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Education & Community Engagement

NEA Big Read: Alley Theatre El Zocalo


What's Ahead

El Zòcalo now operates a full season of scalable, replicable programming and established goals. 

UP next:

  • Bless Me, Ultima Community Reading Project will host a wide range of activities such as book clubs, Cuentos y Charlas, a film screening, and a Story Slam featuring stories from members of the Hispanic community highlighting different themes from the novel. Register for FREE events below. 

Coming Soon:

  • El Zócalo Community and Spanish captioned performances for What-A-Christmas and Torera
  • Special workshops and events aligning with What-A-Christmas and Torera

Historias, Memorias y Recuerdos

Story Slam

Friday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
neuhaus Theatre

This event is SOLD OUT! We're very excited you'd like to join us. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Elena Valladolid-Rivera.

Join us on this epic night of community storytelling. Enjoy the personal stories inspired by Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima and presented by Primer Borrador (First Draft) community participants. Community members from 12 Bless Me, Ultima book clubs came together in an intensive 8-hour bilingual storytelling residency learning the structure of storytelling and connecting them with a childhood memory of a personal faith healer. Be a part of their storytelling journey and celebrate with us National Hispanic Heritage Month!
For all ages.

Nuestra Palabra and The El Zócalo Advisory committee

Houstonian's Shaping the nation

Celebrate Community Cultural capital

Monday, October 3, 2022 from 6-8 p.m.
hubbard Theatre

Join us for Houston's release of the new book The Tip of the Pyramid: Cultivating Community Cultural Capital by Tony Diaz, El Librotraficante.

Diaz is a writer and activist originally from Chicago who moved to Houston to become the first Chicano to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. In 1998, he found Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, Houston's first reading series for Latino Writers, which sparked a movement for art, culture, and civil rights. 

Community Cuentos y Charlas Series

The Making of the Feature Film

Past event

Meet some of the actors who brought the characters of Bless Me, Ultima to life in the feature film. Start your evening with a conversation that gives you behind the scenes access to the culture and traditions of el mundo de curanderismo (the world of faith healers). Then, watch the film Bless Me, Ultima and stick around for the celebration.

For ages 13 and up. 

Community Cuentos y Charlas Series

Nuestra Ultima

Past event

This Cuentos y Charlas explores elements of Mexican-American tradition and culture in Bless Me, Ultima and its impact on its impact on the stories of 12 Primer Borrador participants. Join the conversation with community leaders and mental health experts who will guide the discussion about the participant's journey as storytellers and the inspiration from their childhood experiences.

For ages 13 and up. 

Click through the gallery to view members of the El Zócalo Advisory Committee out in the community.