CENTRO CULTURAL AZTLAN
Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Centro Cultural Aztlan is a nonprofit organization located in the historic Deco Building in San Antonio, Texas. This building sits on what was once the Old Spanish Trail. We're in the heart of the San Antonio Arts and Culture district, serving a mixture of peoples all across the city.
Centro Cultural Aztlan develops, maintains, and promotes the consciousness of our art and culture of San Antonio through our various programs.
Centro Cultural Aztlan will celebrate the 36th Annual Dia de los Muertos Altares y Ofrendas Exhibition with a two day celebration!
Since 1977, Centro Cultural has opened its doors to tourists and residents to take part in the biggest and oldest Dia de los Muertos Celebration paying tribute to this ancient tradition.
This year our celebration will start with a preview of our altares in our gallery on Friday Nov.1st.
More than a dozen of San Antonio's most talented and credentialed artists will create a Dia de los Muertos experience unlike any before. The scent of Zempasuchil (marigolds) will guide visitors into Galeria Expresion, where altares y ofrendas created by local artists and young people from the community welcome the past in once again. This event illustrates the artistic, cultural and religious facets of this popular pre-Columbian/Mexican tradition where death is seen as a natural part of life and this reality is approached with gaiety and humor. Photographs of loved ones grace altars as well as offerings of food and other things associated with Dia de los Muertos. Marigolds, incense, and candles celebrate life. The entire gallery is transformed into a giant installation that is a sumptuous feast for the senses. Some of the altars will be quite traditional while others will be more experimental even integrating technological elements.
Our opening reception is Saturday November 2nd, from 3-9PM.
Enjoy pan de muerto, ponche de frutas, and other treats as you visit with friends.
Shop for special Dia de los Muertos creations from some of San Antonio’s best artists and artisans in our "Avenida de los Muertos" artisan market.
Poetry and music begins at 4pm with NYA,(Network for Young Artists), Liza Ybarra, Eduardo Garza and more!
Be prepared to dance when the drum rhythmns of the Urban 15 dance troupe arrive to lead us in danzas choreographed for the festive occasion!
Altars will be on exhibit through Nov. 8. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9-5. Please call 432.1896 if you would like to arrange a field trip or guided tour.
Centro Cultural Aztlan Fall Schedule
Friday, November 1, 6-9PM - Altares y Ofrendas. Dia de los Muertos Annual celebration and Exhibit, featuring dozens of altares in our Gallery, A Catrina Runway Show, Lowrider Trunk Altares, Procession and an artisan market and live entertainment. Admission $3-5.
Saturday, November 2, 3-9PM - Altares y Ofrendas. Dia de los Muertos Annual celebration and Exhibit, featuring dozens of altares in our Gallery, A Catrina Runway Show, Lowrider Trunk Altares, Procession and artisan market. Hands-on workshops on papel picado, altar building mask making. Live music and entertainment throughout the day. Admission is $3-5.
November 22-24, Friday 6-9PM - Saturday and Sunday 10AM-6PM-
ZONARTE- El Mercado de Aztlan. A Holiday Fine-arts and Fine-crafts market featuring Artists and Artisans from San Antonio and across Tejas, who will offer their unique handmade gifts, original prints, paintings, sculptures, furniture jewelry, textiles, and artesania.
Tuesday, December 3, 6-9PM - Mariachi Vargas Festival Theme Art Exhibit and Competition. Painters, photographers, sculptors and artists are invited to participate in this mariachi-themed art exhibit at the Centro Cultural Aztlan in conjunction with the Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza.
Thursday, December 12, 6-9PM - Celebración a La Virgen de Guadalupe.
This annual exhibition is the oldest and most reverend featuring La Virgen de Guadalupe as the main theme. The exhibition includes Virgen de Guadalupe inspired hand pulled prints, wall hangings, acrylic, oil & water color paintings, wood sculptures and contemporary folk art and handmade jewelry.
For information and applications to our Fall Art Exhibits please visisit our my files page to download the applications.