Spanglish Series

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Next Session, Emmanuel Ortega, Jueves Sept 17th, 2020

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+ MUSIC + Sonia De Los Santos was born with a smile on her face (that's what her mom says) in Monterrey, Mexico, and in 2007 started touring the world, singing in English and Spanish, playing guitar and jarana and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award-winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. ⁠ ⁠ In 2015 she released her first solo family music album titled Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island (Parents' Choice Foundation Gold Award Winner) a collection of songs that reflect her experiences growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own heritage.⁠ ⁠ Sonia was nominated in 2019 for a Latin Grammy® with her second family music album titled ¡Alegría! and has been hailed by Billboard as “one of the Latin Children’s music artists you should know” and "Best Latin Children's Music".⁠ ⁠ She has been featured on NBC’s Visiones, Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live and WXPN’s Kids Corner among others. She has also made numerous appearances as a singer and guitarist on TV shows like ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s The Early Show, and Sprout’s The Sunny Side up Show and has performed with her band in renowned venues and festivals such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Lollapalooza, The New Victory Theater, Austin City Limits, The Getty Museum, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many more.⁠ ⁠ Conoce mas de su historian y música la semana que entra por el facebook de @ESBMACC!

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+ ART + Together with the Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, we’re proud to feature the amazing artist, José Villalobos. ⁠
Jose Villalobos is known for artistically protesting culturally-accepted traits of toxic masculinity through performance, installation, sculpture, drawings, and fashion. Villalobos grew up on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Tex., and was raised in a traditional conservative family. His oeuvre reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught in between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that conflict with being gay. In his work, he confronts the derogatory terms and attitudes with which Villalobos continues to withstand today. ⁠

+ MUSIC + Join us next Thursday Agosto 6 para una session especial con Niña Dioz! Niña Dioz has grown accustomed to breaking barriers. Having broken into Mexico’s predominantly male hip-hop scene as an openly queer rapper, she is now based between LA & Mexico City, and continues to create meaningful songs that reflect her identity, reality, vision, and voice. The first single off of her last album, “Tambalea,” feat Ceci Bastida and Lido Pimienta and received millions of streams. It was named Germany’s Radio Cosmo “Top Song of the Year.”⁠
The album, Reyna, received much love from outlets, radio, and DSPs such as NPR, The Fader, Spotify, Los Angeles Magazine, KUTX, and KEXP among others, and she was even featured as Billboard’s “Latin Artist on the Rise.⁠
Thanks to the ESB MACC for hosting

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+ ART + SOCIAL + Together with the ESB Mexican American Cultural Center, we’re honored to have Alán Peláez López, an AfroZapotec poet, activist, installation and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. They are the author of ‘Intergalactic Travels: poems from a fugitive alien’ (The Operating System, 2020) and ‘to love and mourn in the age of displacement’ (Nomadic Press, 2020).

As a young organizer, Pelaez Lopez was guided by undocumented Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin American, which led them to develop an unapologetically Black and queer feminist vision for liberation. Through community organizing and strategizing, Pelaez Lopez has facilitated roundtable discussions with U.S. Senators and Representatives; protested detention centers in CA, TX, NY, and MA; and led political education workshops in DC, NY, MA, VT, CA, GA, TX, IL, PA, and CT.

In 2013, Pelaez Lopez was named a recipient of the Youth Courage Award for their commitment to uplifting the voices of LGBTQIA+ undocumented immigrants in the United States. They accepted the award in New York City and was an honored guest at NYC Pride. In 2014, they moved to Los Angeles to complete a fellowship at the UCLA Labor Center where they launched their first visual storytelling project and has since worked in the field of public and digital narrative(s).

Pelaez Lopez has worked for Black Girl Dangerous Press and Everyday Feminism, and published widely in print, digital and audio media. They have been interviewed/in conversation by/with The Nation, PBS Newshour, Telemundo, Univision, Them, and NPR to name a few.

SS Justin Favela

Together with the ESB Mexican American Center, we’re excited to bring artist and podcaster extraordinaire, Justin Favela to our Spanglish Series!

Based in Las Vegas, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Justin Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a BFA in fine art from UNLV. Nos vemos la semana que entra!

SS Irma

Together with the ESB Mexican American Center, we’re excited to bring sex educator, Irma to our Spanglish Series! She’s revolutionizing wellness by promoting pleasure in the Deep South among the most marginalized. ⁠
Couldn’t think of a better time to pause & learn how to find joy in our own bodies while we continue the fight. ⁠

Thursday the 25th, at 7 pm at ⁠

Irma is a certified sex educator in Texas and client services manager at Jane’s Due Process, where she helps Texas minors exercise their reproductive rights to an abortion. Her focus is to connect the harm of sex-negative anti-abortion rhetoric into a wider sex-positive reproductive justice framework where marginalized people are shamed and robbed of their autonomy. She believes that when Black, Indigenous, and other people of color experience pleasure on their own terms, it’s an act of protest, but most importantly–self-care.


The Projecto is thrilled to announce their newest partnership with the Emma S Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center!

The ESB MACC will be directly supporting Spanglish Series starting with Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas a gifted musician and educator that will be chatting with us on May 28th, 2020.

Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas is a Mexican-American musician, writer, and multi-instrumentalist. He was the bassist for the rock band Mutemath. Mitchell-Cárdenas has been playing in bands since he was twelve years old and has worked as a session musician and producer for many groups.

