Miembros Newsletter: April 2024

You are invited to Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, the upcoming exhibition opening on April 12th!

Juan Carlos Escobedo, Gold Rivetsai Glasses x J.ESC, 2022

A Message from the Director

News About Exciting Events in April & May

You are invited to Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, the upcoming exhibition opening on April 12th! Curated by Isabel Servantez and Luisa Fernanda Perez, Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024 is a reflection on and documentation of past artist residencies at Mexic-Arte Museum. The Changarrito Cart was conceptualized in Mexico City by Maximo Gonzales and brought to Austin by Leslie Moody Castro. Since 2012, Mexic-Arte has hosted the Changarrito cart in Austin. It has been a platform for artists to show their work and interact with the public on 5th St and Congress Ave. for more than a decade. Going on thirteen years, the Changarrito cart has exhibited artwork by over one hundred emerging artists. Mexic-Arte purchased artwork, took photos, and otherwise documented all artist residencies. Now, the permanent collection serves as a record of each artist’s unique methods of interpretation and creative expression. Thank you to the Mexic-Arte Museum team for producing this important exhibition!

You are Invited to the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon & Taste of Mexico

Two exciting special events return this spring! The Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, which will be held on April 25th at the Thompson Hotel, celebrates the traditional holiday as well as the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor. Taste of Mexico, a Mexican-inspired food and beverage festival, will be held on May 1st. For the first time, Taste of Mexico will be held ‘al aire libre,’ or ‘outdoors,’ at Republic Square Park. Spring is here – plan to come out and enjoy these exciting and educational events!

The Cinco de Mayo Luncheon will gather downtown businesses and stakeholders to celebrate, promote and learn about the Mexic-Arte Museum, the Cinco de Mayo historic event, and the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District.

Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck

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General Ignacio Zaragosa, ARTIST, linocut
Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection

This year, Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck will be the Guest Speaker for the 2024 Cinco de Mayo Luncheon. His talk is titled The Legacy of the Illustrious General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), a Native of Goliad, Texas. A native of South Texas, Thomas H. Kreneck earned a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in history from Bowling Green State University. From 1976-1990, he served as an archivist historian at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), which documented the development of the Houston urban region. Notably, he founded and developed HMRC’s Mexican American archival component and helped HMRC to launch The Houston Review: History and Culture of the Gulf Coast. From 1990-2012, Kreneck directed Special Collections & Archives within the library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. An author of articles, book chapters, and books, Dr. Kreneck is recognized in Chicano history circles for Mexican American Odyssey: Felix Tijerina, Entrepreneur and Civic Leader, 1905-1965 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2002) and Del Pueblo: A History of Houston’s Hispanic Community (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012. Dr. Kreneck’s interest in General Zaragoza is a result of his family roots in Goliad County, as well as from his lifelong association with the Goliad State Park and the Presidio La Bahia. For more information about the event, see the event page or contact Development Coordinator Adrienne Brown at .  We look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon!

The 5th Street Corridor & District Project Engagement Begins

Mexic-Arte Museum, City of Austin and Downtown Austin Alliance staff and interns starting the canvassing project for the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor Photo Credit: Raven Birk, Downtown Austin Alliance

Since 2010, Mexic-Arte Museum and supporters have worked to create, develop, and garner support for the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor. The goal of the Corridor is to interconnect and enhance the downtown network of public parks and streets; attract tourism and economic development; celebrate and recognize the distinct history, culture, and identity of the place; introduce historic interpretation elements; and reinforce an authentic sense of place.

Mexic-Arte Museum, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and the City of Austin are working to earn Cultural Heritage District designation for the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community vitality. The District will be defined by the geographic anchors of Republic Square on West 5th St and Plaza Saltillo on East 5th St.Thank you to the Downtown Austin Alliance and Mexic-Arte Museum Staff for making the Canvassing Round #1 of the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor Community Engagement Project a great success! Thank you to Juany Torres and the City of Austin for supporting this important project. On March 28th, this enthusiastic group walked in groups of two down 5th Street, from Republic Square to IH-35. Each team met with businesses to inform them about the 5th St. Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District, as well as to invite them to upcoming events. Our goal is to bring together 5th Street businesses and stakeholders to gather feedback to create, develop and garner support for the Corridor and Heritage District. Event 1 (lunch provided) will take place on April 16th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Mexic-Arte Museum.  Event 2 will take place virtually Wednesday, April 17th 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. For more information, please visit our 5th Street Corridor and District webpage.

