Miembros Newsletter: August 2022

A Message from The Director

(From left) Raul Valdez; Sylvia Orozco, Executive Director of Mexic-Arte Museum; Santa Barraza; Modesta Treviño; Juan Tejeda; and Isabel Servantez, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs, pose together after the Memories, Recollections y Más: Artists Panel II at the Mexic-Arte Museum on August 19, 2022.

Reflecting on El Movimiento and Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s

On August 19th, we featured Memories, Recollections y Más: Artists Panel Discussion and the Closing Reception for the exhibition, Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s. The exhibit included art, photographs, newspapers and journals created during the Chicano/a renaissance in Austin, Texas during “El Movimiento” (The Chicano Civil Rights Movement). As the first comprehensive exhibition of the understudied Chicano art movement in Austin, this exhibition demonstrates the challenges these artists faced as they learned about their history, dealt with systemic injustice, sought a unique Chicano/a art voice, and found or created a place for themselves. Panel I included artists —  Carolina Flores, Luis Guerra, Alan Pogue and Marta Sanchez. Panel II featured Santa Barraza, Juan Tejeda, Modesta Treviño and Raul Valdez. Isabel Servantez, Co-Curator of the exhibit and myself moderated the panel. We asked artists to share their experiences, memories and reflections about the early years of in Austin. Questions included: “How were you introduced to the Movimiento?”,  “How was your art influenced?”, “What obstacles and/or support did you encounter?”, “How do you feel that exhibitions like this one are important to marking the history of Chicano/a art, not only in this country, but more specifically, in Austin?”, “What do you think is the importance of cultural centers like Mexic-Arte Museum, the Mexican American Cultural Center, and La Peña in Austin, especially in a moment where the demographics of Austin and its economy is pushing Latinos out of the community?” Many expressed the importance of this exhibition and its documentation through a video and catalog. In conjunction with the exhibit, The University of Texas Center for Mexican American Studies collaborated with Mexic-Arte to produce eleven oral histories of exhibiting artists under the Voces Program. We are currently presenting the series of ten Art Talks with humanities scholars for the online exhibit. The panel was both in person and live streamed on Facebook. Enthusiasm and camaraderie amongst artists and friends followed the panel.

With every exhibition, there is sense of accomplishment as well sadness at the closing like the feeling one experiences when friends depart. Relief comes knowing that the exhibition will continue online. Mexic Arte Museum hopes to develop a catalog that will include the art and documents in this exhibition. Generations in the future can learn and understand the great contributions of the artists, cultural workers and community leaders, and how we made a place for Chicano/a, Mexicano/a, Latinx community in Austin.

Juan Tejeda, a musician, writer, ex-jefe danzante Mexica-Azteca, arts administrator, educator, activist, editor and publisher wrote an essay, A Personal Testimonio: The Convergence of the Chicano Movement, Chicano Studies and the Xicano/a Cultural Renaissance in Austin, Texas 1972-1980, and Their Legacy, for the exhibition. He summarized this project brilliantly; “This early work served as a training ground for many of us in the furtherance of the social justice and liberation ideals and goals of the Chicano Movement, which has continued to guide us and manifest itself in our life’s work in the Xicanx Arts, Chicano/a/x Studies and various cultural arts organizations across the state and nation over the last fifty years.”

He adds, “For me, two of the greatest legacies of the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ‘70s are: Chicano/a/x Studies, also referred to as Mexican American Studies and the establishment of Chicano cultural arts organizations and institutions in our communities throughout Aztlan. As a result of, and in tandem with, the Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, there was an explosion of creativity and a flowering of the Chicano/a arts, artists, and arts organizations in our barrios across the nation in a brilliant display of creative resistance that became known as the Chicano Cultural Renaissance. There were organizations and programs that would become some of the premiere Chicano cultural arts organizations in the nation and serve as models, such as Centro Cultural De la Raza in San Diego, Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio, and the Mexic-Arte Museum and Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin.” Find the complete article by Juan Tejeda at the link.

Thank you, Juan Tejeda and all the artists, for your contributions. We thank the collectors who have loaned works to the exhibition and who have assisted in preserving history. We thank our generous sponsors — Dr. Maggie Rivas, the Center for Mexican American Studies, Latino Studies at UT Austin, City of Austin Economic Development: Cultural Arts Division, Ford Foundation, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Gente Chicana/SOYmos Chicanos Fund of the Greater Milwakee Foundation.

