In the mid 1970’s an idea from local community activists, artists and students for a center where Mexican American/Latino heritage and culture can be preserved, developed and promoted was planted into the city counsel of Austin.
It isn’t until almost ten years later that the city approved the Mexican American Cultural Center to be built on their property in the Rainey St district of south Austin.
They assign a task force, the Mexican American Cultural Center Task Force, to work on the issue. In 1992 it’s scheduled for voter approval but fails with only 47% of the vote.
The Task Force incorporates as The Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts, Inc as a Texas based 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation.
They perform their first historical theatrical performance at the Cultural Center takes place that same year. The following year Austin voters approve $10.9 million in bond financing.
World renowned architect, Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon is selected to design the center. Years later it is completed with a professional grade kitchen, an art gallery, a community gallery, outdoor plaza, classrooms and a new built black box theater.
Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) 600 River Street, Austin, Texas 78701