Inspired by the traditional meeting places found all over Latin America, including Mexico City’s central square that dates back to the Aztecs, metaphoric El Zócalos are establishing all over Houston this April. Funded by the Mayor’s office and the National Endowment for the Arts PlaceMaking Grant the Alley Theatre is delighted to be organizing a city-wide endeavor designed to give voice, create space and celebrate Houston’s far-reaching Latinx Community. Community partners, MECA, Talento Bilingue, and Baker Ripley join forces with the Alley Theatre to realize a shared vision to provide a platform for sharing Houston’s rich Latinx heritage.
In this pilot year, The Alley Theatre joins together with well-established cultural and social organizations MECA, BakerRipley and Talento Bilingue to foster community and steward Houston’s presence as a diverse arts center that serves all of its community in every neighborhood. To inaugurate this initiative in 2018, the El Zócalo Partnership will establish: 1) The El Zócalo Latinx Advisory Committee, 2) Personal Narrative Artist Residencies within Houston’s neighborhoods, and 3) sponsor performances of Misa Fronteriza (Border Mass), from Monterey Mexico, in various accessible venues in Houston including the Alley Theatre.
El Zócalo is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
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