Major funding for this project was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities area of interest, A More Perfect Union: Exploring America’s Story and Commemorating its 250th Anniversary.  This Initiative, “encourages projects that explore, reflect on, and tell the stories of our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society throughout our history.” This exhibition gives people a chance to not only reflect on the actions of previous generations and recognize their hard work and sacrifice, but to also be inspired to recognize that the struggle continues; that the problems that this and future generations face are not so dissimilar from those of the past.

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco


Introducing Mexic-Arte’s New Exhibition – ELA 26: Histories of Transformation

Angel Lartigue, Museum of Resurrection (transferencia de la vida y de la muerte) 2020. Transfer of memories through microorganisms by touch from the surfaces of kitsch, colonial, and pre-hispanic stone figurines into cultivating Petri dish.
Part of home art residency Casa Lucas Alamán, Mexico City.

In September, Mexic-Arte Museum looks forward to the upcoming exhibition ELA 26: Histories of Transformation / Historias de Transformación. The ELA (Emerging Latinx Artists) exhibition is in its 26th iteration. ELA highlights emerging Latinx artists based in Texas, while also giving emerging curators the chance to curate an original concept and design. This year’s curatorial team consists of Luisa Perez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Education Associate and Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs.

This year’s exhibition ELA explores the broad concept of transformation. The artists in this exhibition have created artwork representing the life they have been born into or chosen. Some present the changes they have made in their lives, while others present the changes that they have witnessed around them. These artists have transformed themselves to best fit into a world where they can thrive as both artists and individuals.

This is a collection of artists that have not attempted to assimilate within the dominant culture of the United States but have adapted to survive and thrive within it. These artists have adapted to present the mix of their cultural backgrounds and that of the United States, often representing a mix of two or several cultural influences. With each artist, their choices have shown a unique voice commenting on the ever-shifting landscape of the world around them or the world in themselves.

Mexic-Arte is proud to present a multidisciplinary exhibition featuring emerging Latinx artists across Texas. Please enjoy the exhibition, and like many of the artists in this exhibition, take time to consider the change around you and in yourself as you experience the exhibition.

The artists included in this exhibition include Sarah Ayala, Daniel Calderon, Isabel Ann Castro, Christian Cruz, Kat Cadena, Marcelina Gonzales, Galileo Gonzalez, Fabian Guerrero, Natasha Hernandez, Angel Lartigue, Chantal Lesley, Gabi Magaly, Abinadi Meza, Angeles Salinas, Marco Sanchez, Saúl Hernandez Vargas, and Beatriz Guzman Velasquez. Artists included in the exhibition are based across Texas from the cities Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, Edinburg, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.

An original mural commissioned to accompany the exhibition is being painted by muralist Kat Cadena.

The opening reception is set to take place at 6:00pm CST on Friday, September 16, 2022. Performing during the opening reception will be the poet Ariana Brown and the musical group Eterno Scroll.

Rafael Navarro Barajas Murals Donated to Mexic-Arte Museum

Rafael Navarro Barajas, The Origins of Medicine, (detail), 1967, oil on canvas, 9’ x 29’
Photo by Sylvia Orozco

Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to announce the recent donation of the major artwork, The Origins of Medicine,” composed of two 9’x 29’ oil on canvas murals by Mexican artist, Rafael Navarro Barajas. M.K. Hage, an Austin community leader, and philanthropist commissioned the murals for the Medical Park Tower on W. 38th street in 1967 where they remained until 2021. The Nettie and M.K. Hage Family generously donated the murals to Mexic-Arte Museum this summer. Mexic-Arte Museum will hold a public reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the murals back to Austin on September 16, 2022.

Rafael Navarro Barajas was born in Tonala, Jalisco in 1921. He began his art studies at the Academy of San Carlos and later at La Esmeralda 1944 – 1949. In addition to art, Navarro studied philosophy and religion in Mexico and at the Mexican National Seminary in Montezuma, New Mexico. This education guided him, both as a scholar and an artist. In 1950, he received a scholarship awarded by the French Institute. Navarro Barajas exhibited in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.

