off program features artists from Molina’s book, Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads: Cesar Martinez, Margo Tamez, Victoria Suescum, Davinia Miraval, and Gaspar Enriquez.

For more information please visit XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX

Desde La Sala: Viva Mexico Edition!

Desde La Sala is back with an all new line-up of artists for you enjoy from the comfort of your own home! This edition includes: Mariachi Las Coronelas, Stephanie Urbina Jones + The Honky Tonk Mariachi, Edna Vazquez, and Mariachi Paredes De La Universidad De Texas! Join us on September 19th from 6-9pm!

Multiple ways to watch: DesdeLaSala.net, Facebook, or Youtube!


Explore Austin-area museums -- for free! The 23rd Annual Austin Museum Day is a free celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science.

The MACC is presenting youth art activties as part of Austin Museum Day: BANDERA DEL PUEBLO (Flag of the People). Students will be introduced to the ideals that motivated the Mexican Revolution, and invited to stand up for these values so that they can finally be completely realized. For our activity, students will use colored paper, markers, scissors and glue to create a “flag of the people”, representing some of the many different kinds of people that fought for the ideals of the revolution.

For more information please visit the ESB MACC Museum Day event page.

Image by Bianca Olivares Reyes

Who's the dancer pictured in this year's design? Julieta Caamano, dancer with Ballet Folklorico de Austin, is the performer from Viva Mexico 2019 whose grito represents the spirit and excitement of Viva Mexico! The image is by graphic designer Bianca Olivares Reyes, who is a graduate of the MACC Caminos Teen Program. Follow Bianca's art on Instagram: @lyn.artx