Miembros Newsletter: May 2024

A Message from the Director

The 2nd Cinco de Mayo Luncheon –
A Success in Many Ways

The Downtown Austin Alliance at the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo
Limon/Zamarripa Legacy Families at the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, Photo Credit: Paul Saldaña

The Cinco de Mayo Luncheon on April 25th at the beautiful Thompson Hotel gathered 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. Mexic-Arte Museum and stakeholders, including the City of Austin and the Downtown Austin Alliance, are working to earn a Cultural Heritage District designation for the Corridor.

This year, Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck was the Guest Speaker for the Luncheon. His talk, titled The Legacy of the Illustrious General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), a Native of Goliad, Texas gave great insight into the life of Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo battle hero as well as contemporary memorials and commemorations in the town of Goliad.

This event also celebrates the history of the Mexicans and Mexican Americans in downtown Austin and inspires all of us to continue to study and learn more about Austin’s history. Austin’s first Cinco de Mayo celebration took place downtown at Republic Square in the 1880s. President of the Board Paul Saldana welcomed six Mexican American legacy family members whose roots in Austin date back decades. These include the Gonzales Arriaga Family, the Limon Family, the Quintanilla Family, the Pacheco Family, the Saldana Family and the Zamarripa Family. Paul noted, “They say that a people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Equally important is to initiate opportunities for ‘place keeping’ and engaging residents who already live in space and allowing them to preserve the stories and culture of where they live.” Saldaña also recognized the Luncheon sponsors, noted below.

Paul Saldaña, Sylvia Orozco and Mayor Kirk Watson after the Proclamation of the 5th Street Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District at the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon
Dr. Thomas Kreneck presents his lecture at the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo

Next, Mayor Kirk Watson congratulated Mexic-Arte Museum and presented the 5th St. Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District Day Proclamation that stated, “Whereas, the Cultural District status will preserve, develop and highlight all the cultural assets and businesses along and around 5th Street, transforming this downtown area into a beautiful and educational destination for tourists and the Austin community. This recognition will assist in obtaining the State of Texas Cultural Heritage District Designation.”

Guests were invited to play a custom 5th Street loteria game. The 2024 edition of the 5th Street Mexican and Mexican American Heritage loteria was conceptualized and developed by the Museum and illustrated by UT intern Joey Holbert. This year’s loteria was inspired by the Texas rivers that lend their name to streets which cross 5th St. in downtown Austin. Again, the game fascinated the public with its inventiveness and educational quality. 

Music by Mariachi Chavez filled the room as the guests feasted on ensalada de nopal, pollo pibil, and a delicious Abuelita chocolate tart. We all learned something through the lecture, the game, and the fun. Art, culture, and tradition brought us together. Best of all, we enjoyed the company of our generous sponsors, legacy guests, and friends. We look forward to next year’s event.

Special thanks to our Committee Chair Mark Zuniga and Committee Members – Paul Saldana,
Martha Cotera, Adrienne Brown, and Kaitlyn Zaldana.

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support: Thompson Hotels, JP Peace Love & Happiness Foundation, Siller Services, Downtown Austin Alliance, City of Austin, Mark Zuniga, Graves Dougherty Hearon Moody, Linbeck, H-E-B, IBC Bank, and the Housing Authority of the CIty of Austin. We would also like to recognize the downtown arts organizations, Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association, and the Austin History Center Association for their participation. Finally, Mexic-Arte Museum extends heartfelt appreciation to the legacy families who joined us for this Luncheon. Events like these support thought provoking exhibits and exciting education programs. Visit the Mexic-Arte website to see all of the great upcoming programs.

Thank you, everyone!

Executive Director

Sylvia Orozco


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

View the exhibition here!

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 a locally run shop. Changarritos, enticing with the smell of antojitos and the persistent beckoning of vendors, 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). Changarritos offer 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 profoundly personal and collective moment of connection between the artists and the public.

Since 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-19, 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!

The opening for the exhibition took place on April 12th with performances by Uluvii and Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi. Guests enjoyed refreshments from Dulce Vida Tequila and snacks from Licha’s Grill and Ross Cake’s Bakes and Sweets.

