In the late 1980s, the Austin City Council adopted a resolution designating the 600 River Street site for the construction of a Mexican American cultural center or, “The MACC,” placing it on the ballot as part of a $46.4 million bond package during the November 1992 bond election. During the next three years, many Austin community leaders and supporters of the MACC invested and advocated heavily to approve bond monies for design and construction. However, the City’s bond package failed by a narrow margin, receiving 47% of the vote. A year later, the City Council directed the City Manager to assess the feasibility of rehabilitating the buildings at the River Street site for reuse as the MACC. The City Manager’s Office concluded that it was feasible.
By 1996 the MACC Task Force began to refer to the content of previous studies, and with the support of Latino artists, presented the City with an expanded version of earlier development concepts that could respond to the cultural facility needs of the artists. The Austin City Council unanimously approved the designation of the River Street property as the formal site for the proposed MACC. In November 1997, the MACC Task Force became CMACA by incorporating as a non-profit corporation in the State of Texas. The Center for Mexican American Cultural Arts (CMACA) was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1998, the same year that the citizens of Austin approved a $10.9 million bond package to build The MACC.
The MACC was scheduled for completion by May 2003 but the project has been postponed. The new date for groundbreaking is now January 2005. Due to budget constraints the project has also been broken down into three phases. Phase One (the first pyramid) will build a plaza, office and classroom spaces, and a multipurpose room. Phase Two (the second pyramid) will add a 300- seat theater and an art gallery, andPhase Three (the third pyramid) will complete the project with a 1200-seat theater and a parking garage. The total cost of the project is an estimated $50 million.
CMACA is committed to promoting the completion of this project. We believe it can be done and that one day, Austin will be home to an architectural jewel and a Latino cultural Mecca.
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.