On behalf of the Mexic-Arte Museum Board of Directors and Staff Members, we whole-heartedly thank all our generous sponsors that supported the Museum during this past year of the pandemic. As we reflect on the past twelve months, it seems like it began yesterday. The year was filled with many emotions – starting with the fear of not understanding what Covid was, what a pandemic meant to us personally, and to the organization. As soon as we covered all the art and windows, turned all the lights off, locked the door and went home, our fears quickly transformed into determination.
We welcome everyone to Mexic-Arte Museum as all museums, theaters and businesses begin to open up after a difficult year. Visit the Museum to view the exhibition, Mexico, the Border and Beyond and see the online exhibit, Life and Experiences in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands. In addition, be sure to view the Museum’s online video lecture series featuring humanities scholars in conjunction with the exhibition. As part of exhibition programming, the Museum’s Education Associates developed interactive, virtual lesson plans; one is included in this newsletter for families to create at home.
Now that the snow has melted, debris removed and repairs being made, houses are warm, and water has returned to most of our homes and businesses, we can begin to organize our lives back to the new normal little by little. It will take time to repair the damage that last week’s storm caused. It will linger for a long time.
It is with heavy hearts that the Mexic-Arte Museum announces the passing of our friend Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. on Jan. 3, 2021. For over three decades he lived in El Paso, Texas, frugally supporting artists, preserving historical records, and gathering artwork piece by piece to build a cultural legacy that now has a home at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas.
We are so grateful to you, our supporters who inspired and made these accomplishments and successes possible. Mexic-Arte Museum relies on donations from the community in order to provide high quality exhibitions, vibrant cultural events, and valuable community education services. Your support has allowed us to serve the growing number of youth and families in Austin this year through in person and online programming.
Friends and families joined the Mexic-Arte Museum for the 2020 Catrina Gala en Familia: A Family Affair & Virtual Edition on November 1st in the comfort of their home. Proceeds from the Gala benefited our award winning education and exhibition programs, and Museum operations, all in dire need of funding due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
Friends and families will join Mexic-Arte Museum for the 2020 Catrina Gala en Familia: A Family Affair & Virtual Edition on November 1st in the comfort of your home. This year, proceeds from the Gala will benefit our award winning education and exhibition programs, and Museum operations, all in dire need of funding due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis. With the current situation, we are going virtual with the annual Gala.
The Fall Season Brings New Exhibits, and Programs That Reflect Our Times. Mexic-Arte Museum opens the fall season with two new exhibits ELA (Emerging Latinx Artists) 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio, Intersection: Shock & Relief, (formally known as YLA, Young Latinx Artists) which celebrates the last twenty-five years of exhibitions featuring emerging Latinx artists.
Another Cultural Leader Departs, Contributions Remain.
“My friend Johnny Limon passed away on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. I attended his funeral at the Mission Funeral Home South Side via Facebook. The service was filled with love from all his family and friends, and Mariachis played all the songs he loved. A beautiful and informative obituary was published in the Austin American Statesman where I learned more about Johnny. I share some of this information now.” – Sylvia Orozco