Laredito – The Forgotten Neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek

In conjunction with San Antonio’s Tricentennial Celebrations, Centro Cultural Aztlan will present an original ethnodrama depicting the story of El Laredito, the forgotten neighborhood west of San Pedro Creek located in San Antonio, Texas.

Social anthropologist, Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella, will engage participants through an historical journey featuring El Laredito’s barrio experience covering the lives of three families, whose ancestors were among the original residents of San Antonio’s 300-year history.

On Friday, June 8, 2018, from 6-9 pm, residents as well as interested visitors will be able to enjoy a historical re-enactment of El Laredito written and narrated by Dr. Citlali Maria Zentella. The 300 years of EL Laredito will be recreated covering three periods beginning in 1718 and ending in the 1970’s when urban renewal demolished a once vibrant and thriving barrio.

In addition to the historical ethnodrama directed by Dr. Zentella, music of the period and original songs will be performed by Binisa, of Los Inocentes. Don Nuñez and Diana Rodriguez Gil will reconstruct the settings for El Laredito which includes: Una Noche en el Mercado, La Casa Navarro, and La Botanica.  Last but not least, participants will be able to taste and enjoy culinary creations that represent the traditional foods served at the Cenaduria tables at el Mercado by the famous Chili Queens.

For more information you can contact us M-F, 9am to 5pm. Our center is located in the historic Deco Building, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., 103, San Antonio, TX 78201.

This Tricentennial Celebration is free and open to the public and is brought to you by the generous support of the City of San Antonio/Department of Arts & Culture, Humanities Texas, and the many friends of Centro Cultural Aztlan.

NOSOTRAS: Perceptions of Identity

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Centro Cultural Aztlan is proud to present Nosotras: Perceptions of Identity.  Curated by RitaMaria Contreras, this exhibition presents facets of identity from a diverse group of artists.

In the words of artist Kathy Vargas, these identities are “constructed.”  The term ‘construction’ conjures up images of physical, proactive measures taken to create space for themselves as artists.  By definition, these women are forces to be reckoned with.  The results speak for themselves.

Participating artists include:

Carrie Avery, Bernice Appelin-Williams, Michelle Belto, Giovanna Carrola, Barbara Felix, Joan Frederick, Robin Gara, Deborah Keller-Rihn, Norma Jean Moore, Thelma Muraida, Pájara Nohpalli Napoli, Diana Rodriguez Gil, Anita Valencia, Kathy Vargas, Liliana Wilson, and Terry Ybañez

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is on view throughout the month of March.

Viewing hours are M-F 10AM-5PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40th annual Segundo de Febrero Exhibit

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Centro Cultural Aztlan has produced and presented the annual Segundo de Febrero exhibit since 1978 in an effort to preserve Mexican American history and culture.  This exhibit commemorates the 170th anniversary of the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the ending of the U.S. Mexican war, and the redistribution of a border creating a new bicultural citizenry with a new consciousness of Mexican American dual identity, history, culture and traditions.  The inspiration for our artists comes from past and present events that result in a visual dialog of Chicano identity and a reflection of the sentiment toward border issues and current events.

Participating artists include:

Rudy Almanza, Karen Faye Alvarez, Richard Arredondo, Rosa Fernandez, Laurel Gibson, Noe Gonzalez Garza, Jeff Hull, Paul Karam, Nancy Klapp, Francisco Lopez, Freddy Lopez, Janie McClinchie, Mathew Eric Mendez, JD Morera, Lupe Muñoz, Alexa Nelipa, Ray Price, Monica Ramirez, Israel Rico, Mary Agnes Rodriguez, Gloria Sanchez Hart, Raul Servin, Victor Tello, Jesse Saucedo Torres, Sheri Stewart Bryant, Angela Swensen, Robert Swensen, Chuy Torres Jr., Angela Weedle, and Dolores Zapata Murff.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is on view throughout the month of February and during the scheduled hours of the On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on February 17-18, 2018.

40th Annual Dia de los Muertos

PrintCelebrate one of the most meaningful and recognizable Mexican traditions with Centro Cultural Aztlan!
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has welcomed tourists and residents to take part in the one of the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration in San Antonio paying tribute to this special tradition.

Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates the Annual Dia de los Muertos with a group exhibition of Altares y Ofrendas on November 2nd. Community artists are invited to create altares in our gallery and help facilitate a dialogue examining the history and traditions of this cultural festivity. The event illustrates the artistic, cultural, and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian/Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life. Every aspect of this event and tradition is to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed on. Photographs of loved ones alongside offerings like food and drink grace the alters commemorate their time on earth while offering things for their journey to the next life. Marigolds incense, and candles celebrate life. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation revisiting loved ones and celebrating life.

Altar artists include:, Andy Villarreal, Don Nuñez, Maria Isabel Aguilar, Pat Jimenez, Sylvia Lozano, Sylvia Sanchez, Diana Martinez and S.O.L.O.S., Survivors of a loved One’s Suicide., Minerva Ortiz, JD Morera, Holy Cross Spanish Class Students and students from St. Anthony High School.

A fabulous Catrina runway show by Designer Henry de Leon. Body painting by Oscar Galvan and Beyond the Canvas!

Opening reception Thursday, Nov. 2nd from 6-9pm. Suggested admission: $3. Kids and students are free.

View our exhibit of “Altares y Ofrendas” by community artists and students, enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you visit with friends. Shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s most talented artists and artisans in our “Avenida de los Muertos”.

Be prepared to dance when the drum rhythms of the Carnaval de San Anto dance troupe arrive to lead us in danzas choreographed for the festive occasion! Suggested admission: $3

Exhibit can be viewed Monday-Friday 9am-5pm until Nov. 10th, 2017.

For more information please call Centro Cultural Aztlan M-F, 9am to 5pm at 210-432-1896 or come by Centro Cultural Aztlan’s offices located in the Deco Building at 1800 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 103.
www.centroaztlan.org

A People’s Point of View

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Centro Cultural Aztlan will present A People’s Point of View, a group exhibit, with a reception of the collection on Friday, August 4, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:0 pm. A People’s Point of View is a group exhibition based on different points of view responding to the local, national, and global on goings. But not only are the points of view different but the mediums used as well, from photography to acrylic paint, each artist has chosen their own unique way to capture their feelings about their social climates and causes they feel passionate about.

The exhibit will feature:

  • Antonio Garcia: Attended Texas A&M earning a BFA in 1996 and a M. ED. Ad in 2001. He has been teaching for more than twenty years. His art has been exhibited in various galleries across the country.
  • Noe Garza: Has a BFA in Art from Texas State University. Noe’s art is driven by his love of faith, familia, and culture and the relentless desire to make this world better. “Ultimately, if we love and serve one another unconditionally, peace will prevail.”
  • Albert Garcia: Graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003 and has been in education for the past 8 years. His photography has been showcased in galleries in Bexar and Hays County. His photos have been published in com and with the Hill Country Alliance.
  • Angelica Gomez-Mayorga: Her influence around strong women inspired her work. Her early works using solely Q-tips and toothpicks got her known around the community and later received exposure in Los Angeles and Arizona. Her work has been exhibited in Austin and New York.