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Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco, Modesta Trevino, Angel Quesada, Fidencio Duran, Sylvia-Orozco, Dr. Claudia Zapata, and Bryana Iglesias, at the public engagement event

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Dr. Cynthia E. Orozco speaks on the history of Mexican Americans in downtown, Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

AIPP Event Draws Community Participation

The first public engagement event for the new Museum building’s Art in Public Places project was held on March 24th. Artists Fidencio Duran and Angel Quesada were selected to create this mural. Exploring the Cultural Tapestry of the Mexican American Community in Downtown Austin: A Celebration of History, Art, and Community aimed to capture the essence of local history and community values for the design mural concepts. Featured speakers were Sylvia-Orozco, Co-founder and Executive Director of Mexic Arte Museum; Modesta Trevino, local artist whose genealogical study inspired Austin’s Mexico: A Forgotten Downtown map; Dr. Cynthia Orozco, Professor Emeritus, Eastern New Mexico University in Ruidoso; and Dr. Claudia Zapata, artist, scholar, and the first Associate Curator of Latino Art at the Blanton Museum.

The second panel, Exploring Mural Art and Community Experiences: Native American, Latino, and Mexican American Cultural History in Texas and the Southwest, will be held on April 13th from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at ACC Riverside El Centro, 1020 Grove Blvd Bldg. H. This roundtable discussion “will focus on Native American, Latino, and Chicano history, art, and culture in Austin, Texas, and the southwestern United States. Emphasis will be on community murals that can provide access to resources for artists.” Featured Speakers are Dr. Gary Moreno, Director of El Centro, Latino/Latin American Studies at ACC Riverside; Sylvia-Orozco, Co-founder, and Executive Director of Mexic-Arte Museum; Monica Maldonado, Founder of non-profit Mas Culture; Dr. Andres Tijerina, scholar and author of works including Tejanos and Texas under the Mexican Flag, 1821 – 1836 and Tejano Empire: Life on the South Texas Ranches; Carmen Rangel, local muralist and community arts leader. This event is free to the public.

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco


Mexic-Arte Museum Presents:
Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024

April 12, 2024 – August 25, 2024

If you find yourself walking through the streets of Mexico, you will inevitably encounter a changarrito, a food cart, or locally run shop. Changarritos, enticing with the smell of antojitos, the persistent beckoning of vendors, or sheer curiosity, are difficult to ignore. These carts exist freely, usually outside of the controls, supervision, or instruction of formal institutions. More than just a business, changarritos are an integral part of Mexican culture, communities, and families. 

In 2005, artist Máximo González initiated a Changarrito cart as a possible platform for artists to present their art to the people without having to be accepted by traditional art spaces or official curatorship, blurring the boundaries between established galleries and tianguis (informal street markets). Changarrito offers opportunities to artists and those interested in purchasing art; either to collect, use, or give away to a loved one. More so, the program creates the possibility to develop art as an encuentro: a moment of connection between the artists and the public, a moment that is profoundly personal and collective.

From its inception in Mexico City, the Changarrito has made appearances in twenty-two cities, brought to Austin by Leslie Moody Castro and becoming active at the Mexic-Arte Museum in 2012. Since the program’s implementation, dozens of artists have used it to display their art and interact with the public on 5th Street and Congress Avenue. In 2020, with the rise of Covid, the Changarrito residency introduced a digital component called changarreando. Now, more people than ever are able to learn about and engage with the monthly Changarrito resident artists thanks to the Changarrito art cart residency, which has resumed its in-person component while continuing with its digital feature.

The artworks in this exhibition are part of Mexic-Arte’s permanent collection, acquired during the residencies of Changarrito artists from 2012 to 2024. This year, Mexic-Arte celebrates the history and legacy of this program through the artwork of over a hundred artists, many from Texas. Accompanying the display of artworks, Mexic-Arte has commissioned a sound piece by Lisa Salidvar (Mexico City), an interactive artwork by Gil Rocha (Laredo, Texas), a hand-painted exhibition sign by Alán Serna (San Antonio, Texas), and a mural by Stephen Longoria, (San Diego, California), titled Tejas Forever. Additionally, Mexic-Arte will host a variety of encuentros taking place during the span of the exhibition, which will include Family Days, Media Mixers, a panel discussion, and pop up art sales in the Mexic-Arte store.