Rafael Navarro was introduced to M.K. Hage by Thomas Mabry Cranfill (1913–1995), Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin. Cranfill was the editor of the Texas Quarterly and an avid collector of art. He also organized the Mexican modern graphics collection for General Motors of Mexico and a Latin American art collection for Braniff Airlines. Cranfill had a home in Mexico City at 303 Puebla, Colonia Roma were friends, artists and patrons gathered. M.K. Hage was a graduate of The University of Texas with graduate degrees in education and business administration. As a real estate investor, Hage became a pioneer in the field of medical property development. The friendship between these individuals led to M.K. Hage commissioning Rafael Navarro to paint the two murals for the new Medical Park Tower.

In an explanatory document, “Rafael Navarro: Murals for Medical Park Tower,” written in 1967 by Thomas M. Cranfill, states, “On the afternoon and evening of Aug. 25, 1967, a brilliant company gathered in the ancient Teatro Arbeu in Mexico City to see for the first and last time in Mexico the two murals Rafael Navarro has executed for Medical Park Tower in Austin,” Cranfill writes. “The murals, oil on canvas, each 9 feet tall and 29 feet long, are soon to be divested of their stretcher sticks, rolled up, and sent to Austin.”

The murals remained at the Medical Park Tower from 1967 to 2021 greeting visitors that entered the building. In the fall of 2000, Mexic-Arte Museum presented the exhibition, Mexico in Austin Collections. In organizing the exhibition, Mexic-Arte Museum worked with M.K. Hage who generously lent the original sketches for the mural for the exhibit.

The building was later sold and in 2020, there were new plans for the building and the murals. Originally, the building’s renovation plan had called for the murals to be forever hidden behind the new walls in the new design of the lobby. In August 2020, Sara Hickman, Austin’s well-known musician visiting the building noticed in the plans posted that the murals were not included in the new design. She alerted the community that the murals were in danger. Hickman led an effort to save them by contacting community members and creating “Save the Rafael Navarro B Murals!” More than 2375 people signed the petition on social media led by Ms. Hickman. Mexic-Arte Museum was also contacted and joined the effort to save the mural.

The social-media movement caught the attention of city officials, art and community members, the media, and M.K. and Nettie Hage’s daughters. Through the insistence and perseverance of the Hage daughters, Lillibridge was convinced to change their direction and had the murals removed from building. Next, the Hage family acquired the murals and made a significant contribution to repair and restore them. This summer, the Nettie and M.K. Hage daughters, Jennifer, Patti, Charlotte, and Robin, proudly donated the murals to Mexic-Arte Museum.

We wholeheartedly thank the Nettie and M.K. Hage Family, Consulate General of Mexico, Sara Hickman, and all the community who rallied to save the Navarro-Barrajas murals

Mexic-Arte Museum is honored to receive these important artworks. The preservation of the Rafael Navarro Barajas murals is of great importance for the Mexican and Mexican Americans as well as the general community in Austin. In addition to their cultural significance, the murals are also part of Austin’s history and the collective memories of local community members who have visited the Medical Park Tower for years. We invited the public to visit Mexic-Arte Museum starting September 16 to view The Origin of Medicine Murals by Rafael Navarro Barajas.

More about The Origins of Medicine

These of murals combine Greek mythology, symbolism of medicine and healthcare, and Mexican figurative and portrait painting.

Mural 1 depicts the Greek myth of Menelaus putting battle aside to tend to a wounded Patroclaus. The motivation shown by Menelaus to care for Patroclaus symbolizes the vocation of doctors choosing to heal others. 

Mural 2 symbolizes the balance of the universe. In it, four titans, the four original elements fire, earth, air, and water, are locked in a creative and endless struggle. In the center of the mural, an image of two men is presented. An image of a young man shows the restlessness and illusions about the future that young people carry. The old man with more distinguished and weary features symbolizes the calmness, composition, and serenity that comes with maturity, wisdom, and experience.

Mexic-Arte’s Humanities Scholars Lectures Continue

In August, Mexic-Arte Museum continued the Humanities Scholars Lecture Series in conjunction with the exhibition, Chicano/a Art Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas, 1960s to 1980s. This series of lectures with ten humanities scholars focuses on a myriad of topics and themes related to the exhibition. This month’s Art Talks included:

Art Talk #4: Exploring the Influence and Significance of Latin American Visual Culture in Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s. Lecture led by Lucía Abramovich Sánchez.

Art Talk #5: Managing Migration: Criminalization vs Legalization. Lecture led by Gilberto Cárdenas.

