June Cultura Guide: Summer of Healing with cultural arts

? Plus, let’s keep Uvalde Strong! Top ways to continue to help.

June Cultura Guide: Summer of Healing with cultural arts

? Plus, let's keep Uvalde Strong! Top ways to continue to help.

Summer of healing

Saludos! We share this month’s Cultura Guide and newsletter to remind us that even in the toughest times we can remain connected.

? Uvalde Strong: Our hearts have been in Uvalde these past couple of weeks. Austin Vida has been sharing resources, information, and ways to help across our social media platforms.

As some of you may know, I have family in Uvalde (thankfully all safe) and my hometown of Eagle Pass is nearby. The news hit me hard, and I traveled to Uvalde on Memorial Day. Find that coverage on our social pages.

? Mil gracias: Now more than ever, we need culturally-competent news and your support helps make that happen. Thank you so much to everyone who donated to our Austin Vida May birthday fundraiser. We surpassed our goal of $1,500 and were able to secure some matching funds! If you haven’t donated yet, please do as we still need support with upcoming projects like our first-person community essay series. Your tax-deductible contribution means we can produce more community news + culture articles amplifying our gente. Donate to Austin Vida here.

Y claro, we want to help you stay in-the-know with your FREE Cultura Guide. Click below to view and download. ????

June Newsletter Highlights:

Más Community (Uvalde edition): Did you know 82% of Uvalde residents are Latino? We’re dedicating our community news section below to ways to help Uvalde.

?Sí Se Puede: This section will return next month. Did you or someone you know receive an honor or recognition? Let us know by emailing us at news@austinvida.com for newsletter consideration.

? Austin Vida Chisme: Guess who emceed Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze youth accordion competition? Plus, more behind-the-scenes Austin Vida happenings at the bottom of this newsletter.


Nancy Flores, Austin Vida editor & publisher

‘El Buen Patrón // The Good Boss’ starring Javier Bardem will open the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival. Photo contributed by Cine Las Americas

What’s in June’s Cultura Guide?

?️ What you need to know about the in-theater return of the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.

?️‍?Where to celebrate PRIDE events featuring Latinx markets and artists.

? Catch this famosa comedian‘s latest tour at ACL Live.

? Where to soak up live music shows featuring everything from Afro-Colombian funk to Conjunto music.

?️ The Chicano and Colombian art exhibits you need to catch this month before their June run.

✊? 3 ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Austin.

And much more! ?????

Más Community (Uvalde edition)

Got a July community event you’d like to submit for consideration? Hit reply or send to news@austinvida.com.

Hundreds of flower bouquets, candles and children’s toys laid at the memorial site at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, on Memorial Day. Photo by Nancy Flores

✍️ Want to demand change on gun reform? Head to Veracruz All Natural on Webberville Road on June 6 from 8-10 a.m for the ¡Basta! United with Uvalde event. Folks will gather there to write to our U.S. Senators in community with others. Sponsoring organizations – including Womxn of Color Collective, Chingona Fest Texas, and Austin Trauma Therapy Center – will provide postage and supplies. Tacos will be 20% off. Voter registration will also be onsite.

? Art can be healing. That’s why Austin-based nonprofit MAS Cultura is raising funds for the Uvalde Strong Unidos 21 Murals project. Initiated by Uvalde art professor Abel Ortiz, the mural project aims to create 21 murals to honor the victims of the massacre. A roster of artists across Texas are expected to participate. Donate and find more information here.

? The aftermath of the Uvalde shooting will have lifelong effects on the victims of the family including the 38 siblings of the 19 students killed. Former Austinite and past Co-Director of PODER Erika González has been in touch with Robb Elementary’s school counselor for an initiative to raise funds for the siblings of the Uvalde shooting. So far $2,000 has been raised to purchase Moon Pals, therapeutic weighted stuffed bears. These are for siblings in PK-6th grade. Additional funds will go toward purchasing age appropriate healing items for the older siblings in 7th-12th grade. Donations can be made directly via Venmo @Erika-Gonzalez-8000. Austin Vida has verified this fundraiser. Erika González is originally from Eagle Pass, Texas, and is currently an educator in East Oakland, where she’s worked with students experiencing trauma. If you have any questions, hit reply to this email.

? Uvalde CISD has set up the Robb Memorial Fund, an official donation account with First State Bank to assist the families of this tragedy. Donations can be made at any of the bank branches, via check or online using Zelle to robbschoolmemorialfund@gmail.com. Details here.

??‍♀️ Volunteer attorneys needed. San Antonio Legal Services Association is mobilizing volunteer Texas attorneys to provideservices to families impacted by the Robb Elementary shooting. Email UvaldeResponse@sa-lsa.org with your area of expertise and availability.

? There are some Uvalde shooting victims still hospitalized at University Health in San Antonio. The Uvalde Victims Relief Fund has been set up by the hospital to cover any unpaid medical expenses, food, lodging and other needs identified by social workers. More information here.

? Consider donating blood or hosting a blood drive wherever you live to ensure there is enough blood in the bank ahead of tragedies like in Uvalde. Visit South Texas Blood & Tissue or We are Blood in Central Texas.

⚽ When news broke of the Uvalde shooting, the Los Verdes Supporter Group of Austin FC quickly mobilized to provide Austinites and beyond an immediate way to contribute financially to Uvalde families. June 3 is the last day to donate to the GoFundMe, which has so far raised more than $239,000 of its $250,000 goal. The funds will be transferred to the Robb Memorial Fund that Uvalde CISD set up. Donate here.

Austin Vida Chisme

Austin Vida Editor & Publisher Nancy Flores (right) served as a proud co-emcee with Rancho Alegre’s Piper LeMoine (left) at The Big Squeeze.

? Austin Vida Editor & Publisher Nancy Flores was honored to co-emcee Texas Folklife’s The Big Squeeze, a statewide (plus neighboring Louisiana) youth accordion competition at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum last month. Interested in having Nancy emcee your upcoming event? Hit reply to this email.

? Austin Vida held two concert ticket giveaways in May. We periodically do this to support our local cultural arts scene. Austin Vida ticket winners enjoyed free concerts by Mexico City’s Girl Ultra and Puerto Rican Latin Grammy winner Pedro Capó. Follow us on Instagram, where we will post future giveaways.

? Austin Vida traveled to the Uvalde memorial sites. Find our coverage via our social media channels and austinvida.com.

? Muchísimas gracias to all Austin Vida donors who made our May birthday fundraiser a success. But we can still use your help to boost our mission of informing, amplifying and celebrating Latinidad. Here are more ways to support.


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