Miembros Newsletter: March 2024

A Message from the Director

Spring Brings New Exhibit & Exciting Programs! You’re Invited!

Artwork by Fidencio Duran

Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024 is 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. Conceptualized in Mexico City by Maximo Gonzales, and brought to Austin by Leslie Moody Castro, the Changarrito cart has been a platform for dozens of artists to show their work and interact with the public on 5th St and Congress Ave. When Leslie decided to move from Austin, she and Maximo agreed that Mexic-Arte would be the optimal home for the Changarrito cart. Over the years, the cart has proudly displayed paintings, buttons, sculptures, prints, zines, and everything in between. Mexic-Arte has photographed each artist with the cart, as well as purchased artwork for the permanent collection, every month for 12 years. Now, the collection serves as a record of the many emerging Latinx artists of Central Texas and their unique methods of interpretation and creative expression. Come by between April 12 and August 25 to see this eclectic collection on exhibit!

To amplify the individual artists, and in the Changarrito spirit of interpersonal connection, Mexic-Arte is hosting a series of ‘encuentros,’ or ‘get togethers.’ These encuentros will provide additional opportunities for the public to interact with artists and learn more about their work, process, and artistic journey. Encuentros will include Family Days, Media Mixers, pop up art sales in the Mexic-Arte store, and the Forever Tejas mural by Stephen Longoria.

When the new Museum building is complete, it will feature public artwork on the exterior wall of 5th and Congress. Artists Fidencio Duran and Angel Quesada were selected to create this mural, sponsored by the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places program. There will be two public engagement events to gather input from the community. The first, Exploring the Cultural Tapestry of the Mexican American Community in Downtown Austin: A Celebration of History, Art, and Community, will be held March 24th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. These events are open to all, free of charge, and aim to capture the essence of local history and community values. As the artists gather design mural concepts, everyone is welcome and encouraged to contribute, learn, and be inspired.

The artists write, “This event aims to delve into the history of the Mexican American community in Downtown Austin while shedding light on the mission of the Mexic-Arte Museum and contemporary Latino/Mexican art. Through captivating stories, we will explore the community’s struggles and successes and their contributions to the city’s development. This event beautifully celebrates the Mexican American community’s rich cultural tapestry in Downtown Austin.” Featured Speakers are 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.

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 almost here – plan to come out and enjoy these exciting and educational events!

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco


El Mero Muro Reveal: Forever Tejas by
Stephen Longoria

Muralist Stephen Longoria poses in front of his completed Mural, Forever Tejas, Photo Credit: Isabel Servantez

About the Latest El Mero Muro

The mural Forever Tejas depicts symbols of Austin and Texas in black and white. Each iconic element is crafted to showcase the significance and history it has brought to this city and state. The muralist, Stephen Longoria, wanted to emphasize what it means to be a part of Texas culture. The ‘512’ references the area code and mimics how the windows of the skyscrapers look lit at night. The radio tower is a nod to Radio Coffee & Beer, a local staple in Austin. All of the elements Longoria includes in this mural are an integral part of the joy and uniqueness that make Austin weird and a place to be proud of and will be a part of the next exhibit, Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024.

This mural coincides with the current exhibition “Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin” Austin is the political and historical center of Texas. It is the home to people the world over, coming to participate in its politics, enjoy the beauty of its surrounding hill country, feast on the cuisine that abounds from it, and revel in the live music for which it is famous, among other things. 

The mural highlights the parts of Austin and Texas that make it so inspiring to people who visit here and live here.

About the Muralist

Stephen Longoria is originally from the Rio Grande Valley and has relocated to California. Longoria resides in The Bay area where he collaborates with artists from all over the world out of his studio. His style centers around his unique perspective of lines within graphic design. Stephen is dedicated to Keeping Austin Weird, and aims to bring that element to all of his work.