Mexic-Arte Museum Staff at the Opening Reception of Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, Photo Credit: James San Miguel
Uluvii performing at the opening reception, Photo Credit: James San Miguel
Photo Credit: James San Miguel

YA MERO by Gilberto Rocha

YA MERO by Gilberto Rocha

Mexic-Arte Museum commissioned YA MERO from Gilberto Rocha as part of the exhibition, Creating Encuentros: Changarrito: 2012-2024. Gilberto Rocha described the artwork saying, “The artwork is based on an imaginary “Changarrito” (store) hidden somewhere along the Mexican side of the US/Mexico border. This “Changarrito” is the last opportunity for immigrants to purchase anything they need before embarking on their journey into the US. In the “Changarrito”, customers may find products like food, hydrating drinks, baby formula, emergency kits, clothing to blend with nature, “blessed” prayers and other essential items. The recordings (made through a posted QR code) will become an item viewers can take with them in a tiny plastic bag as a printed QR code gives viewers the opportunity to become part of this work.

The work is meant for viewers to become self-aware and think of the choices they would make if they were to find themselves in a similar situation. It brings to question the things we carry mentally, emotionally, and physically. It brings awareness to the hardship human beings have endured and the choices they have made to find a better life.”

May 2024 Changarrito Artist Pico del Hierro-Villa!

Las virgencitas enamoradas, Pico del Hierro-Villa, 2022

About the Artist

Pico del Hierro-Villa is a Queer Fronterizx who received their master’s at the University of New Mexico in Chican@/x Studies. Being raised in El Paso, later moving to Albuquerque, NM, they found the beauty of storytelling among Queer elders and those who never had the opportunity to publicly present their stories. The mode of their art and research is based on gathering testimonios and photographing Queer and Trans Latinx folks which captures a multitude of LGBTQ+ experiences, a method they call fotografímonios. The purpose of their work is to not only honor the Q/T Latinx identity but to uplift Queer and Trans political struggles and provide post narratives that counter act against negative perceptions of Queer and Trans communities.

Come see Pico del Hierro-Villa and support them when they are at the museum May 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th. They will be interviewed by Isabel Servantez, the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs on Instagram Live on Thursday, May 30th at 5:00pm.

You can see Pico’s artwork here.

April 2024 Changarrito Artist Celeste De Luna!

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

The Changarrito artist for April 2024, Celeste De Luna, presented her work on the Changarrito cart at Mexic-Arte Museum on April 20th, 21st, and 27th. You can see her conversation with Mexic-Arte Curator Isabel Servantez on Instagram here.

Celeste De Luna at the Changarrito Cart, Photo Credit: Sylvia Orozco

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.

You can see Celeste’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 and Changarreando are dedicated to the presentation and promotion of contemporary Latinx and Latin American art.

Latest El Mero Muro: The Sisterhood of Two Hearts

Julio Ávalos, also known as Chous, and Ana Flores Lavin with their mural The Sisterhood of Two Hearts – La Hermanedad de Dos Corazones

About the Project

This mural is part of the Annual Saltillo Day in Austin celebration May 3-5, 2024.   In 1968 the Mayors from Saltillo and Austin formalized the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities relationship focusing on citizen diplomacy, friendship, education, and culture.  This year’s activities includes Saltillo-based artists, Chous and Ann Sofia Flores creating murals at Mexic-Arte Museum and Plaza Saltillo with the assistance of Austin Independent School District’s International High School students supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  These two murals are the first public art installations on the 5th St. Mexican American Heritage Corridor & District connecting downtown to the eastside of Austin along 5th Street.

About The Sisterhood of Two Hearts – La Hermanedad de Dos Corazones

This piece is titled “The Sisterhood of Two Hearts,” and it portrays the scenic beauty of Austin and Saltillo as sister cities. It incorporates graphic elements such as cacti, flowers, and a woman with a traditional Saltillo Sarape to symbolize the reforestation of life and fraternity. Each part of this artwork contains elements that showcase the culture and history that binds these two cities together.

 This mural project was organized by Lori Renteria and sponsored in part by Friends of the MACC, Amigos de Austin y Saltillo, City of Austin Economic Development Department, and Capital Metro. The murals are gifts to recognize the Austin Sister Cities Association on their 55th Anniversary.

Artists Chous and Ana Sofia Flores Lavin painting the mural, Photo Credit: Isabel Servantez

About the Artists Chous and Ana Sofia Flores Lavin

Julio Ávalos, also known as Chous, and Ana Sofia Flores Lavin are graphic artists and designers who specialize in large-scale murals and public art, as well as traditional and digital illustration. Based in Saltillo, Coahuila, they have worked on major projects and explored their passion for the arts in Mexico and around the world. A main focus of their work is to engage in the recovery of public spaces and crime prevention through art and cultural management. In addition to their urban art projects, they have worked on branding for companies and produced creative output for various cultural festivals.


