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Collection Summary

Administrative History of the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Center

Scope and Content of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Acronyms Used in the Text

Description of Series

Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records



Collection Summary

Creator: Austin History Center
Title: Austin (Tex.) Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records
Inclusive Dates: 1987-1988, 1996-1999, 2000, 2001.
Bulk Dates: 1998, 2000.
Abstract: This collection comprises materials from the Austin, Texas, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project (Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts). They include: business records, agendas and meeting minutes, programs, flyers, newsletters, feasibility studies, architectural plans, and news-clippings gathered from 1987 to 2001.
Call Number: AR.2002.011
Quantity: 2 linear ft. (2 boxes, 382 items)
Collection Unit Archives and Maunscripts Collection.
Language: English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, Austin, Texas, 78701.

Administrative History of the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Center

The Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts (CMACA, Inc.) was founded in April of 1997. The Board of Directors for CMACA evolved from the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) Task Force members appointed by the Austin City Council. This was done on the advice of City staff, in order to create the legal entity that could plan, develop, and manage the future Mexican American Cultural Center to be located at 600 River Street in downtown Austin, Texas. These records, 1997 and 1998, document the development, planning, and management organization of the Mexican American Cultural Center. One fulltime staff person [Thomas Salas] was hired and given an office at 600 River Street on the 6.2 acres of land that the City designated, by ordinance, as the future site for the cultural center. Mr. Salas’s responsibility was to raise funds to cover the costs of operations and maintenance, once the center was built. Construction financing for the facilities was to be provided in large part through the City Bond Election package approved in 1998. The dollar amount approved by the citizens of Austin for the Mexican American cultural Center was 10.9 million dollars.

1981-1985 Efforts by the community garner City of Austin support for a facility.
1986 A task force is appointed by the City Council. A preliminary analysis was created for a Mexican American Cultural Center at Fiesta Gardens which included plans for a theater/auditorium, a museum and community facilities.
1988 A study is commissioned by the City of Austin to address project feasibility and site selection. The report addressed market study and analysis, program operations, financial feasibility funding, and operations strategy. Several potential sites and evaluated them against criteria such as costs, neighborhood setting, proximity to Hispanic community and others. The report concluded with a proposal for a 70,000 square foot facility with a 22, 500 square foot plaza and an estimated construction cost of $9,579,500 located at 600 River Street.
1988 City Council adopted a resolution designating the River Street site for the Mexican American Cultural Center on the August 1992 bond election ballot.
1988 The City of Austin Bond Election ballot included a Mexican American Cultural Center facility for the River Street site, which was narrowly defeated, receiving 47 percent of the vote.
1988 The City Council directed the City Manager to explore the possibility of renovating the existing Public Works facility for use as the Mexican American Cultural Center, which resulted in the recommendation that selected buildings could be re-used.
1995 A consulting architect team developed a Phase I program and the concept of reusing as much of the existing structure as possible and to work with the Mexican American Cultural Center task force to identify a building program, a master facilities plan and a proposed budget. Only two of the six buildings can be adapted for use for proposed theatre, classroom and service building for $4.8 million.
1995 The study contained a proposed budget without sources for funding. The study stated that this phase only began to address the needs of the community. It included additional facility needs that have been identified previously, which included a museum/gallery and support functions, plaza space, and performing and visual art classroom space. The study stated that these needs would be addressed in later phased development.
1996 The project is at a standstill without funding sources. The Consortium intended to use these past studies and development of the Latino Arts Organizations to produce an expanded version of the Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) that will fit the facility needs of the Latino Arts Consortium.
1997 Approximately $200,000 is available for relocation costs for departments currently utilizing the River Street site. Approximately $47,000 remains available from unused funds from the 1995 feasibility study conducted by the consulting architects. The MACC Task Force has successfully secured the necessary Charter from the State of Texas and is awaiting final word regarding the 501 3 status.
1997 December of 1997 the MACC Task Force in conjunction with La Peña and the Latino Arts Consortium of Austin hosted a historical first performance at the MACC site. (La Pastorela: A Shepard’s Story).
1998 February of 1998, the MACC Task Force moved into the former Parks and Recreation Forestry Offices at the River Street Site.
1998 In February of 1998 Parks & Recreation Board, votes to recommend the MACC as part of their Bond Package Proposal.
1998 Mayor Pro Tem, Gus Garcia, and Travis County Commissioner Margaret Gomez forward a memorandum to Mayor and Council and the Citizen’s Bond Committee requesting the MACC be formally included in their Bond Package recommendations.
1998 During the first weekend in April stakeholders at the Waller Creek Charity (?) identify the MACC as an anchor toward the success of the redevelopment of Waller Creek.
1998 In April of 1998 the Planning Commission votes to recommend the MACC as part of their Bond Package Proposal.
1998 On April 8, 1998 the Austin City Council is scheduled to consider adoption of a resolution requesting that the City Manager negotiate a long-term agreement regarding occupancy and use of the MACC site with the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, Inc. (CMACA) and to further negotiate a contract with CMACA to utilize the remaining funds previously appropriated for the development of the MACC.