Through the Changarrito residency Mexic-Arte has cultivated a platform for artists to share their artwork and foster community. We invite you to reflect on the history of Changarrito at Mexic-Arte and engage with artists, staff, and the larger community to create your own encuentros.

Learn more about the artists here!

View the Mexic-Arte Changarrito Artists over the years!

The Mexic-Arte Museum invites you to the opening reception for Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

When: Friday, April 12th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas, 78701

Parking: Frost Bank Tower – $10 parking for visitors after 5pm (4th and Brazos St.)

Live Music Performance: DJ Pinche Juan & lluvii

Admission: $10 for Non-members or Free for Museum Members

Refreshments: Dulce Vida

Antojitos: Lichas Cantina

$25 special discount on full year individual memberships at the door only!

Become a Member!

April 2024 Changarrito Artist Celeste De Luna!

Healing Borderland Hand, linocut, 15 x 20” 2023
Culebra Azul, 24 x 36, Color Reduction woodcut, 2023

Artist Statement

“My artistic practice delves into individual and collective experiences, interweaving the realms of physical, spiritual, and psychic environments. Within this exploration, I explore power dynamics, examining the interplay between people, animals, domestic spaces, and the expansive Texan landscape – a space that resonates with diverse identities and narratives, also known as Tejas. Drawing inspiration from nature, cultural encounters, and science fiction, my artistic vision embraces futurism, offering a unique lens through which to view these complex relationships and environments. Grounded in my own lived experiences, including those related to ADD, mental health, and caregiving, I channel my embodied experiences into my work.

The backdrop of Texas, with its distinct infrastructure, has profoundly shaped my navigation through various environments, both physically and emotionally. Through my work, I aim to preserve and illustrate the traces of this impact, shedding light on themes such as the intrinsic human desire for escape and movement, feminist and border issues, as well as my concerns about the environment and concern for our collective future.”

About the Artist

Celeste De Luna is an artist/printmaker originally from the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Celeste is a self-taught printmaker whose work includes large-scale woodcut prints and fabric installation. A long time educator of over 15 years in public schools and higher education, she is an enthusiastic home cook. Celeste’s grapefruit pie recipe was published in the book “Don’t Count the Tortillas” by Adan Medrano and she appears in his 2021 film Truly Texas Mexican advocating for traditional food, street vendors, and Tejano culture. Currently, she lives in San Antonio, works out of her home studio, Metztli Press, and teaches at Northwest Vista College. “A true daughter of the borderlands, her art celebrates the quotidian and the exceptional on the border,” writes indigenous studies professor Ines Hernandez-Avila. Celeste has been awarded residencies, fellowships, & grants from Vermont Studio Center, ArtplaceAmerica, a Blade of Grass, Santa Fe Art Institute Artist Residency and in 2022, showed her work in Vancouver, Canada.

Come see Celeste and support her when she is at the museum April 13th, 14th, 27th, and 28th. She will be interviewed by Isabel Servantez, the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs on Instagram Live on Thursday, April 25th at 5:00pm.

You can see Celeste’s artwork here.

March Changarrito Artist, Richard Alexander Greene

Photo Credit: Richard Greene
Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

The Changarrito artist for March 2024, Richard Alexander Greene, presented his work on the Changarrito cart at Mexic-Arte Museum on March 9th, 10th, 23rd and 24th. You can see his conversation with Mexic-Arte Curator Isabel Servantez on Instagram here.

About the Artist

Richard A. Greene is a visual artist and organizer who lives and works in Austin, Texas. His work incorporates experimental printmaking into sculpture, emphasizing the module through glazed tiles and found materials. His work has been exhibited with Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and ICOSA Collective. He recently founded Greenhouse, an alternative art space focusing on emerging artists. Greene has worked as a Risograph Fellow and Print Studio Intern and was featured as a speaker at SXSW EDU 2022. He received his BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2023.

You can see more of Richard’s artwork here.