Changarrito Artist Features: Alejandra Almuelle and José Villalobos

As the current exhibition Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024 is on display, Mexic-Arte Museum highlights a few of the featured artists. These artists were part of the Changarrito Project, in which Mexic-Arte picks an artist each 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.

Alejandra Almulle, Aya, 2015, Ceramic and paper assemblage, 10.75” x 5.5” x 5.5”, Mexic-Arte Museum Collection 2016

A great example of Almuelle’s artistic practice can be seen in her piece on display in our current exhibition. Aya is a multi-media sculpture of a ceramic bunny-like figure on a folded paper base. You are able to see the silk-screen transfer of the sheet music on the torso of the ceramic figure. This adds an elevated element to an already fantastic piece.

Alejandra Almuelle was the Changarrito artist for January 2016. She was born in Arequipa, Peru and is a self-taught ceramic artist. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Addressing the functionality of the medium, as well as its sculptural expression, has been equally important for her. She has recently completed several series in which the common thread is the human shape. Speaking about her work, she states that “as a base medium, I feel clay is so appropriate for expressing the human journey because it is the stuff we are made of.” She also silk-screens imagery directly onto her clay forms. 

José Villalobos, Y En Dios Tengo Fe, 2017, Ink and text transfer on handkerchief, 12″ x 12″, Mexic-Arte Museum Collection 2017

Y En Dios Tengo Fe is a great example of Villalobos’ intention to play with the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine in traditional Mexican culture. This is one of many of a series of ink transferred floral handkerchiefs, emitting a soft feminine energy, with the image of a strong stoic man with the phrase “Y En Dios Tengo Fe”, meaning “and I have faith in God.”

José Villalobos was the Changarrito artist for August 2017. Villalobos (b. 1988 in El Paso, TX) grew up on the US/Mexico border and was raised in a traditional conservative family. His oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught in between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that contrast with being gay. Villalobos received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2016. He has exhibited and performed at Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX; El Paso Museum of Art, TX; El Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; and Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio, TX. Villalobos states, “I protest the toxicity of machismo through the use of objects that carry a history, specifically within the Norteño culture, by deconstructing and altering them. Although new forms are created, I demonstrate the battle between the acceptance of being maricón and assimilating to cultural expectations.” Jose Villalobos juxtaposes distress with a feeling of comfort deriving from patriarchal and religious social structures which marginalize gay identity. Using found objects, he manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture. He demonstrates that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity centers an interstitial space where materiality softens the virility. 

Come see Almuelle’s and Villalobos’s work, along with over a hundred other artists, in our current exhibition, Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024, from now to August 25, 2024!


Spring Intern Highlight!

Special Events & Marketing Intern – Renata Salazar

Special Events & Marketing Intern – Renata Salazar

My name is Renata Salazar! I attend UT Austin, am majoring in Advertising, and have a minor in Business Administration. I enjoyed the energy of the office and everyone’s friendly and welcoming attitude. I always felt welcome to ask any questions within any department as well as give my opinion. I also loved to see my relationship with my coordinator grow as time passed and learning more about the bigger picture of her own role.

I’ve definitely gotten a better idea of the actual process that goes behind marketing regarding the build-up to certain events and essential elements to this – like press releases, evites etc. My management classes have actually been surprisingly useful here as I’ve connected different methods of management, specifically working with a smaller team that is very connected. I’ve found growth in tasks that I had not been used to, such as graphics, and I found it very helpful to witness department interaction within such close quarters and conversations.

My goals and aspirations have switched up on me a lot throughout this experience, mainly because, of course, I’m a senior, and my goals are ever-changing and being influenced. But I will say that working at Mexic-Arte gave me a sense of working towards a greater purpose – that being spreading Mexican culture and heritage. Specifically, being part of the initial understanding of the 5th Street Corridor made me feel like I was a part of something bigger that was connected to my groups and experiences.

Graphic Design Intern – Joey Holbert

Design Intern Joey Holbert

My name is Joey Holbert. I am a student at UT Austin, and I am majoring in Design. I enjoyed being able to learn about the Museum and its very important place in the community. The most beneficial aspect of being at Mexic-Arte Museum is working around other people all geared towards the same goal. It is great to be in a creative work environment, and I feel it is greatly preparing me for my future endeavors.