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Scope and Content of the Records

The inventory revealed: Newspaper clippings, Xerox papers of business records, budgets and financial records one photocopy of a newspaper photo, newspaper articles, assorted brochures, wire bound books containing architectural plans, newsletters, flyers, neighborhood plans, By-laws, correspondence, agendas, business minutes, budget reports, financial statements, bond election material, feasibility studies, lease agreement, status reports, strategic plan, I.R.S. Letter Tax Exemption Determination, and program brochures from various entertainment fundraisers.

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Organization of the Records

The papers were not organized when recieved. They were organized artificially by the Austin History Center staff according to dates, then arranged in alphabetical order according to subject contents and placed in acid free folders and housed in half foot document boxes.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

Persons:
Aguirre, Mateo, Neighborhood Outreach Committee 1998
Aguirre, Martin, Texas Workforce Commission
Alvarez, Raul, City Council Member Place 2
Anderson, Lee, Accountant, CPA
Andrus, Gloria, President of the Board, Frost Bank
Arguelles, Jesus, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Consultant
Arguelles, Rosalee, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Consultant
Barrientos, Emma, Task Force Member.
Batiste, Paul, Executive Director, Texas Commission on the Arts.
Beaman, Jaime, Casa Bella Architect.
Brown, Bela, Neighborhood Outreach Committee, 1998.
Calderon, Raul, Assistant City Attorney 1999.
Camera, Alonso, Insurance.
Canales, Joe, Chief of Staff.
Carreon, Albert.
Carrillo, Pete.
Castaneda, Diana, Vice Chair of the Task Force of the Mexican American Center Project.
Castro, Jimmy, Task Force Member.
Cavazos, Perla, Marketing Committee 1998, Mexican American Cultural Center Bond Campaign Manager.
Cocke, Robinson, Board of Directors, Texas Telecommunications, Principal.
Cotera, Martha, Program Consultant, Activist, Author, Historian, Educator.
Cotera, Juan, Architect.
Cox, Robinson, Board of Directors, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts.
Crocker, Sarah, Development Consultant.
DeHay, Loretta.
Diaz, Eduardo, Actor, Writer, Poet from San Antonio.
Di Giacomo, Malisa, Development Associate for Safe Place, 2001-07-30.
Doyle, John D. (Jay), MBA, CPA.
Dwinell, J.D., Marketing Committee 1998.
Enriquez, Bobby, Executive Assistance to Mayor Gus Garcia.
Fernandez, Tina, Board member 2000-2001, Attorney.
French, Carla, Get Out the Vote Committee 1998.
Galaviz, Dianne M., Director of Business & Community Development at Capitol Metro, President of Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1997.
Garcia, Gus, City of Austin Council Member, First Hispanic Mayor of Austin.
Garza, Dr. Gonzalo, Task Force Member.
Garza, Dr. Mario, Cultural Contracts Manager for City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department.
Garza, Rodney, Actor, Director, Board Member.
Gil, Arturo, Task Force member of the Mexican American Center Project.
Gomez, Jose Angel.
Gonzalez, Ambray, Visual Artist, Austin League of Tejano Artists.
Gonzalez, Cecilia, Get Out the Vote Committee (1998).
Gonzalez, Rene, Owner of CPA firm based in San Antonio.
Gonzalez, Saul, Co-founder of ALLEGO, Applicant for board member 2001.
Goodman, Jackie, City of Austin, Council Member.
Griffith, Beverly, City of Austin, Council Member.
Harris, Jerry L., Advising Attorney.
Heitz, Michael J., AIA Director.
Hernandez, David, Writer, University of Texas, Journalism Department History of Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts.
Lares, Shelly, Tejana Singer/Performer.
Leahy, Blanca, Task Force Member.
Lee, Milton B., Chief Operating Officer of the City of Austin Electric Project.
Leo, Ed, Task Force Member of the Mexican American Center Project.
Lewis, C. Willie, City of Austin, Council Member.
Lopez, Enrique, Task Force Member of the Mexican American Center Project.
Lopez, Trey, Marketing Committee 1998.
Lozano, Roy, Task Force Member of the Mexican American Center Project, Founder of the Roy Lozano Ballet Folklorico Company Director.
Lynne, Marci, Singing Teacher.
Madrigal, Jane, Get Out the Vote Committee.
Martin, Maria, Latino Radio Producer at KUT Austin.
Martinez, Bertha, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Board Member 2001.
Martinez, Francis, Task Force Member of the Mexican American Center Project.
Martinez, Maria Elena, Task Force Member.
Martinez, Johnny, Task Force Member.
Martinez, Valerie, Board Member.
Medrano, Paul, ALA.
Menard, Valerie, Board Member, Author, Reporter.
Mendez, Rodolpho, Founder of East Austin Dance Company.
Mendoza, Rosie, Financial Analyst.