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

April 12, 2024 – August 25, 2024

Changarrito carts are mobile bases for informal commerce found throughout Mexico. From these carts, vendors sell an array of different foods and products. These carts exist freely, usually outside of the controls, supervision, or instruction of formal institutions.

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 an array of artists and those interested in collecting art. 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, the Changarrito has made appearances in 22 cities, becoming active in Austin at the Mexic-Arte Museum in 2012. Since the program’s implementation, artists have used it almost every month to display their works of art. In 2020, with the rise of Covid, the Changarrito residency introduced a digital component, 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.

This year, Mexic-Arte celebrates Changarrito’s history and legacy through the review of over one hundred participants of the Changarrito residency at the Mexic-Arte Museum from 2012 to 2024. Accompanying the display of artworks, Mexic-Arte will host a variety of encuentros taking place during the span of the exhibition, including panel discussions, art activities for the community, interactive newly-commissioned Changarrito carts and performances by Changarrito artists.

For more than 12 years 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, engage with artists, staff, and the larger community to create your own encuentros.

Laura Clay at the Changarrito Cart in 2023
Josue Ram at the Changarrito Cart in 2016, Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

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.)

Music: DJ

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

Refreshments & Snacks will be provided!

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

Become a Member!

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin Closes
March 17, 2024

Thank you to all of the artists who participated in Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin! We celebrated the opening of this group exhibition with music, refreshments, and laughter. You can view more photos from the opening reception here.

About Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin

Mix ‘n’ Mash is an annual group exhibition displaying artworks by more than 200 artists, created on high quality Gessobord panels generously donated by Ampersand Art Supply. Each limited-edition Mix ‘n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for this exhibition, with all proceeds from board sales supporting the Museum’s programming.

This group exhibition explores and celebrates Austin, the political and historical center of Texas. People come from all over to settle down, participate in politics, relax in the hill country, dine on world-class cuisine, enjoy the live music, and much more.

This year, Mexic-Arte celebrates the large and small of what makes Austin weird, interesting, and timeless. Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrate Austin will be on display February 2 –March 17, 2024.

March 2024 Changarrito Artist
Richard Alexander Greene!

Photo Credit: Richard Alexander Greene

Artist Statement

“My artmaking practice uses my personal history as a jumping-off point to explore themes of young adulthood and economic relationships. The fraught and uncertain nature of exiting adolescence mirrors the experimentation with modular materials and domesticity in my work. These often go hand-in-hand with my research and material reuse methods, as I take an installation through various iterations during its lifespan in terms of exhibition, message, and arrangement.

My material usage of glazed tiles and screenprint serves to connect my work within this larger thematic constellation of printmaking and installation sculpture. My primary focus remakes the surfaces of furniture and domestic fixtures, promoting discourse and contention within the piece and its existence. I find the rich history of queer and installation artists that came before me to be a well of inspiration for nuance and communication, grounding my arrangements in the coming of age and all its forms.”

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.

Come see Richard and support him when he is at the museum March 9th, 10th, 23rd, and 24th. He will be interviewed by Isabel Servantez, the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs on Instagram Live on Thursday, March 28th at 5:00pm.

You can see Richards’s artwork here.

February Changarrito Artist, Hailey Marmolejo

Abierta (Fine art Giclee print 10×13 of Corazon de Nopal)
Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

The Changarrito artist for February 2024, Hailey Marmolejo, presented her work on the Changarrito cart at Mexic-Arte Museum on February 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th. You can see her conversation with Mexic-Arte Curator Isabel Servantez on Instagram here.

About the Artist

Hailey Marmolejo was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where her passion for art began to flourish from an early age. Pursuing her creative ambitions, she decided to major in Fine Arts and minor in Spanish at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and worked as an intern at Mexic-Arte Museum and La Peña Gallery. Seeking new artistic perspectives, Hailey made a journey to study painting at the Universidad de Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid for one semester. Armed with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Hailey made her way to New York City, where she continued to paint and engage in street art. Meanwhile, she also worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, immersing herself further in the art world. In 2020 Hailey moved back to San Antonio and hasn’t put her brush down since. Through her dedication to the craft, Hailey has produced murals all over the city of San Antonio, and her artworks have been exhibited at various galleries, museums and businesses in NYC, Texas, and New Mexico.

