Art & Culture

DIY: Papel Picado

The craft of Papel Picado consists of delicate designs cut from tissue to create bright and fragile patterns that celebrate life and tell the story of the dead. To keep the Dia de los Muertos tradition alive through art, Trucha made some RGV inspired Papel Picado templates for you to cut out and use to decorate your altar.

Art & Culture

OPINION: MURAL MADNESS

A millennial pink mural and colorful geometric shapes by L.A. based artist Ted Kelly went up on the Capitol Theatre Building in Downtown Brownsville. It is one of three murals to be created from Elon Musk’s donation to the City. The selection of a non-local artist to paint one of the largest murals in the Rio Grande Valley has not boded well among many locals as it is seen as an example of the local inequity in the arts. Read our Cultural Organizer’s Opinion Editorial on the situation.

Social Justice

EL RITMO FRONTERIZO: MOBILIZING THROUGH MUSIC

El Ritmo Fronterizo is a free virtual concert featuring Rio Grande Valley musicians put together by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE). Read our interview with LUPE Organizer, event host and member of the Skags, Marco Lopez to get more insight on the event.

Art & Culture

Reframing Access to Art in the Colonias

This summer, ARISE Adelante and Trucha collaborated through a Creative Support Project to provide arts programming to colonia youth during their 2021 Summer Sessions. Read more about Trucha Cultural Organizer Josue Ramirez’s experience with access to creative resources growing up in a rural colonia, and the inspiration to challenge the narrative that art is inaccessible.

Art & Culture

Announcing the De La Casa Artists in Residence

The selected artists for the inaugural De La Casa Artist Residency consist of two collective proposals. They include visual artists Monica Lugo and Sam Rawls and performance artists Erica Garza and Vanessa Alvarado of the Frontera Dance Project. Read more and stay tuned for their work!

Justice for Jorge
Social Justice

Commentary: A Reckoning in the RGV Starts with the Murder of Jorge Gonzalez

One Year After George Floyd’s Murder, A Reckoning in the RGV Starts with the Murder of Jorge Gonzalez by the Hidalgo County Sherif’s Department. This May 30th, Jorge would’ve turned 24 years old. His son, Jason, will grow up without a father. And his mother, sister, and wife will forever feel a void where his smile and warmth used to be.

Art & Culture

Collaging the Divine

Divine Agbeko is a digital collage artist from McAllen, Texas. We checked in with Divine to talk about her interest and journey into collage making.

Social Justice

The Myth of Affordable Housing

When compared to other metropolitan areas in the state, homeownership in the Rio Grande Valley is high and home prices are substantially lower. To outsiders and individuals in higher income brackets, this creates a false impression of an accessible and affordable housing market, – a myth of affordability.