PROGRAMS

Annual Legacy Exhibits

Dia de los Muertos Exhibit and Celebration

Altar by Elizabeth Hernandez, 2015
Altar by Elizabeth Hernandez, 2015

First presented 38 years ago, Centro Cultural Aztlan celebrates the annual Dia de los Muertos with a group exhibition of altares y ofrendas on November 2nd.  This cultural event is one of the oldest cultural celebrations of this ancient Mexican custom presented by the center that engages the participation of local artists, guest lecturers and young people from the community for this popular cultural event.

 

Celebracion a la Virgen de Guadalupe Exhibit

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Juan Diego by Alexa Nelipa, 2014

Another annual event that people have come to expect and participate in is the Celebracion a La Virgen de Guadalupe on December 12th.  In addition to exploring this secular icon and its significance in the Latin American community; visitors can experience this phenomenon through a visual narrative showcasing a myriad of artistic representations by some of San Antonio’s most noted artists.

 

Segundo de Febrero  Exhibit

The Dreamers by Jose Esquivel, 2014
The Dreamers by Jose Esquivel, 2014

El Segundo de Febrero exhibit is a historical and educational exhibit that commemorates the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.  The signing of the Treaty on February 2, 1848, ended the Mexico/U.S. War and began what has now been 168 years of peace between the two countries. The Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty also established the new American southwest and the Mexican American Community.

 

Annual Superhero Exhibit

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SuperHero Artist

Our annual Superhero Exhibition is designed for students from kinder to 12th grade to create artwork that is based on Real-Life Heroes, Comic Book Art, Anime, Mythological Figures, or a positive role model they know and admire.  Student artwork is displayed in the center’s gallery exposing them to their first exhibition space and enabling parents to get involved in their child’s education.

Lowrider Festival

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Lowrider Festival competitor

The first Sunday in May, Centro Cultural Aztlan produces and presents the annual Lowrider Festival.   For over thirty three years, this event draws hundreds of local and regional competitors enter to show off their dream machines: old cars and trucks painstakingly customized into mobile works of public art that hop, glitter, and gleam.   The show is the only event of its kind to be sponsored by a cultural-arts organization.  Centro Cultural Aztlan is dedicated to preserving and promoting this non-traditional form of folk expression.

Other Programs

ZONARTE – El Mercado de Aztlan

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Zonarte – El Mercado de Aztlan

Artists and artisans from San Antonio and across Tejas offer their unique handmade gifts, original prints, paintings, sculptures, furniture jewelry, textiles, and artesania during this annual Holiday Market which takes place the third weekend in November.

 

Deco Mercado

Where art and culture come alive!