How Mexican textiles tell stories of history, traditions & comunidad

✨ Plus, free bilingual help on taxes, utilty assistance

How Mexican textiles tell stories of history, traditions & comunidad

✨ Plus, free bilingual help on taxes, utilty assistance

Connecting through cultura, textiles y traditions

Saludos! We hope your 2023 is off to a great start. Austin Vida intern Kessly Salinas, a first-gen college student and migrant farmworker scholar, has returned for the spring semester. We’re proud to uplift the work of talented aspiring Latina journalists!

We also do that via our partnership with Latinitas Magazine, which allows us to amplify articles by emerging writers.

Many of you have asked us for more stories about nuestras tradiciones, so dig into Kessly’s story on the power of Mexican textiles and traditional dresses. Also, catch up on the artists you need to watch right now, and learn about the latest community news.

Gracias to all of you who have been sending us messages on what you’d like to see in upcoming Austin Vida issues. Keep ’em coming! Just hit reply.

¡Juntos Podemos!


Nancy Flores, Austin Vida Editor & Publisher

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Power of Mexican Textiles Shines at Bullock Museum Exhibit

The "Hilos de Tradición: Dresses of Mexico" collaborative exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum showcases dresses from all states throughout Mexico. The Bullock Museum and Brownsville Historical Association teamed up to bring the rich stories of these dresses to Austin. Read more.

5 Latino Artists to Look Out for in 2023

Austin Vida partnered with Latinitas to highlight some top Latino Artists to Watch. Read more.

Más Community

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The Latino Comedy Project was founded in 1997,and is known for its political satire and pop culture parody. Image contributed by the Latino Comedy Project.

The Latino Comedy Project’s “Gentrif*cked” returns to Austin. The Emmy-nominated sketch troupe brings back their comedy show about the gentrification of Austin from Jan. 19-28. Catch the show at the Carver Museum Boyd Vance Auditorium at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $22 in advance or $27 at the door. 

Utility Assistance Programs are available through Austin Energy. Austin City Council has approved a base rate hike in utility bills. Most residents will see an increase in their utilities starting in March, which might be difficult for some amid rising inflation in gas, groceries, and rent. You can apply for the assistance programs at or by calling 512-765-9721. 

Are you, or is someone you know, an artist? The Mexic-Arte Museum and the City of Austin Art in Public Places program (AIPP) are looking for a team of visual artists to create artwork for the site at Congress and Fifth Street. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Need free, bilingual help with your taxes? Prosper Tax Help is a free bilingual service through Foundation Communities that provides tax assistance to Central Texas residents in need. Find out if you qualify and schedule an appointment here.


If you missed your free, instant download of the latest Cultura Guide, check it out now. Our Cultura Guides curate the best of Latinx cultural arts for the month. It’s your one-stop-shop for all things cultura.

Here’s some of what it features this month:

Top ways to level up in 2023.

Local singles to stream plus new album by local Salvadoran troubadour Nelson Saga.

How to keep the holiday celebrations going with Puerto Rican Octavitas.  

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