About Changarrito Program

Changarrito is an art vending cart conceptualized by artist Maximo Gonzalez as an alternative to the official gallery selection presented by the Mexican cultural authorities. True to the Mexic-Arte Museum’s mission, the Changarrito is


Changarrito Artist Features: Gabi Magaly and Alán Serna

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, Mexic-Arte Museum highlights a few of the artists that will be on display during this exhibition. These artists were part of the Changarrito Project, in which Mexic-Arte picks an artist a month to create a platform for their art and be able to sell their work on the selected weekends at the museum from our “changarrito”, or little cart.

Gabi Magaly, Cuando creed en ti misma te ves más bonito, 2020, Archival Pigment Print, 33” x 44”

Gabi Magaly was our Changarrito artist for October 2021. Magaly is an emerging artist born in Bryan, Texas. Magaly received her BFA in photography at Sam Houston State University in 2015 and received her MFA in Visual Arts at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2020. Magaly has exhibited in solo shows at Satellite Gallery, Huntsville, TX; The Brick, San Antonio, TX; Presa House Gallery, San Antonio, TX; Casa Lu, Mexico City. Her numerous group exhibitions include at Luis Leu Gallery, Karlsruhe, Germany; The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX; Masur Museum in Monroe, Louisiana; Museo De Las Américas in Dever, Colorado; She’s been awarded two CAMMIE awards from Blue Star Contemporary and Luminaria Contemporary Cultural Center during Contemporary Art Month 2020. She works predominantly in the medium of photography, but also employs other mediums like sculptural installation and embroidery. Magaly currently lives in San Antonio, Texas and works remotely at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. Magaly states, ““Growing up in a Mexican-American household, my childhood was saturated with the machismo and marianismo culture. Hypermasculinity oozes brutality, control, and bad cologne. Placated and tongue-biting women don’t speak up, act up, and always have rice and tortillas on the table at precisely six o’clock. Daughters are raised to submit to men, and are being taught to fetishize purity and holiness. We are expected to feed stomachs, ego, and a taste for violence. With my work, I draw from my experience within this toxic culture and provide a call to action for the women who don’t have a voice to feel empowered and for the men with a little too much to say to be softened. The imagery I use within my work is: Fiesta spices, Fideo, prayer cards, candles, blankets, and tortillas. I want these items to be culturally and physically accessible. A visual language usually reserved for Abuela’s kitchen and living room is transformed into defiance, empowerment, and hopefully change.”

Alán Serna at the Changarrito Cart, Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

Alán Serna was our Changarrito artist for July 2023, and also created a sign for Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024 commissioned by the Mexic-Arte is a mixed media artist from Huanusco, Zacatecas, MX, now living and working in San Antonio, TX. In 2018, Serna earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Intermedia from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking in 2015 from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing. Serna is the co-founder and Master Printer of Feral Editions, an independent publisher of fine art prints, artist books, and ephemera. Serna states, “My practice centers around processes that facilitate sharing narratives, including traditional printmaking, mass-produced ephemera, and videography. I sample and re-compose photos from family archives, smartphone photographs, and screenshots to chronicle my family’s personal and political immigrant narratives. Through my practice, I touch on aspects of my bi-national upbringing, my relationship to labor, and simultaneous feelings of nostalgia and displacement.”

Come see Magaly’s and Serna’s work, along with over a hundred other artists, in our upcoming exhibition Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, from April 12 to August 27, 2024!


Spring Intern Highlights

Get to know more about the wonderful interns at Mexic-Arte Museum! For this month we are interviewing three interns who are part of the first cohort participating in the Latino Museum Internship Expansion Project.

Through the Latino Museum Internship Expansion Project, Mexic-Arte supports museum-based undergraduate internship programs designed to advance individuals’ careers in studying American Latinx life, art, history, and culture. 

Applications for Summer 2024 internships are open! The deadline to apply is April 10th. 

We thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services for supporting this initiative. 

Preparator Intern Julio Martinez installing artwork for the Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin exhibition
Julio Martinez – Preparator Intern 

I’m Julio Martinez, a senior at UT Austin double-majoring with a BFA in Studio Art and a BS in Arts and Entertainment Technologies. Ever since I stepped into the museum for the first time, I felt welcomed into the space. After engaging with events and exhibitions, I understood that Mexic-Arte holds an initiative to share and grow our culture with the community while opening opportunities for artists like myself. I knew I wanted to be part of a unique project like this one. Apart from helping install the Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition, I have really enjoyed helping to organize Mexic-Arte’s archive and art storage in preparation for its big move to a temporary space. It’s a busy time, and I’m excited about the museum’s future. Understanding how the Mexic-Arte team works together will one day help me structure and run a successful DIY art space. I feel more connected and supported to continue growing as an artist and inspired to create opportunity.

