Mexic-Arte Museum

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The Mexic-Arte Museum was founded in 1984 by a group of Austin artists to promote Mexican and Latino art in Texas. Located at 419 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701. In fact, it is the official Mexican American fine art museum in Texas. The museum began with a Day of the Dead festival and has since grown into a varied series of programs that feature emerging artists from Mexico and around the world. Its mission is to preserve and promote Mexican and Latino culture through the arts while educating and enriching the community through art. Congress Avenue a walkable district in the downtown core, is surrounded by bustling nightlife, restaurants, and offices in high rise buildings.

The Mexic-Arte Museum’s current exhibition, Diego y Frida: A Smile in the Middle of the Way, is an essential and moving look at the lives of these two great Mexican artists. The exhibition includes photographs from artists such as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Peter Jules, and Guilermo Kahlo. A tour of the museum is included in admission to the exhibition.  Other nearby museum can found here.

There are many other ways to get involved with the museum’s educational programs. Its Education Department offers workshops, professional development training, and curriculum resources for educators. These programs increase students’ cultural awareness and strengthen creative problem-solving skills. You can even learn how to incorporate artists into your classroom with the help of the museum’s education staff. It is worth noting that the museum is a TEA-approved provider of CPE hours.

Guests of all ages can enjoy free guided tours of the museum. For children and adults alike, the tours will engage them in learning about traditional and contemporary Mexican art and Latinx and Chicanx art. You can opt for an educational tour focused on children or pick one of the special collections. These guided tours are available in English and Spanish. All visitors are welcome to attend a free Family Day Workshop.

The Mexic-Arte Museum’s Screen It program connects students to the art community in Austin. Students can develop their creative skills and make meaningful artwork with guided art classes and exhibitions. Screen printing has historically been associated with the Civil Rights movements and has been a powerful tool for self-expression. Students can take pride in their cultural identity and heritage through screen-printed pieces of art. These creations can serve as a bridge to self-respect and cultural pride.

During the annual Viva la Vida Festival, the Mexic-Arte Museum of Austin celebrates Latino culture with a parade and music. The event includes a grand procession, a street festival from the Brazos to Colorado, and live music and food trucks. The festival also features community altars and art activities in Frost Bank Tower Plaza. Participants can also take pictures with the parade props.

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