Meyer, Delia Perez, Secretary/Board Member.
Michalak, Theresa, Wife of City Council Member Raul Alvarez.
Mitchell, Eric, City Council Member, Place 6.
Morales, Ponciano, Architect.
Narvaez, Henry, Aids Services of Austin.
Nofziger, Max, City of Austin, Council Member, Place 1.
Olivares, Claudia, Director of Tourism & Convention for HCC.
Olivares, Jesus, Director of City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department.
Orozco, Sylvia, Task Force Member, Director of Mexic-Arte Museum, on Planning Team for Mexican American Cultural Center.
Oyervides, Juan, Interim Executive Director.
Palomares, Hortensia, Journalist, University of Texas Graduate Library student.
Perez, David, Sculptor, Austin League of Tejano Artists (ALTA).
Perez, James, Austin League of Tejano Artists member.
Perez, Veronica, Founder of Lupe Arte [Arts Organization].
Pineda, Carlos, City of Austin's Parks & Recreation Department Liaison for the Mexican American Cultural Center Project.
Renteria, David, Get Out the vote Commission 1998.
Renteria, Sabino, Task Force Member, Chair of the Get Out the Vote 1998.
Revilla, Vasquez-Cathy, Treasurer, Secretary of Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Editor of La Prensa.
Reyes, Rupert, Founder of Teatro Vivo, Actor, Director, Playwright.
Reynolds, Ronney, City of Austin, Council Member, Place 2.
Rodriguez, David, Attorney-at-Law.
Rodriguez, Donato, Chair of the Advisory Committee, May 2004.
Rodriguez, Frank, Task Force Member.
Rodriguez, Juan A.
Rodriguez, Pedro A., NALAC Executive Director.
Rodriguez, Rueben, Owner of Evita's Botannas Restaurant.
Romo, Ricardo Dr., Chair of Task Force
Romo, Zeke, Freelance Editor.
Saavedra (Austin Independent School District Bilingual Federal Program).
Salas, Thomas, Contract Facilities Manager for Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts.
Salas, Vince, AT&T Foundation.
Salazar, Jose, Certified Public Accountant.
Saldana, Paul, Executive Assistant, to Gus Garcia.
Salinas, Roen, Chairman of Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, President, dance founder.
Sanchez, Jorge, Vice Chair, Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Acting Interim Treasurer.
Santos, David, Sculptor.
Shea, Bridget, City of Austin, Council Member, Place 4.
Shorkey, Clay, University of Texas at Austin, Music Professor.
Slusher, Daryl, City of Austin, Council Member.
Sonya, Sosa, Frost Bank -- Banking, Real Estate, Trust Administration.
Spelman, William
Stone, Jay, Financial Manager for the City of Austin's Parks & Recreation Department.
Shipman, Sally, Council Member, City of Austin.
Simon, Margarita, Radio journalist and community activist.
Smith, Frank H. Bail, bondsman.
Soto, Tiburcio M., ( -1974), killed by policeman.
Spaeth, Mark Edward, ( -1985), Council Member, City of Austin.
Todd, Bruce, Mayor of the City of Austin.
Valadez, Cynthia, Task Force Member.
Valdez, Nora, Member of Austin League of Tejano Artists.
Valera, Diana, Treasurer of Mexican American Cultural Center Amigos.
Vance, Boyd, Actor, Director of Pro-Arts.
Vargas, Alice, Downtown Austin Alliance.
Watson, Kirk, Mayor of the City of Austin.
Wrenn, Melvin G., Parlimentarian, Board Member of Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts 2001.
Wyles, Randall, Pastor of South Austin Church of the Mazarene.
Zapata, Clemencia, Musician, Owns a catering business.
Zapata, Laura, Director of Public Relations, University of Texas at Austin.
Organizations:
Academia Atzlan.
Alta.
Amigos Political Action Committee (P.A.C.).
Arriba Newspaper.
Austin Bolivian.
Austin City Council.
Austin Latino Lesbian & Gay Organization (ALLGO).
Austin Theater Alliance.
Bank of America.
Brown McCarrol & Oaks Hartline, LLP, Attorneys at Law.
Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Austin, Tex.).
Centro Nahualli.
Design Identity Group.
Goyo Designs.
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Human Opportunity Corporation (HOC).
JRG and Associates.
La Pena.
Latino Arts Consortium of Austin.
Lupe Arte.
Mexic Arte.
Mexican American Cultural Center Amigos.
Parque Zaragosa.
Red Salmon Press.
Sants Cruz Center for Culture.
Sigma Delta Lamba.
SKAM Productions.
Stefani Entertainment.
Teatro Humanidad.
Teatro Humanidad Cansada.
Teatro Libertad.
Teatro Vivo.
Willow Street Kids.
Subjects:
Concheros (a group of Mexican and Mexican American dancers who maintain ceremonies of the Azteca Mexica oral indigenous traditions).
Grapevine, The (an East Austin newsletter).
Low Riders (Young Chicanos who customize their cars and who usually belong to car clubs).
Pastorela (a traditional religious Christmas play brought to the new world by the Spaniard but adapted by Mexican Amercians [Shepard's play]).
Seaholm (name of the Power Plant on cesar Chavez Street).
Places:
600 River Street Site.
Austin (Tex.).
East Austin (Tex.).