I’m excited to graduate this semester! The Studio Art class of 2024 will have a Senior Thesis Exhibition featuring undergraduate and graduate work opening on April 19th at the Visual Arts Center. I hope everyone can come and see what my classmates and I have worked on.

Collections Intern Monica Olivo installing artwork for the Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin exhibition
Monica Olivo – Collections Intern 

My name is Monica Olivo and I’m a Mexican American and Latina/o Studies major at UT. I’m also pursuing a certificate in Museum Studies. As a Chicana working toward a career in archives, I’m always interested in how collecting institutions represent marginalized communities. I knew I could learn a lot from an institution like Mexic-Arte, which foregrounds Latinx/e art and culture and engages so much with the Austin community. I’m so grateful to have access to such a unique experience. Lately I’ve been accessioning materials from the museum’s Changarrito residency program. I love getting to interact with the art work, and being exposed to such incredible Latinx/e artists. Through this project, I’m also learning a lot about the technical side of documenting and managing museum collections, which is really exciting.

My time with Mexic-Arte has given me the confidence to pursue opportunities in museums in my post-graduation job search. I love learning, and truly feel that any kind of experience I can get can be useful no matter where the road leads me. As a collections intern, I’ve learned a lot about the workflow of processing and documenting artifacts; and through conversations with my mentor at Mexic-Arte, I’ve learned how my experience in archives and libraries can also be applied in museum work. Since 2021, I’ve been an archives assistant and project manager for Chicana por mi Raza (CPMR), a digital archive that documents and preserves Chicanx histories from the Long Sixties. My work with CPMR has been a guiding experience throughout my undergrad, and a constant reminder that I’m standing on the shoulders of so many brave, resilient, and fierce Chicanas before me. I feel so lucky to support this project as way of honoring and building upon that legacy.

Joel Saucedo, Digital Media Intern
Joel Saucedo- Digital Media Intern 

My name is Joel, I attend the University of London (Remote), and my major is Computer Science. I decided to apply to this opportunity to improve my web development skills and expand my network by meeting new people. Additionally, this opportunity aligns perfectly with my passions for art, Mexican culture, and technology. I’m Mexican and I’ve always been passionate about my culture. Back in Mexico I took art classes and I’ve been exploring different mediums ever since and I’ve found web development to be the perfect intersection between my creative side and my technical one. This internship offers all of that. 

A project that has been both exciting and challenging, was creating an archive page to improve how past exhibitions are displayed on Mexic-Arte’s website. My supervisor gave me flexibility and ownership in the project. However, I realized that working with WordPress had a series of limitations, and although it was possible to achieve our goal without using WordPress, it had some disadvantages like it being hard to maintain and not the best user experience. Instead I opted to do it with code, it was more work upfront, but once the system is in place, it organizes all the content automatically with the added benefit of being a better experience for the users. 

During my time in the internship I learned the process of implementing new features for a website that is used by hundreds of people. I learned that it is important to do proper research and design to make sure that it is accessible to all people, as well as proper testing. Additionally, it has helped me to gain a deeper understanding of how WordPress works and the opportunity to learn some php. Outside of work, I’ve been working on improving my coding skills by contributing to open source projects. This has been really exciting since I’ve met other students and mentors.

Welcome New Printmaking Teaching Artists!

Screen It! is the Mexic-Arte Museum’s award winning screen printing art education program. Screen printing is an art technique often not offered in public schools due to costs and the process involved; nonetheless, the Mexic-Arte Museum Screen It! program makes it accessible to students at Title 1 Schools in Austin, Del Valle and Manor. Teaching Artists serve youth ages 10 and 17, introducing them to the principles of screen printing and related careers in the arts. Youth learn about the history of screen printing as a vehicle for expression and activism and how to screen print. Then they turn their artwork into stencil designs and print them onto a poster, t-shirt or bag that they get to keep. 

