Social Justice

An Act Of Hate and Homophobia in Brownsville

The first official rainbow sidewalk in Brownsville has been vandalized in an act of homophobia, further showing that hate continues to grow in our own neighborhoods.

Latino wearing a black shirt smiling, surrounded by frames of his artwork.
Art & Culture

Jesus Treviño Opens Art Exhibit at IMAS

Jesus Treviño is a wonderful example of Rio Grande Valley talent nurtured by amazing art educators. His exhibition, La Carrera Fading in the Sun, shows an artist who pushes past mastery of the medium and is sharpening his voice and identity.

Social Justice

Rio Grande Valley Community React Ahead of SpaceX Rocket Launch Blast on the South Texas Coastline

SpaceX routine operations and testing are already destroying wildlife refuges and sacred lands of the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe of Texas and are threatening Rio Grande Valley communities with explosion risks. In addition to these accumulating impacts, the launch of the new massive Starship Super Heavy itself will increase the size and scale of SpaceX’s already damaging impacts on nearby communities, wildlife, and the environment.

Social Justice

Drag the Legislature; The Right Targets Drag Performers

Drag can be so much; entertainment, educational, political, a form of gender expression, and an artistic celebration of one’s community. Unfortunately, legislation regarding drag performance has been introduced at the Texas State Capitol, and miles away at home in the Rio Grande Valley, anti-drag sentiments have shown up in insidious and dangerous ways.

Art & Culture

Nuestra Delta Mágica: Settler Imaginaries & Community Resistance

Nuestra Delta Magica: Settler Imaginaries & Community Resistance is a two-month-long exhibition that will investigate untold South Texas history of land settlement, addressing racial and environmental injustices happening in the Rio Grande Valley.

Art & Culture

Despite the Distance, Art Unites the 956

The Virtual Artist-in-Residence (V-AiR), Cultivarte Laredo’s signature program, grants (3) South Texas artists stipends of $1,250 to work remotely for three months to create a new body of artwork while working closely with a mentor and engaging with a virtual audience. Learn more about the residency and apply by March 11th!

Art & Culture

Desde la Frontera: Border Representation in Soy de Tejas

Soy de Tejas showcases over 100 works of art of forty native Texan and Texas-based contemporary artists. Each reflects, “the diverse and beautiful complexity of Latinx identities.” Let’s review how the Border Region is represented in this survey.

Social Justice

Commentary: In Solidarity with Bekah Hinojosa Against SpaceX

Almost a year later, Rebekah Hinojosa is scheduled to make her first appearance in court in February for, allegedly, vandalizing city property. Rebekah was arrested and charged with a Class B Misdemeanor and was publicly doxxed by Mayor Trey Mendez social media account. Was she targeted for her activism against SpaceX?

Social Justice

Commentary: On Interable Relationships

Society’s labels for people can otherize them and be hurtful. This can be the case in the way people with a disability and their relationships are categorized as “interable relationships.” Read more about why some in the region think the term is incorrect.