You can see more of Hailey’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


Mix ’n’ Mash in the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection

Claudia Zapata Doodle Art Series, 2017, Decocolor paint marker on Ampersand Gessobord, 12” x 12” Mexic-Arte Museum Collection 2017.65.1,
Photo Credit: Amy Anderson

In conjunction of our current exhibition, 2024 Mix’n’Mash: Celebrating Austin, the Mexic-Arte Museum highlights some Mix ’n’ Mash boards that have been added to our permanent collection over the years.

Mix ’n’ Mash derived from the terms “mix-and-match” (to combine elements in a harmonious and interesting way) and “mash-up” (a work that blends two or more songs or pieces of art from different genres). Mix ’n’ Mash is an original concept by Mexic-Arte Museum, which refers not only to the mashing of genres into one work of art, but also to the mixing of work by various artists to create a unique collector’s set. A group exhibition displaying artworks by 200+ local and regional artists created on quality Gessobord panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply. Each limited-edition Mix ‘n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for the exhibition with all proceeds supporting Mexic-Arte’s programming for children and adults.

For 2017 Mix’n’Mash: XOXO, Claudia E. Zapata submitted Doodle Art Series. In 2023, the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, selected Zapata as their inaugural Associate Curator of Latino Art. They co-founded the Latinx art project Puro Chingón Collective in 2012. This experimental art group develops zines, prints, apparel, designs, and art toys. The collective’s zines are part of the collections at the Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Library and Archives, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Mexic-Arte Museum, and London College of Communication Library, among many others. Zapata’s artwork has been featured at the Hawn Gallery in Dallas, the Blanton Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, and the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin; the Carver Community Cultural Center and Lady Base Gallery in San Antonio; and the Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa. Their designs have been part of Austin’s Fusebox Festival, Pachanga Music Festival, and the International Women’s Day March in San Antonio. 

Federico Archulata, La Diablita Maldita aka Silvia Pinal, 2021, acrylic on Ampersand Gessobord, 12” x 12”, Mexic-Arte Museum Collection 2021.28.1,
Photo Credit: Amy Anderson

In 2021, Fedrico Archuleta submitted La Diablita Maldita aka Silvia Pinal as a part of the Mix’n’Mash: Las Flores-La Vida.  Federico Archuleta has been part of Austin’s landscape as a graffiti artist for almost two decades. More than likely you’ve interacted with his art while dining, shopping, walking, and enjoying the city of Austin. His continued presence in the East Austin Studio Tour, community events, and the walls of local businesses has infused his art and musical influences throughout the city. Archuleta’s poignant analyses of our times are clear, colorful, and often filled with humor. Two of his permanent murals can be seen in the back of the Mexic-Arte Museum along 5th Street.

Come visit the Mexic-Arte Museum’s current exhibition, Mix ’n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin now until March 17th, 2024 to view pieces from a variety of amazing artists, and get a chance to own a piece yourself! All proceeds from Mix ‘n’ Mash support the museum’s programming for children and adults.

Mexic-Arte Museum Partnership with The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

Mexic-Arte Museum staff and interns with the completed 50 archive boxes for the Benson Collection, Photo Credit: Ryan Lynch
Ryan Lynch and Maribel Falcón, UT Staff, bagging and sealing an archive box, Photo Credit: Amy Anderson

The Mexic-Arte Museum is pleased to announce a new step in the partnership with the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. In the next several months, Mexic-Arte will be transferring 40 years of archives to the Benson Collection. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is part of The University of Texas Libraries system and is one of the premier libraries in the world for Latin American culture. Mexic-Arte first began working with The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection in 2008, and we are thrilled to continue this collaboration and preserve decades of history.

