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    THE ESB MACC Presents:
    ChingonX Fire: An Intersectional Group Exhibit
    curated by April Garcia

    ChingonX Fire: A creative badass who chooses to harness a fire within to unapologetically live life on their own terms.

    ChingonX Fire is a group exhibit featuring womxn-identifying and non-gender specific fine artists whose artwork is tied to activism, feminism, cultural and gender identity storytelling, environmental protection, and socioeconomic parity.

    Curated by April Garcia, her theme, vision, and direction for the exhibit are inspired by the cultural center's annual event La Mujer. The event is a celebration of womxn and inspired by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. April’s aim is to amplify themes of creativity, culture, and inclusivity by building a creative environment and a safe place that cultivates friendships and meaningful dialogue. This work is to honor and highlight the arts and the unique community that comes together to value it.

    “My goal is to curate an inclusive, diverse exhibit that highlights the elevated talent and artwork by established and emerging, womxn identifying, and nongender specific fine artists of different cultural backgrounds and perspectives,” said April Garcia, Curator of Chingonx Fire. “The residency I participated in at the ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center provided me with the opportunity to find my purpose and passion for community outreach art programming and helped me connect my passion for the arts with the residents of Austin.”

    ChingonX Fire Exhibition Dates: April 10th - June 13th, 2020
    Opening Reception: April 10th, 2020 - from 6 - 9 pm
    Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/196465988209406/
    No entry fee

    Location: Sam Z. Coronado Gallery.
    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC),
    600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701

    Opening Reception Performances by:
    Stacie Shea Williams - Spoken word performance
    Rosemary Meza-DesPlas - Hashtag Me Too, Obsession, These United States
    Katelena Hernandez Cowels - Piropo, Interactive itinerant performance

    Exhibit Talk
    April 11th, 2020 from 12 - 1 pm / No entry fee
    Curator April Garcia and featured artists will speak about ChingonX Fire exhibit. Attendees will gain insights into the exhibition, the inspiration behind the artists’ works, and their artistic processes.

    Artist Talk and Presentation
    Led by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
    Chicks with Guns: The links between violence, sexuality, and femininity in images.
    April 11th, 2020 from 1:15 - 1:45 No entry fee

    Exhibit Tour during La Mujer Event
    April 18th, 2020 • 2-4 pm and 5-7 pm
    Curator April Garcia will be available to talk with visitors during the center’s event.

    Artist-led Workshops
    Featured artists will lead Introductory art workshops that discuss their preferred medium and artistic process. People who attend will learn art techniques and create their own work of art based on the art project presented by the artist. Free of charge to the community.
    Introductory Stencil Workshop. (Niz Graphics)
    Saturday, May 2nd, 2020. 12 pm at ESB-MACC
    Introductory Beading Activity. (Lys Santamaria)
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020. 12 pm at ESB-MACC
    Introductory Soft Sculpture Activity. (April Garcia)
    Saturday, May 16th, 2020. 12 pm at ESB-MACC
    Mestiza Media: Material Exploration in Abstract Relief Painting.
    (Suzy Gonzalez)
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020. 12 pm at ESB-MACC

    About April Garcia
    April Garcia is a Hispanic visual artist living in Austin, Texas. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, she transferred to Austin in 1998 and has since been creating and exhibiting her artwork in Austin for over twenty years as a full-time professional creative. http://www.abrilgarcia.com/

    Olivia Tamzarian, 512-974-3741 (office) Olivia.Tamzarian@austintexas.gov

    April Garcia
    512-799-0252 april@chingonxfire.com
    Website www.chingonxfire.com

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