Art & Culture

Sketch that depicts future around independent media and storytelling in the Rio Grande Valley.

Op-Ed: Celebrating Storytellers of the Rio Grande Valley

In a world where major news outlets paint the Rio Grande Valley in a negative light, local storytellers are collectively fighting to showcase the voices of our community. From zines to film, there’s always something for our community to help build our narrative towards the truth and empowerment.

Overcast Recordings: An Inspirational Tale for RGV Musicians

From his roots in Brownsville, Krebs pursued his passion for music production, founding Overcast Recordings in Austin, TX. Krebs has helped in recording the music of local bands Riley! and High Regard and continues to invite other Valley bands to pursue their rockstar dreams.

Six people dressed in black posing for a photo at an art exhibition.

Empowering Communities: Art & Activism in the RGV

Art is a powerful medium and can be used to aid activist movements, especially here in the RGV. Learn how community organizations are using art to explore some of the issues facing our communities.

Close-up of three sets of hands; two people of different skin tones holding hands, one person’s hands in the center holding both.

Being Loud and Queer

Volume Cinco of Trucha’s queer advice column, Consejitos Con Santana, answers questions exploring gender exploration, coming out to family, and dealing with biphobia.

Unidad y Alegria; cdcb’s New Mural Celebrates Brownsville

cdcb’s newest mural celebrates the essence of life in Brownsville,TX! Created by artist Cecilia Sierra and other local artists, the mural reflects small community moments, highlighting the transformative power of art in shaping the region’s narrative.

An artist named Octoabe pointing at the sky in a brown jacket in a alleyway in the RGV

Ghetto Superstar: Persevering Through Adversity

956 Artivists is a new series that explores the relationship between art and activism in the Rio Grande Valley. The first artist we interviewed is Octo, who shares some insight about his upcoming exhibition, “Ghetto Superstar,” and his mission to destigmatize growing up in poverty.