Art Talk #6: A love affair of a fronteriza with Chicano Art. Una memoria. Lecture led by Dr. Amelia Malagamba Ansótegui.

Art Talk #7: The Chicana Movement in Austin: A Legacy of Activism, Feminism, and Intergenerational Encuentros. Lecture led by Dr. Brenda Sendejo.

If you were not able to watch these presentations live, you can find each of the presentations on our Facebook and Vimeo page.

August’s Changarrito Artist, Brandy González

Brandy González in front of the Changarrito cart at Mexic-Arte. Photo by Sylvia Orozco

On Thursday August 18, 2022 Isabel Servantez, Mexic-Arte Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs interviewed August’s Changarrito residency artist Brandy González on Instagram Live. If you were not able to watch the interview live, you can see the entire interview on Mexic-Arte Museum’s Instagram page.

About The Artist

Brandy González was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in drawing and a minor in sculpture from Southern Methodist University where she received the “Zelle Award” for outstanding artistic merit. After her undergrad studies, González taught art for eight years in the Texas public school system during which she completed her Master of Art Education from Texas Tech University graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2013.

In 2016, she completed her Master of Fine Art also from Texas Tech University majoring in printmaking with a secondary in painting. While attending TTU she received the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” award and the “Horn Professors Graduate Achievement” award for her work in social activism through the arts. González was also selected for the inaugural print fellowship in Lubbock at the Charles Adams Studio Project, a local printshop in the arts district. There she taught printmaking classes to the community and was the print shop technician.

González has been in an extensive amount of competitive national and international exhibitions. Her most recent competitive exhibition is Art in the Time of Corona Vol 1 & 2. A global art project showcasing artwork made during the pandemic organized by Dab Art Co. in Los Angeles, California. She is also currently showing at the Centro de Artes in San Antonio, Texas as part of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Mentoring Program Exhibition – Round 2. You can also see her work online at humanrightsartexhibit.com as part of the exhibition, Examining the Intersection of Art, Human Rights, Social Justice and Environmental Issues. González is also in museum and university collections, national and international. One of the most notable being the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois. She has also been the recipient of many awards and achievements.

González was the art professor at Lassen College located in the beautiful rural town of Susanville in Northern California. She and her husband have moved back home to San Antonio, Texas to be closer to family as their first child was born in October of 2020. Currently, she is the advanced art teacher at Clark High School and an Adjunct Professor at Northwest Vista College for Painting 1 & 2.

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 dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art. Artists have the opportunity to sell their art on the Changarrito cart in front of the Museum (or an offsite location, as representative for the Museum during various Austin festivals). It expands the reach of the artist by presenting their gallery online, while allowing the option to sell merch over Instagram and receive 100% of the sale. For each Changarrito artist, the Museum acquires a work of art for its permanent collection.


Marta Sanchez in The Permanent Collection

Marta Sanchez posing in front of her artwork. Image from artedemarta.com

Printmaker and painter Marta Sanchez was born in San Antonio, TX. She earned a BFA from The University of Texas, Austin in 1982, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia.

Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Her works on paper, consisting of linocuts and monotypes, follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a art. Sanchez’s paintings, which are mainly on tin or industrial corrugated metal, have led her to create sculptures and receive public art commissions.

About Sanchez developing her practice and herself as a Chicana artist she has said, “My work slowly turned from being purely artistic to becoming art that served a purpose as I evolved from being a student, to an artist, to a Chicana artist.”Sanchez’s paintings portray the daily lives of the people within the Chicano community. In their homes or in neighborhood restaurants Sanchez captured the ordinary and important routines of people. These paintings, done with expressive brushstrokes painted in muted tones capture people at rest or in moments of peace. The daily life of Chicanos and Chicanas at this time in history are not usually what is associated with Chicano art of the 1960s to 1980s, but this perspective, creates a more whole understanding of life lived in the Chicano movement.

