The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center presents our digital programs! Please use this page as a guide to our digital resources, which are free to use for anyone who wants to learn more about Mexican-American and Latino/a/x art & culture. This guide provides links to the our lesson plans, performances, presentations, online art exhibits, and special event pages!

Make sure to check out our recent Signature Events Viva Mexico Day of the Dead!

To see our videos s they go live, remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ESBMACC. Questions? email maccevents@austintexas.gov and if you can, leave us some feedback below!


Table of Contents

  1. Virtual Exhibit: The Art of the Bull by Manuel Miranda
  2. Figuralo: 2021 Youth Art Exhibit! Registration is now open! Exhibit opens December 11, 2021 and will be on display until January 15, 2022.
  3. Dia De Los Muertos: 2021 Annual Celebration
  4. ¡Viva México!: 2021 Celebration that will explore Mexico’s history through cultural art and traditions.
  5. Awards of Excellence: 2021 Ceremony honoring community members
  6. Exhibit: Amuletos - Early and Latest Paintings by Luis Guerra
  7. Exhibit: Recuerdos: Foto ATX 2021 Recuerdos - Celebrating 14 years of culture!
  8. Day of the Dead: 2021 Celebration Honoring Those We've Lost
  9. Exhibit: Colores De Mi Alma by Amado Castillo lll
  10. Taller Abierto A New Program by Miguel Santana, bilingual painting tutorials!
  11. La Mujer: 2021 Virtual Celebration of Womxn
  12. MULTI: Virtual Exhibition curated by The Projecto's Coka Trevino
  13. Breaking Barriers: Latinx Youth Conference on April 10th
  14. Arts Responders: Art as Social Practice
  15. 21/ Veintiuno by Ender Martos, digital exhibit and installation
  16. Figuralo: 2020 Youth Exhibit in collaboration with the Smithsonian Learning Lab
  17. Vamonos! Variety Show Produced and Presented by the Caminos Teens
  18. Day of the Dead- Digital Festival to celebrate Dia de Muertos (2020)
  19. Sugar Skull Making- Video Instructions for Day of the Dead crafts
  20. Viva Mexico- A Celebration of Mexican Independence & Latinx Heritage (2020)
  21. Desde La Sala- A Virtual Concert Series featuring Latinx Artists (2020)
  22. Exhibit: XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX by Diana Molina
  23. Exhibit: Textile Poetics: Textile Art by Mery Godigna-Collet & Others
  24. Exhibit: Chingonx Fire by April Garcia
  25. Spanglish Series-Interviews with Local Creatives by The Projecto
  26. Latino Artist Access Program (LAAP)- Music, Dance, Theater, and much more!
  27. Lesson Plan: Lowriders- All About Chicano Lowrider Culture
  28. Lesson Plan: Alebrijes "Uprooted Dreams"- Project & Lesson Plan
  29. Lesson Plan: La Selva/ The Rainforest
  30. Lesson Plan: Coloring Book, An Empowered Village and Its Citizens
  31. Lesson Plan: Borderland Wildlife The Environment of the US-Mexico Border
  32. Community Healing Garden Learn About Healing Plants in Our On-Site Garden!
  33. Stay Creative: Collection of 16 Lesson Plans for Youth 5-12
  34. Exhibit: Piecing it Together: Grafitti Art by Nathan "Sloke" Nordstrom
  35. Virtual Tour of the MACC- Learn the History and Architecture of the MACC

To see more details on the programs listed above in our Table of Content, keep scrolling!

The Art of the Bull

by Manuel Miranda

Figuralo 2021!

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute are proud to present the 2021 Figuralo, Youth Exhibit. Figuralo 2021 will showcase the exploration of artistic mediums through figurines, figurative images and figurative narratives.

Figuralo 2021 will be held in-person at the ESB-MACC from Dec 11, 2021 to January 15, 2022 and showcased virtually via the Smithsonian Institutes’ Learning Lab; meaning all works will be shown in-person and online via the Smithsonian Learning Lab (SLL). This is a wonderful opportunity for young artists to show their work locally, while also being featured in a major virtual gallery. All young artists are highly encouraged to submit their wonderful creations. Details regarding submissions are below. For more information please contact Lori Navarrete, Culture & Arts Education Specialist at lori.navarrete@austintexas.gov.

Exhibit opens December 11, 2021 and will be on display until January 15, 2022.

Dia De Los Muertos 2021

The Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host our Day of the Dead celebration on Monday and Tuesday, November 1 & 2, 2021. The event is 5:00-9:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

¡Viva México! 2021

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center's 14th annual Viva México celebration!

This annual event showcases visual art, dance, and musical performances that explore Mexico’s history through cultural art and traditions.

Awards of Excellence

¡Felicidades! Congratulations! The ESB-MACC is honored to announce our Awards of Excellence winners for 2021.

These awards recognize those individuals in Austin that have demonstrated significant leadership and have made meaningful contributions in the Latino cultural arts.

The public will be able to view the digital recording of the awards ceremony at the end of September. We will be putting together a slideshow of images and video that represents the work of our awardees.

Thank you to those who sent in nominations, and to our winners, thank you for your service to the ESB-MACC and the Mexican American/ Latino Community.

Amuletos: Early and Latest Paintings

By Luis Guerra

Opening reception September 25th, 2021 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. A painter, sculptor, and writer, Luis Guerra divides his time between a village in the mountains of San Luis Potosí and Austin, Texas.

Recuerdos: FOTO ATX 2021

Celebrating 14 years of culture !

