Day of the Dead - Dia de Los Muertos -
This celebration of the circle of life and death has been a tradition at the ESB-MACC for over a decade. YOU can participate!
- Sugar Skull Making
- Calavera Contest
- Altar/ Ofrenda Building
- Makeup Tutorials
- Live Program on Nov 1 & 2 at DAYOFTHEDEADATX.NET
A celebration of Mexican Independence and Latinx Heritage Month. This digital festival aired to the public on Sept 16, 2020 and the full program is free and available to watch!
- Celebration of Austin's Latinx Community
- Ballet Folklorico Performances
- "Gritos" (Cries) from City of Austin and Community Members
- Mexican Consulate gives the Grito
- Make a Flag of the People Activity
- Cook Chiles en Nogada with Sonia
- Mexican National Anthem with Salma
Desde La Sala Virtual Concert Series
During each episode, we will be premiering 4 different performances by some of our favorite artists, from their living room to yours -- FOR FREE!!!
Like and follow the ESB MACC’s Facebook as well as the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation YouTube so you will be notified!
Diana Molina, Visual Artist in Residence
Diana Molina is an exhibiting artist and curator at the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center for Fall 2020. View her online exhibit on the Smithsonian Learning Lab!
Artist and author Diana Molina presents her book, Icons and Symbols of the Borderland: Art from the US-Mexico Crossroads as part of her retrospective exhibition at the MACC. This collection of artwork, poetry, and essays combine tradition, culture, history, and nature in a variety of subjects and themes that touch on everything from the religious and mythological to the commercial and socio-political.
Latino Artist Access Program
Explore these Austin-based artists who are part of the MACC's Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP):
- A'lante Flamenco Ensemble
- Bilingual Club Communities of Austin (BoCCA)
- Chamacos Dance Company
- Edgar Yepez
- Erica Saucedo!
- Escándalo! Improv
- Javier Jara
- Mauricio Callejas
- Monique Dacheff
- Proyecto Teatro
- Teatro Vivo
Day of the Dead / Sugar Skulls
Sugar Skulls or Calaveras de Azucar are an offering placed on the ofrenda, or altars, for Day of the Dead. In Mexico, this celebration of life and death occurs Oct 31-Nov 2, and invites the memory of the deceased to visit the living. One way that families honor their ancestors is to place calaveras, or skulls, in various forms and this cheerful imagery even in a sweet treat reminds us of the sweetness of life.
For Kids/ Teachers:
LA SELVA: LUNGS OF THE EARTH
La Selva: The Lungs of The Earth virtual activity will aid in the awareness of socially relevant causes that occur in Latin American Rainforests. Learn about deforestation through a Sloth Craftivity, and teach the ways planting trees can heal the environment
Virtual Tour of the MACC
Learn about the history of the MACC and outdoor sculptures as well as a few fun facts about the MACC! Then take a deep dive tour of the MACC on the Smithsonian Learning Lab! For all ages, this can be used like a virtual field trip and combined with other MACC programs.
The Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) as part of the City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department, offered a free Arts and Culture Summer Discovery Online Program in July 2020; an exciting exploration of the arts, culture and nature. The curriculum is for children 5 to 12 years of age. A new and exciting theme is presented in each lesson with programmed activities provided by professional instructors.
This program provides enjoyable and uplifting recreational programming for children based on the cultural traditions of Mexican, Mexican-American, and Latinx communities. There are a total of 16 video lessons total to watch and share below!
Figuralo Youth Exhibit
The ESB-MACC in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute are proud to present the 2020 Figuralo, Youth Exhibit. Figuralo 2020 showcases 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).
For questions or to submit an artwork, please contact Lori Navarrete, Culture & Arts Education Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Figuralo!
ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19. Two Artists, the band Guateque Son and Muralist J Musacz will train in Social Practice, to organize and engage community in an artistic response to cope with and overcome COVID-19.
The program will run October 5 to March 31, 2020.