Mexic-Arte Museum

Organizational Overview

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave
Austin , Texas 78701

Mission Statement

Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the collection, preservation and presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture to promote dialogue and develop understanding for visitors of all ages.

Mexic-Arte Museum is gearing up for its 34th annual Dia de los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") festival and parade, Viva la Vida, with an exciting new roster of Artists-In-Residence. Viva la Vida Fest is Austin's largest and longest-running Day of the Dead festival and one of the few in the U.S. with a procession. Each year, the Viva la Vida Artists-In-Residence program host one or more artists to create sculptural and kinetic works for the grand procession and orchestrate free community workshops that educate the public on the importance of art-making traditions and customs surrounding Dia de los Muertos.

Impact Statement

Since 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum has presented the best in Latina/o arts and culture in the Austin area through dynamic public programming. Viva la Vida Festival and Parade incorporates exciting traditions from a signature Latin American celebration and helps make Austin a unique place to live and visit.

The 2017 Viva la Vida Artists-In-Residence will: 1) Construct a grand float for a one-mile procession featuring costumes and props, 2) Host a workshop series that provides free, hands-on opportunities for the general public to create props that can be used in the Viva la Vida procession.

Past artists have included:
• Patricia Greene. Greene created a mojiganga for the Viva la Vida parade. A mojigana is a large-scale puppet and a popular component of Dia de los Muertos parades.
• Sergio and Monica Lejarazu. Using papier-mâché, Monica and Sergio led workshops to create sugar skull piñatas, inspired by the tradition of Calaveras ("skulls") in Dia de los Muertos, and built a grand sugar skull float that was featured in the Viva la Vida parade.
• Dennis McNett. McNett hosted mask-making workshops informed by his unique styling method of relief printing and papier-mâché, and built a large bat float paying tribute to the Latin American and Mexican myth of the camazotz.

Needs Statement

Mexic-Arte Museum's vision is to educate the people of central Texas about the importance of Latina/o arts and culture and to enhance the collective pride of the greater community. Through the community workshops at the Museum, a large and diverse population will have access to cultural knowledge about Mexican and Latin American art-making relevant to Dia de los Muertos. The community will also have the opportunity to recreate processes, styles, and design used by contemporary artists. The Viva la Vida parade reaches a large portion of the community (6,000 participants) who have the opportunity to interact with the float and learn about the art traditions that inspired its creation.

Help us celebrate life by promoting art and culture! Show your support with a donation today.

$50 Provides materials for interactive community workshops.

$100 Supports admission to sustain free entry for all Artist-In-Residency workshops.

$250 Funds the creation of the grand float.

$500 Grants tuition for artists to participate in the program.

"Mexic-Arte has found a way to invite you, regardless of your background, race or ethnicity, to join them in their celebration of talent and passion."
-- Yadria Izquierdo (Austin Post)

"Mexic-Arte's curators comfortably straddle a commitment to old and new, with an annual exhibition devoted to emerging talent and an all-inclusive back gallery space devoted to community projects."
-- Kimberely Jones (The Guardian; "10 best museums and galleries in Austin")