Screen It! connects students to artists and creatives in the Austin art community. Teaching artists guiding students in the development of their art skills as a tool of expression and as valuable entrepreneurial skills. They generously share their creative practices and connect students to art and community resources from the Museum and Austin organizations, serving youth as a positive adult role model. 

Thank you to Austin Public Health Community Youth Development, Austin Public Health Office of Violence Prevention, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts for awarding funds to provide these programs!

Thank you to our educator partners at Austin ISD, Manor ISD, Del Valle ISD, City of Austin Parks and Recreation and Harmony Public Schools for hosting our programs!

Learn more about Screen It!

Teaching Artists, Carolyn Porter Stuart

Carolyn Porter Stuart is currently a teaching artist for Mexic-Arte Museum. She holds a BFA in printmaking from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As a teenager, she graduated from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas. In addition to her studio art training, she has taught and worked at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She is currently working on projects with the SkySpace Foundation run by James Turrell in Flagstaff, New Mexico.

Connecting with the Screen It! student community has been an inspiring way to engage in new ideas and concepts about printmaking and its history, and she loves working directly with the students in AISD and Manor ISD.

Teaching Artist, Meredith Agerton-Diebold

Meredith Agerton-Diebold is a teaching artist for the Mexic-Arte Museum and a freelance screen printer. She is originally from Ruston, Louisiana where she received a BFA in Graphic Design at Louisiana Tech University, but has lived in Austin for the past four years and loves the city for its parks, trails, museums, and cinemas. She loves exploring the range of possibilities with screen printing as well as charcoal drawing and film photography. She’s involved with local art markets where she sells her own screen printed apparel and poster prints.

Teaching Artist, Andrea Montilva Pilonieta 

Andrea Montilva Pilonieta– Visual Artist and Graphic Designer 

I graduated in Mérida Venezuela, focusing my artwork on acrylic and watercolor children’s illustration. I did a couple exhibitions during my studies in college, and have a mini Mural in Alpine TX and two story books for children.

With experience in teaching the arts and formal education for more than 2 years, and teaching my knowledge, I love to be around the good vibes of kids.

When I am not teaching Screen Printing, I am teaching watercolor and painting my illustrations.

Thank you to all our teaching artists for their hard work this school year and for generously sharing their practices with the youth!

Screen It! Classes at Manor Schools

Students practicing screen printing, Photo Credit: Jasmine Chock
Students practicing screen printing, Photo Credit: Jasmine Chock

This school year, Teaching Artists are teaching screen printing to students in Manor, TX at Decker Elementary School, Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School, Oak Meadows Elementary School, Manor New Tech Middle School, Decker Middle School and Manor New Tech High School. 

In addition to learning screen printing, students learned about Day of the Dead traditions and Jose Posada’s illustrations in the fall. Now they are learning how to share their art and creativity with their communities through learning about the Changarrito Residency Artists’ practices. 

Thank you to Applied Materials and the National Endowment for the Arts for funding our Screen It! Projects at Manor School. Thank you to our teaching artists for helping bring their teaching skills and creative practices to schools in Manor. 

Special Events

Cinco de Mayo Luncheon 2024
Cinco de Mayo Luncheon 2023, Photo Credit: Chris Caselli

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Place: Thompson Hotel, 506 San Jancinto Blvd., Austin, Texas, 78701

Guest Speakers: Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck – The Legacy of the Illustrious General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), a Native of Goliad, Texas

Attire: Business and/or Fiesta Attire

Music: Mariachi Chavez

Silent Action: Artwork and more!

Click here for the Sponsorship Packet!

We are so excited to invite you to the second annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon! Taking place Thursday, April 25 at the Thompson Hotel, this event promises to be a gathering full of festive music, tasty cuisine, and information sharing. 

If you have questions, feel free to check out the event page (link to event page) or contact Development Coordinator Adrienne Brown at (link to my email).

We look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon!

Taste of Mexico 2024

Taste of Mexico returns on May 1st to celebrate the artistry and culinary innovation of Austin and Mexico! Since 1998, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Taste of Mexico has become one of the leading Mexican-inspired culinary events of the year, with over 1,200 people in attendance in previous years. This culturally conscious event invites guests to generously sample creative cuisines from over 50 of Austin’s most eclectic and exciting restaurants, food trucks, and beverage purveyors providing fine tequilas and mezcales. This year’s Taste of Mexico will follow the theme Antojitos. Guests will also get to enjoy food demos, music, and more!