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Related Material

Austin Files. AF-M4300(37) Mexican Americans.

A 016.976431 Go. Mexican American Bibliography: Sources of Information Relating to Mexican Americans in Austin, Texas. Gonzales, Irene. 2004.

A 305.8680976 Ar. Mexican American Center Project Market and Financial Analysis Final Report. Arthur Young Firm. 1988.

A 305.8680976 Me. Mexican American Cultural Center Project Reports. (Austin, Texas) Mexican American Cultural Center, Task Force. 1988.

A 305.8680976 Re. Phase II Feasibility Study, mexican American Center, Austin, Texas. Reyna, Caragonne & Coneway. 1987.

A 305.8680976 Ro. Preliminary Analysis: Mexican American Cultural Center at Fiesta Garden: community needs assessment submittal. Romo, Zeke. 1986.

A 305.8680976 Sa. Preliminary Analysis: Mexican American Cultural Center at Fiesta Garden. Santos, David. 1986.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History:

The Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records were stored in a box at the home of board member and donor, Delia Perez Meyer. Austin History Center's Neighborhood Liaison, Irene Gonzales, delivered the materials to the Austin History Center. Other individuals who donated materials to the Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records were Lori Renteria whose husband Sabino Renteria had been a task force member and Emma Barrientos who had been on the original planning team.

Preferred Citation:

Austin (Tex.). Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records (AR.2002.11). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information:

Donor #: DO/2002/055.

Donation Date: 2004-10-28.

Processing Information:

Initial Inventory and Preliminary Processing by Irene Gonzales, Margaret Schlankey, Tim Hamblin, and Danny Camacho in October – May 2005.

Final Processing and Finding Aid by Irene Gonzales on June 2005.