Chicana artists like Sanchez and Carmen Lomas Garza, also featured in Chicano/a Art Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960 to 1980s, put forward the important and creative perspective of the Chicano and Chicana home life. Sanchez’s depiction of Chicano daily life can be specifically seen in Cisco’s Bakery, a painting she generously gifted to the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection. Cisco’s Bakery is a staple institution in the Austin community. When describing the painting, she explains, “I worked at Cisco’s Bakery in my senior year at UT. Working with his family and friends was an interesting experience. They treated me well…”

Marta Sanchez
Cisco’s Bakery, 1982
Oil on canvas board, 6″ x 9″
Gift of Marta Sanchez

Also, Sachez graciously donated her portfolio of her Transcendental Train Yard print series to the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection. This is a collaborative suite of poetry and prints with Dr. Norma E. Cantu.  Artist’s Statement from Transcendental Train Yard:

“Together we began to work on a series of prints and poems. In addition to our frequent conversations about the topic of the train yard, our collaboration included correspondence in which Dr. Cantu would offer poems responding to my prints, and I would then respond to her poems with new prints. Our goal has always been to widely distribute the set by placing editions in university libraries, art departments, and Latin American studies programs throughout the United States. We sought to prompt dialogue about the train yard that could, in turn, create a historically significant narrative of the Mexican American experience.”

Marta Sanchez
Prelude, 2003
Serigraph on paper, 14” x 20”
Gift of Marta Sanchez


amArte #7: Ruben Esquivel Teaches Community Muralism for Akins High School

Ruben Esquivel spray painting a indoor mural video still by Naedaze

Ruben Esquivel is a 5th generation Austinite who is reclaiming Chicanx and Mexican native spaces through muralism. Esquivel helps communities illustrate their stories with their own narratives and histories. As a prolific emerging artist, Ruben will host a mural workshop for the advanced art students at Akins High School. Students will have the special opportunity to learn step by step how Esquivel researches, processes, prepares, organizes, ideates, calculates supplies, and executes a mural that gives its community a sense of shared ownership.

Nuestra Lucha/Our Struggle Social Justice Art Camp Exhibition at the Central Library

Youth artists creating posters for Nuestra Lucha/Our Struggle Social Justice Art Camp.
Photo by José Martinez, Education Associate

Mexic-Arte Museum’s education outreach program Screen It! hosted the third annual summer camp “Nuestra Lucha/Our Struggle Social Justice Art Camp” at Akins High School. Youth learned about the intrinsic ties between printmaking and historical political movements from all over the world as well as current applications dealing with contemporary issues. Each youth reflected on what social challenges were of main concern to them. With the guidance and mentorship of the Museum education staff, the students designed the most impactful ways to clearly communicate their personal statement. Each poster was printed multiple times and the best print of each youth will be exhibited at the Austin Central Library downtown. There will be an opening reception on Austin Museum Day on September 18th in the Teen Section at the Central Library from 1-3pm. The artists will be present and music, refreshments, and snacks will be provided thanks to the Austin Public Library. The works will be on display for an entire year alongside curated reproductions from the Mexic-Arte Museum’s permanent collection.

Austin Museum Partnership Proudly Presents the 25th Annual Austin Museum Day!

The Mexic-Arte Museum invites you to participate in the Annual Austin Museum Day, where visitors will get to create paper marigolds for the community Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead altar. This workshop is led by artist and Mexic-Arte Museum educator, Jasmine Chock.

Join us on September 18th from 1-4pm to participate and learn more about the Día de los Muertos tradition!

Austin Museum Day is a free, city-wide rediscovery of Austin museums. The event allows families a unique opportunity to visit and explore the dynamic museum community, including local exhibits and activities at over forty-four participating institutions for free.

Special Events

Viva la Vida Festival and Parade Returns for Its 39th Year!

Mexic-Arte is excited to announce the return of our annual Viva la Vida Festival and Parade in Downtown Austin. The city’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 12-6 p.m. We invite the community to join us as we celebrate the holiday, traditions, and culture. Viva la Vida is co-sponsored by the City of Austin and presented by Austin Convention Center.

The parade will take place from 12-1 p.m. and will gather on Sixth Street, between I-35 Southbound Frontage Road and Red River St. The grand procession, including a mix of costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats, marches down Sixth Street towards Fourth Street and Congress Ave. The festival will feature a grand procession, art activities at the Mariposa Plaza, food vendors with traditional foods, artists and artisans at the Muertos Mercado, an Austin Lowriding exhibition, and live music and performances. Additional art activities will be located next to Frost Bank Tower Plaza for children and families to enjoy.