Spring Internship Closing Reception

Monica Olivo, Zorayda Sanchez, Luisa Perez and Aoife Hopkins and Joey Holbert at the internship closing reception, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo
Spring Interns and Mexic-Arte Staff, Photo Credit: Andrea Gandaria

On April 19, 2024 the first cohort of interns from the Latino Museum Internship Expansion Project concluded their time at Mexic-Arte Museum. During the Spring semester, eight interns worked with the Mexic-Arte Museum staff to support and learned from each department (Curatorial, Development, Marketing, Education, Collections, Digital Media, Graphic Design, and Preparator). This cohort assisted with the creation and installation of exhibitions such as Totally Cool Totally Art, Mix ‘N’ Mash, and, most recently, Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024. In addition, our interns were an integral part of the development of special events such as the Cinco de Mayo Luncheon and Taste of Mexico. 

During the closing reception, interns gave a presentation about their experience at the Mexic-Arte Museum. Interns highlighted the projects that they were involved with, their mentoring staff, and the impact this internship has had on them. After presentations, all staff members and interns gathered to share lunch and stories about their internship experience. 

Intern, Joey Colbert, giving his presentation, Photo Credit: Richard Greene

Mexic-Arte Museum thanks all of the wonderful interns, Zorayda, Aoife, Sebastian, Renata, Joel, Joey, Monica, and Julio for their dedication and enthusiasm. Mexic-Arte Museum will miss you! 

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

Applications for the Fall internship program will open in August. Interested applicants can find more information here.

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

Kealing Mural Progress and Austin & Saltillo Collaborative Mural

Kealing Middle School art students draw outlines for their collaborative mural. Photo Credit: Richard Greene

Mexic-Arte Museum is excited to share the progress of El Mero Muro: Murals in School program! Over at Kealing Middle School, the students assembled their designs with the assistance of teaching artist Cecilia Yakin and began drawing and linework. She has been teaching them the basics of muralism and its purpose. Everyone is excited to start painting these next few weeks!

Ana Flores Lavin and Chous introduce the shared history of Austin & Saltillo to students at International High School. Photo Credit: Richard Greene

Mexic-Arte Museum had the pleasure of working with the Austin Saltillo Sister Cities Association, alongside muralists Ana Flores Lavin and Chous, to introduce muralism in the classrooms of International High School. Lori Renteria, Ana Flores Lavin, and Chous taught the students about the relationship between Austin and Saltillo alongside color theory, sketching techniques, and perspective. These topics came to life through a collaborative mural completed with the students for Plaza Saltillo, the east end of the 5th St. Mexican American Heritage Corridor and District, to be unveiled on Sunday, May 5th. Be sure to check out the work created by these students and their artistic mentors!

Sign Up for the 2024 Summer Camps! Free to Participate!

Nuestro Estilo 2023, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo
Nuestro Estilo 2023, Photo Credit: Maia Castillo

Nuestro Estilo Summer Camp: Coming June 10-15, 2024 – Free to Participate!

Mexic-Arte Museum is partnering with Austin Central Library and Andrea Calderon of Collectivo In Situ to present the Nuestro Estilo (Our Style) indigenous textile camp again! Participants will get to learn about garment and textile-making traditions from Mexico. They will learn techniques of embroidery, natural dyes, sewing, printmaking and more, and the camp will conclude with a fashion showcase. 

Thank you to Austin Public Health Office of Violence Prevention for funding this camp.

Sign up here for the Nuestro Estilo Summer Camp!

Who: Ages 10+
Where: Austin Central Library 6th floor, 710 W Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78701

When: Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th 10am – 2pm daily + Saturday, June 15th at 3pm for the fashion show

About Andrea Calderon + Collectivo In Situ

Andrea Calderon is an independent musician and cultural organizer with a background in anthropology + border studies, born in Mexico City with firm roots in Oaxaca and Chihuahua. Andrea runs a reciprocity-based collective of indigenous artisans and uses the same platform to organize independent local cultural events, workshops, and encuentros at various venues and community spaces. Colectivo IN SITU functions to bridge communities and educate the public through sharing the diverse work of BIPOC creatives and activists fighting for visibility and justice. In Mexico, they work to highlight artisans working with ancestral mediums including wool + native cotton textiles, silk, and more, with a focus on bringing attention to their stories, lives, and histories. Through IN SITU, Andrea hopes to continue creating and fostering safe, inclusive, and accessible spaces for everyone. TODO PARA TODXS.

