Current Events

Opening Reception:

Friday, April 5, 2019, 6-9PM

Join us for light refreshments, music, and egg-cellent artwork!
The exhibit is free and open to the public and will be on view through Thursday, April 25, 2019 Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Participating artists include:
Luciano Arredondo, Luz Ma Brilanti, Hazel Browning, Valerie Chagolla, RitaMaria Contreras, Henry De Leon, Lisa Marie Dominguez, Nina Donley, Rosa Flors Fernandez, Oscar Arispe Galván Jr., Alicia Zavala Galván, Esther Guajardo, Ana Hernandez, Elizabeth Hernandez, Jeff Hull, Angelica Gomez Mayorga, MEG, James Miller, Lenise Perez Miller, Lupe “Spike” Muñoz, Dolores Zapata Murff, Alexandra Nelipa, Gricelda Nill, Paul Niendorff, Denise Perez, Kathleen Baker Pittman, Angelina Pliego, Enriqueta Ramirez, Martin Emmanuel Rangel, Israel Rico, Anthony Saldivar, Jose Segura Raul Servin, Raul Solis, Angela Swensen, Victor Tello, Jesse Sauceda Torres, and Anita Valencia.

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

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Since the beginning of time in many cultures across the world, the egg has been a powerful symbol representing the earth, fertility, and resurrection. Such a simple, benign looking thing.  So unassuming—but the egg is also incredibly symbolic. Consider: All life comes from some kind of egg, whether in the form of seed underground, or a vessel within the womb.

Ancient peoples linked the magic of this parcel of new life to creation itself, believing that the world was formed from a cosmic egg. The Greeks used the eggs as sacrifices to the deities and placed then on the altars of their temples. The Greeks and Romans of the ancient world placed eggs in tombs or left nests of eggs beside them—a sign of life after death—while Maori people buried their dead with an egg of a now-extinct moa in one hand. Still today, Jewish mourners traditionally eat eggs after a funeral to signify loss and the circle of life.

More than 2,500 years ago, eggshells were decorated as part of spring rituals in Africa and elsewhere to symbolize new growth and life. Undoubtedly influenced by such traditions, Christianity adopted the egg to denote the Easter Resurrection of Christ. The decorative painted eggs of Eastern European countries, such as the pysanka of Ukraine, were used in Christian rituals from the 10th century AD. By the late 13th century ostrich eggs, which had first hung in mosques to symbolize light and life, began to appear in churches, too, and featured in Easter ceremonies.

During the month of April, the full moon is called the Egg Moon by many Native American tribes. This full moon prompts us to celebrate the explosion of bright beauty surging forth by the prompting of the Egg Moon. This Native American moon signifies the birth and creation of new life across the land; during this time, indigenous peoples believe this moon actually lures the life out of the ground, encouraging sprouts to spring to life.

Centro Cultural Aztlan invites local emerging and professional artists to submit their work, helping us Cultivate Cultura. Centro Cultural Aztlan(CCA) was founded in 1977 with a vision to build upon the traditions of Chicano/a, Latino/a, and indigenous peoples by creating cultural programs that involve local artists and increase public awareness of their work. We continue to serve this mission today through our commitment to preserving and promoting Chicano/a, Latino/a, and indigenous arts and culture, and through our commitment to diversity, education, and promotion of local artists.

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Upcoming Events

Attention: Principal / Art Teachers / Parents

Centro Cultural Aztlan is looking for young artists in your schools to participate in our 26th Annual SUPERHERO contest and exhibit.  This exhibit is open to any students 5 to 18 years of age, from Pre-kinder to High School.  Teachers and parents are encouraged to submit the names and artwork of students that are creative and talented.   The key word and subject of this contest is “Super Heroes”, who the students consider as positive role models in their school, community, or home. Special attention will be given to creativity and originality. Artwork can be in any media.  Artwork may be matted or anchored on board, ready to be hung. Prizes will be awarded at different categories.

Please notify us by April 5, 2019 if your school or individual student intents to participate.   All artwork must be in our gallery by April 26, 2019.

Entry forms and more information can be emailed to you, by request at centroaztlan@sbcglobal.net or download the entry forms here:

superheroes entry form2019

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