Friday, March 24, 2023

La Mujer: A Celebration of Women at Various Locations This Spring

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB MACC) presents La Mujer: A Celebration of Women beginning March 26 and ending on April 29. In its 12th year, the ESB MACC's annual La Mujer festival was originally inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, who is considered the first feminist of the Americas.

The MACC building (at 600 River St.) is currently closed for its Phase 2 expansion and renovation; for this reason, this year’s La Mujer event will be a series of activities in locations that span various parts of Austin, including partner organizations like the Carver Museum and Austin Public Library. 

    The La Mujer activities, events or "activations" bring awareness to the accomplishments of women, engage the MACC community in wellness and art-making activities, and create conscious spaces where women can be seen, heard, and empowered. Film screenings, pop-up activity tables, workshops, and youth-focused art activities are all examples of this year's art activations.

    The series of activations will culminate in the virtual presentation of the La Mujer mosaic mural that has been recently installed as a permanent public art piece outside the MACC that pays homage to powerful Latinx women.

    La Mujer Activations

    La Mujer Pop-Up Guide

    La Mujer Graphic of WomanA printed La Mujer Pop-Up Guide (small booklet) will be offered for free at all of these events, where event attendees can mark off which La Mujer events they attend. At any of the events below, request a printed guide and get a stamp to record your attendance. Attendees can even get a special prize at the end of April for attending three or more of the La Mujer events. Free La Mujer Pop-Up guides are also available at the Carver Museum or the Dougherty Arts Center.

    Mujeres Poderosas

    We want to hear from YOU! Who inspires you? Is it your mom, sister, daughter, colleague, or friend? Is there a powerful (poderosa) Latinx role model for you and/or the community? At any of these La Mujer activations, fill out a nomination to be featured on the MACC's Facebook or Instagram. See a video of past nominations!

      La Mujer Mosaic Mural

      La Mujer Mosaic Mural Permanent Art Installation

      The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is proud to announce the official unveiling of our La Mujer mosaic mural. This mural was created by participants in the Caminos teen leadership program under the guidance of local muralist Jay Muzacz and Caminos Coordinator Frederico Geib. The artists are Abraham Hernandez, Ana Chavez, Anna Martinez, Bianca Olivares Reyes, Brandon Muniz, Elvis Muniz, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Gabby Gonzales, Natalia Dominguez, Natalie Hernandez, and Samantha Seamon.

      This beautiful mosaic mural is truly representative of our MACC community. It has been installed as a permanent outdoor artwork at the Southeast corner of the MACC, right by the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike trail. The mural was designed and created tile by tile to depict strong Latina leaders, mujeres that have inspired our teens to reach their greatest potential. Some of the iconic role models featured in the mural include Selena Quintanilla, Dolores Huerta, and Emma Barrientos. The mural celebrates their courage and success as trailblazers in art, music, and dance as well as their dual roles of activists, mothers, and community leaders.