Get a sneak peek of Taste of Mexico here!

Taste of Mexico 2023, Photo Credit: Chris Caselli

Theme: Antojitos / “Little Cravings”

Antojitos are “little cravings,” or delicious appetizers, that reflect the diverse regional influences and ingredients that contribute to their creation. From street vendors to family gatherings to traditional mercados, antojitos are enjoyed across Mexico, fostering a sense of community and connection through shared meals. Tamales, tacos, quesadillas, sopes, flautas, gorditas, tortas, elotes y más are just a few examples of these delectable treats that showcase Mexico’s culinary heritage. In Antojitos we celebrate the spirit of Mexican hospitality and we enjoy the vibrant flavors that define this remarkable cuisine from various chefs/restaurants.

Check out some of the vendors joining us this year! More to come!

Para beber: Dulce Vida Tequila, Creador Agave Spirits, Proeza Tequila, Dos Cuernos Tequila, CERVEZA CHARRO, Topo Chico, Surtierra Tequila, Dos Hombres Mezcal, AUSTIN AGUAS FRESCAS, Haciendo Coffee Roasters, Mom & Pops Frozen Pops, Austin Eastciders, Tequila101 LLC

Para comer: Maudie’s Tex Mex, COVER 3, Que Monita Ice Cream, Licha’s Cantina, CHAPULÍN CANTINA Churros la Catrina, Curra’s Grill, Suculenta Cocina Mexicana, AUSTIN AGUAS FRESCAS (AUSTIN AF), La Cantina Truck, Simar Seafood & Steak, Eldorado Cafe, Chulas , H-E-B

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Time: 6–9pm; VIP Access 5:30pm
Where: Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
Music & Performance: Mariachi Austin, Ballet Folklorico Austin, DJ uLOVEi and more!

Activities: Screen printing, Loteria, and more fun!
Tickets: Early Bird Tickets through April 14th!
$60 Museum Members, $65 General Admission, $80 VIP

Click here to view the Sponsorship Packet


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Thank You for Participating in Amplify Austin Day 2024!

Thanks to the effort of our community, we hit our $1,000 fundraising goal! We could not be more grateful to our community for your support.

If you missed out on Amplify Austin, fear not! You can still donate here anytime.


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Operations, Exhibition and Art Education Programs Support: Ampersand Art Supply, Applied Materials, Austin Convention Center, Austin Independent School District Creative Classrooms, Austin Lowriding, Peter M. Baez, Michael Best, the Brown Foundation, Brown Distributing Company, Capital Printing, Chase Bank, City of Austin Departments: Cultural Arts Division; Economic Development; Health Department; Community Youth Development Program; Parks & Recreation; Public Works; and Special Events, Clay Imports, Consulate General of Mexico in Austin, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages, Erwin Cuellar, Libby & Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Downtown Austin Alliance, Dr. Karen Davalos, Endeavor Real Estate Group, Fenix Post Tension, Inc., Fonda San Miguel, Ford Foundation, Tom Gilliland, GoDaddy, GTOPs Capacity, Juan J Gutierrez, Charlotte Hage Dalbey, Jennifer Hage Bond, Patricia Hage Hirsh, Robin Suzanne Hage, H-E-B, H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Hendler Flores Law, Humanities Texas, IBC Bank, IBM, Institute of Museum & Library Services, Ed Jordan, JP’s Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, La Voz, Linbeck, LMN/Page, Ann McEldowney, Bettina & Travis Mathis, Mellon Foundation, Gloria Moore, National Endowment for The Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Nettie & M.K. Hage Family, Laurel Prats, Gloria Reyna, Elizabeth Rogers, Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr., Rosa Santis & Pedro SS Services, Serie Print Project, Siete, Delia Sifuentes, Silcone Labs, Spurs, State Farm – Alejandra de la Torre, Susto Mezcal, Ingrid and James Taylor, Texas Commission of the Arts, Texas Gas Service, Thompson Austin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Univision 62, Univision Radio, Warfield Center, Waterloo Greenway, Lola Wright Foundation, Jane & Manuel Zuniga, and Mark Zuniga, 3M – Austin.