Recuerdos is a collection of photos taken by MACC photographers Ulises Garcia and Mari Hernandez during events at the ESB MACC from 2007 to the present.


By Amado Castillo lll

Amado Castillo's exhibit, "Colores de Mi Alma" (Colors Of My Soul) will be on display at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center from July 2, 2021 to Sept 4, 2021 in the Community Gallery.


Curated by Coka Trevino

MULTI is a virtual exhibit curated by The Projecto's Coka Treviño which will be featured in The ESB MACC's annual La Mujer celebration!

This exhibition features Ariana Brown, Patricia Carrington, Fina Ferrara, Irene Antonia Diane Reece, and Natalia Rocafuerte!

La Mujer 2021

A Virtual Celebration of Womxn

"La Mujer" is our annual celebration of womxn in the arts, presented by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. In its 10th year, this festival was originally inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who is considered the first feminist of the Americas. This year we are highlighting the accomplishments of mujeres, of womxn, in Austin who inspire us. This multi-disciplinary digital festival will span several days, including a film screening by Cine De Las Americas, panel discussions hosted by Chingona Fest Texas & Latino Studies at UT, a virtual exhibit curated by The Projecto’s Coka Treviño -- PLUS a stellar lineup of musicians, poets, painters, sculptors, visual artists. Join us to honor and elevate Latinx womxn. The event is FREE to watch on the MACC's social media channels.

Breaking Barriers

A Latinx Youth Conference

This is a cool opportunity to meet teens your age and share ideas about how best to take care of yourself and your community, access your mental wellness, and celebrate cultural identity. We invite you to help us unlock the question: what is mental health/wellness?

We will explore how to best deal with your emotions during the COVID pandemic and what it means to us. In this event you can expect activities packed with fun and powerful connections. You can see the power you have and how to help others through activities of wellness, conversation, expression with no judgement from teens like you so definitely join us and break those barriers with us! Any teen can benefit from this event, especially Latinx teens and young people of color.

If you have felt small, come here and feel strong! Remember, we’re not minorities, we’re just minoritized! While our event does center and surround the Latinx experience of well-being and mental health struggles, we welcome everyone and think all people could benefit from some time to check in with themselves, their bodies, and focus on their mental health.

VEINTIUNO by Ender Martos

"It is the year 21, of the 21st century. I lived 21 years in Venezuela, and now, 21 more years in Austin, Texas.

Ah, mythical Veintiuno, 21, twenty-one, number of hope, energy, and sadness. This virtual exhibition is dedicated to you. Please treat all of us nicely."

Julieta Caamano, Ballet Folklorico de Austin (Latino Artist Access Program)

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
La Catrina Misteriosa, DayoftheDeadATX.net

Viva Mexico!

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
Mariachis Las Altenas, Desde la Sala Virtual Concert Series, Viva Mexico 2020 edition, 9.19.20

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, XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX, Online Exhibition Fall 2020

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.

Diana Molina, XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX

Spanglish Series

This digital series on Thursdays with El Projecto ATX interviews artists and creatives in our community. The next event is Thursday, Oct 1 with Michael Anthony Garcia! RSVP now!

Javier Jara, Latino Artist Access Program

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
  • Fisterra
  • Javier Jara
  • Mauricio Callejas
  • Monique Dacheff
  • Proyecto Teatro
  • Teatro Vivo
Caminos Teen Program Digital Show, Fridays

¡Vamonos! by the Caminos Teen Program

Every other Friday we connect with you through ¡Vamonos!, our #atxcaminos bi-weekly show by young people for young people with the goal to empower Latinx and all youth to carve our own path.

Caminos Teen Program Zines, 2019

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.

Diana Molina, XX Timeline at the Crossroads XX Online Exhibit

For Kids/ Teachers:


Lesson plans and digital resources that explore the Chicano artform and culture Lowriding.

Viva Mexico 2017 at the ESB-MACC

For Kids/ Teachers:


This brightly painted wood carved animals are straight from dreams and imagination! They originated in Oaxaca with the Linares family, and now are a beloved folk art inspiration! Read a book about the magical creatures and make your own with paper!

Preservar y Promover la Cultura, Mural by Caminos Teen Program February 2020

For Kids/ Teachers:


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

Artwork for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by Caminos Teen Artist

Textile Poetics

This virtual art exhibit features TEXTILE POEMS by Mery Godigna Collet, TELL ME IT HAUNTS YOU TOO by Angelica Raquel Martinez, I ONLY HAVE DYES FOR YOU by Margita Pencevova, THE POETRY OF SILENCE by Annette Turrillo, and COLONIAL LEGACY by Mery Godigna Collet

Nathan "SLOKE" Nordstrom, Piecing it Together: Austin Grafitti Art 1984-2004

Nathan "SLOKE" Nordstrom, Piecing it Together: Austin Grafitti Art 1984-2004

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.

SPECIAL For Kids/ Teachers:

An Empowered Village and its Citizens

Flag of the People Activity, VivaMexico2020.net

For Kids/ Teachers:

Borderland Wildlife

Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon photography exhibit at the MACC, Jan-March 2020

Community Healing Garden

Learn about healing plants, like those that we grow in our community garden!

Download a printable, informational brochure in English and Spanish.

Stay Creative!

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 lori.navarrete@austintexas.gov.

Learn more about Figuralo!

Arts Responders

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.

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Created with images by Theodor Vasile - "'62 Impala | Modified by Tomas Vazquez between 2013 to 2018" • Deb Dowd - "Sloth" Photos by Ulises Garcia