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 Acronyms Used in the Text 

Abbreviation Full Name
AAS Austin American Statesman
AD&P Arts Director & Programs
AISD Austin Independent School District
ALAA Austin Latino Arts Accelerator
ARCO Arguelles & Company
ATA Austin Theater Alliance
Austin MSA Austin Metropolitan Statistical Area
CCC Center for Community Change
CCO Cultural Contract Office
CFA Certified Financial Analyst
CFS Cash Flow Statement
CIMP Cash & Investment Management Policy
CIA Culinary Institute of America
CMACA Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, Inc.
CPA Certified Public Accountant
CRM Community Relations Manager
G&A General & Administrative Expenses
GAAPP General Accounting and Accepted Principles and Practices
GCAC Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
ED Executive Director
FMP Facilities Management Plan
I-Board Investment Board
IED Interim Executive Director
ILCC International Latino Cultural Center
IPO Initial Public Offering
IRS Internal Revenue Service
LCI Latino Culinary Institute
Lupe-Arte Latinas Unidas por El Arte
MACC Mexican American Cultural Center
Mexic-Arte Mexic-Arte Museum
MHP Mexican Heritage Plaza
NHCC National Hispanic Cultural Center
NSFRE National Society of Fund Raising Executives
PARD Parks & Recreation Department
PPM Policies and Procedures Manual
RDM Resource Development Manager
SCCC Santa Cruz Center for Culture
TCA Texas Commission on the Arts
THC Teatro Humanidad Cansada
TEDD Texas Economic Development Department
UTA University of Texas at Austin

 

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts Project Records

Box Folder
1 1 Austin (Tex.) CMACA Project Records Articles of Incorporation Certificate of Incorporation.
(001 Item).
2 Records, By-Laws.
(004 Items).
3 Records, Direction of Organization.
(002 Items).
4 Records, Organization Overview.
(001 Item).
5 Ethics Policy.
(001 Item).
6 Parliamentary Procedure Reference Guide.
(001 Item).
7 Financial Statements.
(004 Items).
8 Budgets, Records.
(007 Items).
9 Records.
(003 items).
10 Introduction/Mission, n.d.
(001 Item).
11 "Future Direction and Operating/Business Plan for the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts." Draft copy by Argelles & Company.
(002 Items).
12 "The MACC A Growth Model for the Latino Arts in Austin, Texas." Strategic Plan by Arguelles & Company. Drafts.
(002 Items).
13 "The MACC A Growth Model for the Latino Arts." Strategic Plan by Arguelles & Company. Final.
(001 Item).
14 Market & Financial Analysis -- Arthur Young International, June 2, 1988.
(001 Item).
15 Planning and Design Analysis -- Reyna, Caragonne & Coneway, October 1988.
(003 Items).
16 Executive Summary.
(004 Items).
17 East Cesar Chavez Neighborhood Planning.
(010 Items).
18 Newsletters.
(011 Items).
19 Records, Board of Directors.
(021 Items) .
20 Strategic Plan for a Cultural Arts Facility.
(001 Items).
21 River Street Site.
(007 Items).
22 I. R. S. Letter Tax Exemption Determination December 22, 1998.
(003 Items).
23 1995 Feasibility Study/Master Plan.
(001 Item).
24 MACC Cherrette Conclusion Saturday, May 16, 1998.
(001 Item).
25 E-Mail message - MAACC Attack.
(001 Item).
26 Application for copyright registration.
(001 Item).
27 The Detroit Industry Frescoes by Diego Riviera.
(002 Items).
28 Thomas Salas's Records.
(002 Items).
29 Status Report to Planning Commission April 28, 1992 & May 21, 1992.
(003 Items).
30 Task Force November 24, 1992.
(001 Item).
31 Bond Election 1992.
(006 Items).
32 Bond Election 1998.
(0029 Items).
33 Tejano Arts Festival and Low Rider Car Show.
(019 Items).
34 Latino Arts Consortium of Austin (LACA).
(006 Items).
35 Teatro Humanidad Cansada.
(003 Items).
36 La Pastorela.
(071 Items).
37 Casabella Architects-Master Plan 2000.
(008 Items).
38 Lease and agreement for the construction management, and operation of the Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, 1998-2000.
(020 Items).
39 Increasing Public Awareness and Improving Donor Possibilities zland.com/Austin,Tx. Oct. 2000.
(001 Item).
40 Grant Opportunities from outside agencies.
(004 Items).
41 Funding Policy.
(002 Items).
42 1999-2000 Cultural Services Agreement between the City of Austin and CMACA.
(002 Items).
43 CMACCA Facility use and rentals by outside organizations.
(013 Items).
44 Press Releases and Newspaper Articlesre: MACC/CMACA.
(002 Items).
45 Assorted CMACA Brochures.
(003 Items).
46 Laguna Gloria Art Museum/Austin Museum of Art Board of Trustees Agendas and Minutes 1992-1993.
(031 Items).
Box Folder
2 1 Agendas and Minutes (MACC) 1987-1988.
(003 Items).
2 Agendas 1989-1992.
(004 Items).
3 Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 1994-1999.
(0021 Items).
4 Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2000.
(0020 Items).
5 Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 2001.
(0011 Items).

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