? October Cultura Guide: Hispanic Heritage Month continues

Plus, Let’s Vote Edition of Más Community news section

? October Cultura Guide: Hispanic Heritage Month continues

Plus, Let's Vote Edition of Más Community news section

Fall into Cultura this October

¡Saludos! Thanks to the generosity of our comunidad during our fall membership drive, we are now welcoming many new Austin Vida members. Together, we raised about $1,300 during our fundraising campaign. Mil gracias ?

If you haven’t donated yet, you can still contribute today. These funds will be used to grow our newsroom’s capacity, to keep producing the local, community-focused journalism you’ve come to expect from us, and to help you become even more connected to our comunidad.

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

Austin Vida Oct. Cultura Guide PDF


Nancy Flores, Austin Vida Editor & Publisher

October Newsletter Highlights:

Más Community – Let’s Vote Edition: Learn the five things you need to know to vote in the upcoming election plus voter registration drives and volunteer opportunities.

?Sí Se Puede: We see y’all making moves and it gives us hope in tough times. Checa some inspiring folks in this section below. 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: Meet Kessly, Austin Vida’s fall intern! Learn more about her and behind-the-scenes Austin Vida happenings when you scroll down to the Chisme newsletter section.

‘Bring it East’ by Mando ‘Tanner’ Martinez is among the featured artwork in the ‘La Lucha Sigue: Eastside Stories’ exhibit at the ESB-MACC. Photo by Kessly Salinas.

??? How to start planning for Día de los Muertos.

? Where to find must-see exhibits featuring East Austin artists and a historic mural showcasing mythology and medicine.

? How to watch Mexican films directed by women.

? Which can’t-miss local + touring artists are coming to the city.

? How frightening Latin American folktales and modern horror movies collide in this theater production.


Más Community – Let’s Vote Edition

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

5 things you need to know about voting in the upcoming mid-term elections.

Tues. Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote for the mid-term elections.

Early voting starts Mon. Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 4. Voting goes from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Here’s a list of early voting locations in Travis County.

Election Day is Nov. 8. Travis County voters can vote at any polling place in the county. There will be five mega voting centers and on Oct. 29 and Nov. 4 they will be open until 9 p.m.

Want to see what’s on the ballot? Find a sample ballot and download it here.

Find information about voter registration, poll wait times and more on votetravis.com.

?️ Head to a voter registration marathon hosted by PODER, a grassroots environmental and social justice nonprofit. Drive thru or walk up to register to vote in English or Spanish at the Mariposa Complex on 4926 E. Cesar Chavez St. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Not sure if you’re registered? PODER volunteer deputy registrars can help you check and direct you to the polling location nearest you.

?️ Swing by Joe’s Bakery on Oct. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to register to vote while getting some breakfast, lunch or pan dulce.HABLA y Vota will help folks register to vote, answer election questions, check registration status, and update name/address.

?️ The 2022 mid-term elections are on the horizon. Have a voting question? Text the word ‘Austin PBS’ and your question to 855-670-1777 or go here and get your question answered directly. Austin PBS and America Amplified will be researching and answering voter questions. Austin Vida plans to share upcoming stories based on your questions.

Sí Se Puede

Did you or someone you know receive an honor? Let us know by emailing us at news@austinvida.com for newsletter consideration.

✨ Did you see the Kelly Clarkson Show episode featuring the Texas artists honoring Uvalde victims? This summer, Austin Vida shared a story about ways to help Uvalde shooting victims. One of those ways was to contribute to a mural project initiated by Uvalde art professor Abel Ortiz and supported by Austin-based nonprofit MAS Cultura and others. A roster of artists across Texas participated and created beautiful memorials in honor of the victims. Felicidades to MAS Cultura founder Monica Maldonado and all who made this happen.

Check it out! ??

✨ Have you heard multidisciplinary artist Leti Garza’s song "Borderland" yet? The Austin-area artist recently won a Silver Medal Award for it at the Global Music Awards, an international music competition celebrating independent musicians. Kudos to Leti who continues to blaze trails for Latina musicians!

Muchas felicidades to Flora Ortega, an alumna of both St. Edward’s University and UT-Austin. Ortega, now an L.A.-based production designer, recently designed her debut feature film "God’s Country," a Neo-Western thriller starring Thandiwe Newton of "Westworld." Ortega is also an alumna of the College Assistance Migrant Program at St. Edward’s University, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Watch the movie trailer and find showtimes near you here.

Austin Vida Chisme

Cheers to the next generation of Latina journalists! Please welcome Austin Vida’s Fall 2022 intern. You’ll be spotting her work all semester on the site, this newsletter, the Cultura Guide, our socials y más.

? Hello, my name is Kessly Salinas, and I am from Friona, TX. I’m a first generation American and college student. My mother is an immigrant from Zacatecas, Mexico, and my dad is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico. I’m from a migrant farmworker family. I grew up traveling with my family as they worked in the fields during the summers.⁠⁠

I’m currently a senior at St. Edward’s University majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Journalism and Digital Media. I’m also a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and Johnson-Turpin Scholar.⁠⁠ I knew I wanted to become a journalist when I joined my high school U.I.L journalism team.

I’m thrilled to be working with Austin Vida because I know I will gain valuable experience for my future career. I wanted to work with Austin Vida because I had never seen a news site that focused on amplifying the voices of Latinos and that was solutions-based. ⁠⁠I am so excited to be able to give back to my community through Austin Vida!⁠

From the lowriders to the market full of creatives, Viva México Fest – which also marked the ESB-Mexican American Cultural Center’s 15th anniversary – was an inspiring event filled with corazón and community.

? Austin Vida served as a proud community partner for Viva México Fest! We loved hearing from all the folks who stopped by the Austin Vida booth. One of our values is that Austin Vida stories be fundamentally informed by the comunidad. That means we won’t be able to do this work without your feedback.⁠⁠ Let us know what you want to see in Austin Vida. Got story tips or something you think needs to be amplified? Hit reply or let us know at news@austinvida.com. ⁠⁠

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