See last year’s Nuestro Estilo Camp and Fashion Show

Nuestro Mundo: coming August 5-9, 2024 – Free to Participate!

Join us for a week of learning about printmaking, activism and community building! In Nuestro Mundo (Our World) camp, youth will learn about screen printing and relief printing and their roles in voicing the needs of the community. Youth will make a personal statement poster about a change they wish to see in the world, and these posters will be exhibited in the Austin Central Library Teen Section. 

Thank you to Community Youth Development for funding this camp.

Sign up here for the Nuestro Mundo Summer Camp!

Who: Ages 9-17
Where: Austin Public Library Southeast (5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd Austin, TX 78744)

When: Monday August 5th – Friday, August 9th from 10am-2pm daily

See Nuestro Mundo from previous years

Screen It! at Manor High School

Students at Manor New Tech High School participating in t-shirt screen printing, Photo Credit: Alé Moreno and Carolyn Porter

Students at Manor New Tech High School creatively expressed themselves through the T-shirt screen printing project last month. Teaching artists Alé Moreno, Carolyn Porter, and Kaelyn Huang worked with all of Mr. Barbosa’s High School Art students and guided them to create original screen print designs for T-shirts. Students printed multi-layer designs, used coloring techniques like split fountain ink, and some students even brought their own clothes to print on. Mexic-Arte Education Associates went to judge the Manor Independent School District-wide K-12 art show and were proud to see that some of the students’ shirt designs were chosen for the juried show. Thank you to Mr. Barbosa for hosting the screen printing program, and thank you to teaching artists for helping the students reach their creative potential in this project. Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division for funding our outreach programs for Manor schools this year. 

Austin Art League Visits Mexic-Arte

Austin Art League members touring the Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-204 Exhibition with Education Curator Luisa F. Perez and Curator Isabel Servantez

The members of the Austin Art League visited Mexic-Arte Museum on April 10th for an exclusive, early tour of the Creating Encuentros: Changarrito 2012-2024 exhibition. During the tour, curators Isabel Servantez and Luisa Fernanda Perez guided the Art League members and discussed important pieces, such as Gil Rocha’s Ya Mero, TexMex by Stephen Longoria, Changarrito illustrations by Maximo Gonzalez, and many more. In addition, Perez and Servantez talked about the inception of the Changarrito residency program and the importance of creating moments of connection between the Museum, the artists, and the diverse communities of Austin. 

Executive Director Sylvia Orozco provided important information about the two impressive murals located in the Museum’s main gallery, Rafael Navarro’s The Origins of Medicine. Thanks to the efforts and generosity of the Hage family and the Art League, The Origins of Medicine murals have become part of the permanent collection of the Mexic-Arte Museum. These murals highlight the important legacy of Mexican muralism, a well-known Mexican art movement in the 1920s that included David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera. After the tour, members of the Art League and Mexic-Arte staff shared delicious appetizers provided by Curras Grill. 

We thank the Austin Art League for their dedication and support.

Special Events

Due to inclement weather, Taste of Mexico 2024 was rescheduled to Wednesday, May 22nd. This event invites guests to generously sample drinks, bites, and creative cuisines from dozens of Austin’s most eclectic and exciting restaurants, food trucks, and beverage purveyors. This year’s Taste of Mexico will follow the theme Antojitos. Guests will also get to enjoy educational activities, music, and more!

Get a sneak peek of Taste of Mexico here!

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!

Para beber: Dulce Vida Tequila, 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, ATX Tequila, and more!

Para comer: Maudie’s Tex Mex, Chef Poc Saenz, Que Monita Ice Cream, Licha’s Cantina, Chapulin Cantina, Churros la Catrina, Curra’s Grill, Suculenta Cocina Mexicana, La Cantina Truck, Simar Seafood & Steak, Eldorado Cafe, Chulas , H-E-B, Arriba Abajo, Comedor, SRSLY Chocolate and more!

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 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: Purchase tickets now through May 22nd!
$65 Museum Members, $70 General Admission, $85 VIP


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Check out the merch from our current exhibition, Creating Encuentors: Changarrito 2012-2024

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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