Maribel Falcón, US Latinx Studies Librarian, Carla Alvarez, Archivist, and Ryan Lynch, Head of Collections, came to Mexic-Arte to prepare the 50 archive boxes to be the Benson. They made sure the boxes were prepared correctly and bagged each one, for conservation purposes, before the boxes were taken to the Benson storage. These archive boxes are the first group or many more to be inventoried, labeled, and organized by the Mexic-Arte Staff to be taken by the Benson to add to their collection. We would like to extend our gratitude to Maribel Falcón, Carla Alvarez, Ryan Lynch, and The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. We are excited to share and further preserve Mexic-Arte Museum’s history with such a prominent archive collection. You can check out The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection to see existing Mexic-Arte archives, as well as other incredible pieces that are part of the collection.


Another Successful Year of the Totally Cool Totally Art Teen Exhibition

Totally Cool, Totally Art participants and teaching artists at the award ceremony at Mexic-Arte Museum, Photo Credit: Luisa Fernandez, Jasmine Chock, and Richard Greene

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, selected Teen Artists from Austin Parks and Recreation Totally Cool Totally Art gathered at the Mexic-Arte Museum to celebrate their artwork and artistic accomplishments.

Every winter the program selects teen artwork from Totally Cool Totally Art to display in a show here at the Museum. This year Teen Artists created soft sculptures, textile art, fashion clothing, paintings, digital art, short films, musical compositions, and a collaborative sculptural city named, “Ohio.” 

Totally Cool Totally Art coordinators Clint Hofmeister, Kelly Hasandras and Rachell Ditzig presented awards to the teen artists selected for this exhibition and recognized their hard work this school year. They also recognized the teaching artists who generously share their practices with the teens of Austin, and also led a Family Day activity at the Mexic-Arte this past Sunday where visitors got to make sculptural paper puppets.

Thank you to all Totally Cool Totally Art Teen Artists, Teaching Artists and Coordinators for sharing your totally cool artwork with us for this special exhibition! 

“Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA) has been cultivating creative teens since 1996. TCTA is unique in that the classes are completely free to Austin’s youth teen community. Teens learn various techniques by working directly alongside professional artists. The program reinforces positive choices by offering art appreciation in a mentoring environment. TCTA is built to help give teens new experiences, build respect and trust, keep them out of trouble during high-risk after school hours and improve their skills in creative expression, communication, teamwork and arts appreciation.” Learn more about Totally Cool Totally Art and their free teen art programs at several City of Austin Rec Centers here: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/totally-cool-totally-art

Artwork from Totally Cool, Totally Art 2024 Participants, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo

El Mero Muro: Murals in School begins at Kealing Middle School

Kealing Middle School prepares for the installation of mural, Photo Credit: Jasmine Chock
Students at Kealing Middle School working on art projects led by teaching artists, Photo Credit: Richard Greene

We are excited to present our new community outreach program within the Education Department, El Mero Muro: Murals in School. This program is an extension of our Mural program here at the Museum and connects students with a talented muralist teaching artist who will serve as a creative mentor. This initial project is a collaboration between artist Cecilia Yakin and Kealing Middle School, with students learning about the history of murals and illustrating what Kealing and their community mean to them. Many thanks to art teachers Itai Almor and Melanie Hyche for their dedication and support and to Kealing Administration for their coordination during this project. Special thanks to our supporting sponsor, City of Austin Office of Violence Prevention, whose continued support and contributions make this program possible.

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 open early March. 