Currently he’s focusing both in music and music education with projects like Elektro Kids join us on Facebook this Thursday the 28th at 7pm to hear more about his crazy cool journey!

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Karen Navarro is an Argentine-born multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Houston. Navarro works on a diverse array of mediums that includes photography, collage, and sculpture. Her image-based work centers around the topic of identity. Trained as a fashion designer and photographer, Navarro studied at the University of Buenos Aires and completed the certificate program in photography at Houston Center for Photography. Her constructed portraits are known for the use of color theory, surreal scenes and minimalist details. In 2018, Navarro was the recipient of the Glassell School of Art scholarship from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and most recently she has received the Artadia fellowship 2019. Navarro’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Selected shows include Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), USA; Galerija Upuluh, Zagreb, Croatia; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, USA; Elisabet Ney Museum, Austin, USA; Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA; and Museo de la Reconquista, Tigre, Argentina

Join us this May 14th at 7pm at The Projecto’s Instagram!


We’re so happy to bring two fuerzas imparables, dos personas que han hecho un trabajo increíble para la comunidad Latinx, Chicanx y de color para San Antonio, Tx; Jenelle Esparza y Rigoberto Luna.

These guys have been key in The Projecto’s growth, nos han apoyado, empujado, y hasta hospedado many times, always having the best intentions, and advice for us or whoever is interested in the greater good of the community.

They have independent practices but together, they run Presa House Gallery where they feature emergent artists, and give platform for creatives of all disciplines to shine. Their work on pushing and highlighting POC’s is palpable within their communities, and I think that todos nos hemos beneficiado de eso, teniendo mas diversidad, forzandonos a ser mejores, y siempre siempre ayudando a quienes tengamos a un lado.

Please join us this Thursday, April 30th at 7pm CT. en el Instagram Live the The Projecto 🙂

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The new edition of Spanglish Series brings el increíble percussionist, Enrique “Bugs” González. He currently plays con Los Lobos, y como you can imagine, his trayectoria is pretty fkn outstanding.

Bugs was born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In 1997, along with his brother Edy and 3 of his childhood friends, they formed the well-known band Jumbo, an alternative rock band, signed by BMG Mexico. Over the next eight years, Jumbo released three albums and a hits compilation supported by 12 videos, while touring extensively. In 2002, Bugs was invited to perform with many of his drum heroes at the prestigious Groove All-Stars events & Expo Sound: Check-in Mexico City.

In 2005, he moved to Los Angeles, CA; he performed and recorded with some of Latin America’s most respected and renowned artists while becoming an in-demand session drummer. In 2007, he became the drummer and Musical Director for Latin pop artist, Aleks Syntek, which had him performing non-stop throughout Mexico, Latin America, USA, and Canada for the following 5 years. In December of 2011, he was invited to become the drummer/percussionist for Grammy Award-winning, legendary East LA rock band: Los Lobos, featuring: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Conrad Lozano, and Steve Berlin.

Since then, Bugs has been touring tirelessly all over the US, Canada, and Europe, including shows like Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival, Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s Canada and Europe Tours, the recording of ‘Disconnected in NYC’, live at The City Winery, and Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary (to name a few  😮 ).

We’re thrilled to have one of the world’s nicest and most talented people in our first music-focused “Spanglish Series”!

Tune in to our Instagram account @theprojectoatx Thursday, April 16th, at 7PM CT.
Feel free to send us your questions to and we’ll do our best to share them with him!

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The Projecto’s Spanglish Series continues with the amazing Leslie Moody Castro.

Es mi mentora, inspiración, and a fucking badass person; she’s been leading Texas and CDMX into a more fun, inclusive Art world and we’re beyond thrilled to have her chat con su servilleta 😉

Send us your questions and comments, we’ll go through them live this Thursday, Abril 2, a las 7PM en

Leslie Moody Castro is an independent curator and writer whose practice is based on itinerancy and collaboration. She has produced, organized, and collaborated on projects in Mexico and the United States for more than a decade, and her repertoire of critical writing is also reflective of her commitment to place. She is committed to creating moments of artistic exchange and dialogue and as such is a co-founder of Unlisted Projects, an artist residency program in Austin, Texas. In 2017, she was selected as Curator and Artistic Director of the sixth edition of the Texas Biennial, and was recently the first invited curator in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency. Moody Castro earned a Master’s degree at The University of Texas at Austin in Museum Education with a portfolio supplement in Museum Studies in 2010, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History at DePaul University in Chicago in 2004, and has been awarded two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts for her curatorial projects (2016, 2017). In addition to her firm belief that the visual arts create moments of empathy, Moody Castro also believes that Mariachis make everything better.

This project is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

February 2020 (Prior to the world catching fire)


Photographs by Robert Gomez @Tribeza

The Projecto is proud to present Spanglish Series featuring outstanding creatives with Latinx roots.

To kickstart the series we’re presenting Edson Enriquez and Anne Rutt- Enriquez from Limbo and Triple Z Threads this February 15th, 2020 6pm at Nepantla, USA.

We met through friends in common back in 2010, they were participating at Big Medium‘s #EastAustinStudioTour with a studio at Pump Project and a table in SoCo, now they have stores in Chicago and Austin. Successful, amazing people leading the way for creatives doing GOOD business

Hope to see you there fam!

This project is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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