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Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

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History of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of Mexican American cultural arts and heritage. The center is a tremendous resource for the community and visitors to learn and participate in classes and programs that will foster a meaningful understanding and appreciation of not only Mexican American but also Native American, Chicano, and other Latino cultures. The programs and education curriculum include the areas of visual art, theatre, dance, literature, music, multi-media, and the culinary arts.

The idea of establishing a cultural facility for Latino artists and the community emerged in the early 1970s.  Several Hispanic visionaries and artists approached the City of Austin to request support for the development of a Hispanic focused cultural arts facility.

Finally, in 1986, the City Council appointed a task force to determine the feasibility of building a Mexican American Cultural Center.  It was the first of various advisory groups created to provide guidance in the development of the center. Later, the City contracted the services of a major consulting team to conduct a formal and comprehensive location, market, financial feasibility and operations study.  The team’s recommendations supported establishment of a center.

In 1992, the center was part of the citywide bond package put before the voters.  The referendum did not pass.  By 1998, the community had regrouped and with the leadership provided by Hispanic elected officials and other leaders of the community, the 1999 bond package was approved by the voters. The following year, the City authorized a professional services agreement with CasaBella + Del Campo and Maru and Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon for architectural design and construction phase services. A Master Plan for the Mexican American Cultural Center was also developed with input from the community and from various Mexican American arts organizations. The long awaited ground breaking ceremony took place in November of 2005.  Construction of the Mexican American Cultural Center began in January of 2006, and the facility was completed in June of 2007.  The reality of the long-time dream was finalized on September 15, 2007 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by thousands from the community.  


Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center's collections


"Piecing it Together: Austin Graffiti Art 1984-2004"

<p></p><p>"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. The show is organized by each decade which helped shape the backbone of Austin’s vibrant Graffiti Art culture. 1984-1989 is the dawning of Austin's hip-hop culture with high pressure Krylon cans and painting illegally in the streets. These originals were influenced by movies like Style Wars, Beat Street and WildStyle. This first generation understood the four elements of hip hop culture to be a community that embraced graffiti, break dancing, DJing and rapping. 1990-1998 saw a revival of graffiti art with crews forming such as NBK (No Boundaries Krew) which was seminal and a big influence around Texas and beyond. Moving into the 2000’s brought a whole new era of artists with evolving styles and perspective. Low pressure paint cans, a broader color palette, and the internet all allowed more production of and documentation of this previously mercurial art form. Masterpieces could be archived and styles shared with increased access to cameras and computers. Together this group of innovators laid the foundation for the inclusive, diverse, creative graffiti art scene we enjoy today. -Nathan Nordstrom</p> <p>Nathan “SLOKE” Nordstrom is an Austin, Texas native who has been professionally producing graffiti art since the 1990s. Specializing in the use of spray paint, Sloke travels the world exhibiting and curating art shows, and producing murals for companies including: Apple, Facebook, Nike, Google, Red Bull, Tecate, Jose Cuervo, Pepsi, Scholtzsky’s, Nordstrom, Ray Ban, Pandora, Cartoon Network, Trouble Maker Studios, Univision, Time Warner, Vimeo, Fox Network, CNN, Reagan Outdoor Advertising, SXSW, Nikon, Toyota Scion, Ford Motors, F1 Circuit of the Americas, Rackspace, Tango, R.J. Reynolds, University of Texas at Austin, American Heart Association and many others.</p><p><a href="" class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><span class="organization">Original gallery exhibit was at the Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC)</span> in Austin, Texas from January 24, 2020 until March 28, 2020. </p><p></p>
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Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Virtual Tour

<p>Take a virtual tour of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on-site art installations.</p>
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Caminos Teen Leadership Program

<p>CAMINOS is an immersive; one year long paid internship empowering Austin-area Teens to carve their own path in the creative arts. Students work alongside ESB-MACC professionals on a variety of community oriented activities, projects, and exhibitions.</p><p>#ethnicstudies</p>
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center