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

Development Coordinator Adrienne Brown and Development Intern Aoife Hopkins at the Mix ‘n’ Mash Opening Reception, Photo Credit: Luisa Fernandez
Aoife Hopkins – Development Intern 

My name is Aoife Hopkins, and I attend The University of Texas at Austin. I am a Public Relations major and a Communicating Social Change minor! I applied to the Mexic-Arte Museum Latino Museum Internship Expansion Project because ultimately, I am studying public relations and brand communications for nonprofit organizations and social justice causes, and the Mexic-Arte Museum has been one of the most impactful and important cultural institutions promoting values I believe in, so it was a no-brainer for me to apply. My favorite project so far is creating collateral and networking on behalf of our major spring events, The Cinco De Mayo Luncheon and Taste of Mexico. While I naturally lean towards the creative, media-planning side of operations, I’m learning a lot about the business aspects of nonprofit funding in this role, and just how analytical you have to be to be successful. I’m really looking forward to seeing the events I’m working hard to organize come into fruition. One of the best parts of learning to build a brand is watching the public interact with your brand and build a relationship with your organization! 

Curatorial Intern Sebastian Barajas installing artwork for the Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin exhibition, Photo Credit: Isabel Servantez
Sebastian Barajas – Curatorial Intern 

My name is Sebastian Barajas, and I attend the University of Texas at Austin. I am an Art History major with a concentration in Contemporary Latin American Art. I applied to the Mexic-Arte Museum Latino Museum Internship Expansion Project because I am passionate about working with and studying Latino art, especially in a museum setting, so when I learned about the Curatorial Intern position it felt like a match made in heaven. It makes me happy and hopeful that there are growing spaces for Latino art and artists, spaces like the Mexic-Arte museum are so important for this growing community. I have done so much in the short time I’ve been here, but my favorite project was helping organize and choose pieces for the Mix ‘n’ Mash show; I had never worked hands-on with art, or done anything curation related, so assisting Isabel, the curator, with that was so exciting to me. I am looking forward to what else is in store for me here at Mexic-Arte, especially with the upcoming Changarrito exhibition!

Zorayda Sanchez at Totally Cool, Totally Art Family Day, Photo Credit: Luisa Perez
Zorayda Sanchez – Education Intern 

My name is Zorayda Sanchez, I attend UT Austin, and my major is Youth & Community Studies Minor: Art History. I applied to be an education intern because of my passion for art, recognizing its significance as a means of expression, activism, and healing. I also love educational programs and believe they play a big role in student success and personal growth. Because of this, I thought it would be a good opportunity to merge my major and minor. I really enjoyed Family Day. It was nice to see everyone interact with the Mix and Mash and TCTA exhibits, as well as get to participate in our activity. I look forward to engaging more with the community, going to the schools/classes, and seeing the programs in action. I am also excited to see how the students depict their community identity and the overall progression of the Mero Muro art program.

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: Mariachis

Silent Action: Artwork and more!

Click here for the Sponsorship Packet!

We are thrilled to once again partner with the Thompson Hotel to bring downtown Austin the second iteration of the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon!

Join us for educational activation, delicious courses, and fascinating history as we celebrate the past, present, and future of the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District. 

Along with bringing world-class programming to Central Texas for forty years, Mexic-Arte Museum has partnered with the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance to have the 5th Street Corridor designated as a Cultural District by the state of Texas. This would be transformative for the area economically, culturally, and educationally.

Keep an eye out for our sponsorship packet, and 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!

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.

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
Time: 6–9pm; VIP Access 5:30pm
Where: Republic Square, 422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701
Music & Performance: Mariachis 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


Amplify Austin, Amplify Mexic-Arte Museum

Amplify Austin Day: March 6 – March 7

It is that time of year again, Austin! Amplify Austin has officially kicked off. Over the next several weeks, we ask you to give what you can to support our Changarrito retrospective, Creating Encuentros

The Changarrito program is a month-long residency program that uplifts emerging artists of color, gives them a platform to sell their art, grants them a wide audience, and ensures their work will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection. 

For Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012 – 2024, we are looking to bring in as many past Changarrito artists as possible for murals, commissioned pieces, and additional art sales. Your support goes directly to these artists, helping them in their career and exposure. We appreciate any and all that you can share!

Learn about Mexic-Arte and other Latino Non-Profits in Austin here!

When: Start giving now until March 7th!

How: Click the button below to donate!


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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.