About Día de los Muertos

Celebrated by Mexicans and Mexican Americans alike, as well as others in Latin America, Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead is an important religious and cultural event that synthesizes pre-Columbian traditions and Catholic Church practices. Originating in ancient Mexico, the annual celebration is increasingly observed in the United States as part of contemporary Latinx popular culture. Day of the Dead blends indigenous religious and cultural rituals with customs surrounding the Catholic holy days:

  • November 1: All Saints’ Day (prayers said to saints and martyrs)
  • November 1: Día de los Angelitos (Day of the Little Angels, dedicated to souls of deceased children)
  • November 2: All Souls’ Day (prayers and offerings made to deceased relatives and friends, especially for souls in Purgatory)

During this yearly event, cemeteries are cleaned. Home and public altars or ofrendas (offerings) are built to honor the dead, who they attract with food, drink, candles, incense, marigold flowers, and objects once favored in their lives.

Volunteer in Viva la Vida Fest & Parade, and Get a T-Shirt!

Mexic-Arte Museum is thrilled to invite parade volunteers to take part in the annual Vida la Vida parade and festival on Saturday, October 29th. Community members can volunteer in the following categories:

EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS will help teach both children and adults an array of art activities during the festival; these activities will run from 12pm-6pm.

PARADE PROCESSION VOLUNTEERS will help with setting up and carrying forth the parade. The procession will march down historic 6th Street and end at 4th Street and Congress Avenue, marking the transition from the afternoon to the exciting evening portion of the street festival. The set-up time for the parade will be from 9am-12pm, with the parade running from 12pm-1pm.

INFORMATION VOLUNTEERS will help with the information booth during the festival hours from 12pm-6pm.

GENERAL FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS will help with the general festival duties including setting up and loading down equipment and props, hanging up decorations, and any other help needed throughout the day. Volunteers will be needed all throughout the day, from 6am-12am midnight.

If you would like to participate in the parade, please fill out the volunteer form. For more information on volunteering, visit the Viva la Vida page on our website.

Participate in the Parade

The Grand Procession brings together a vibrant and varied mix of traditional, ancient, contemporary, and Austin “Weird”. The Procession – including costumes, props, live music, dancers, and floats – marches down historic 6th Street and culminates at E. 4th Street and Congress Avenue. The categories for this years event includes the Intro – Special Section – The Monarch Butterfly, Pre-Columbian, Mexico Lindo y Las Americas, Chicanx – Sí Se Puede!, and Austin Weird.

This year the special section of the parade will be the Monarch Butterfly. The monarch butterfly represents strength, endurance, spirituality, trust, transformation, and evolution.  It is said –that the sight of the butterfly can serve as inspiration to be strong and to guide us through life’s challenges.

If you would like to participate in the parade, please fill out the participant form. For more information on the parade, visit the Viva la Vida page on our website.

Be A Vendor in the Muertos Mercado

Muertos Merchants

Viva la Vida features various Dia de los Muertos inspired artists, artisans, vendors, and makers! People at the event can visit the Muertos Mercado for additions to their Dia de Los Muertos altar or the perfect gift for a friend. For more information, visit the Viva la Vida page on our website.

If you’d like to be included in the Muertos Mercado, please contact

Nuestra Comunidad/Our Community – Memory and Remembrance Ofrenda

Participate in Nuestra Comunidad/Our Community – Memory and Remembrance Ofrenda!

The Mexic-Arte Museum invites the public to participate in the upcoming Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos ofrenda. By contributing a photo of a loved one or someone you admire who has passed away, you will help transform our gallery into a communal space where we can commemorate the lives of our family and friends.

Each participant will be allotted a 12” x 12” space on our gallery wall. This space will include your framed photo as well as a small plaque (provided by the Museum) where you will include your loved ones name and a personal message. We encourage participants to decorate or personalize their frames but frames should be no larger than 10” x 10” to ensure room for a plaque.

The exhibition will be open from October 1, 2022 to November 20, 2022. We will accept framed photos until September 23, 2022 at 5:00pm. Visit the exhibition page to sign up and learn more!


In the Mexic-Arte Museum Store: Chicano/a Art Movimiento y Mas en Austen, Tejas!

You can still purchase items from the Chicano/a Art Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas, 1960s to 1980s exhibit and enjoy 10% off! Discount available online and in-store. 

Thank you to Our Sponsors

The Gente Chicana/SOYmos Chicanos Fund

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