This fall, the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos presents its Día de los Muertos celebration scheduled for October 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be entertainment, music, food and family activities for all to enjoy. Preparations are underway and anyone interested in attending is recommended to visit sanmarcoscentro.org for the most up to date information.
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos opened its doors at 211 Lee Street in San Marcos on September 18, 2010. The mission of Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos is to serve as a community beacon for the preservation, development, promotion, and celebration of the Hispanic arts, culture, heritage, and values.
The cultural center is made up of four components: an art gallery, a library, a museum, and the programs that make Centro such an active and lively place. The Centro provides a unique space for people to learn about or share their Hispanic Heritage and to participate in our public programs, classes, and events. Centro's programs and educational curriculum include the areas of visual arts, theater, dance, literature, music, multimedia, and the culinary arts. These vibrant educational classes and interactive events for children, adults, families, and diverse audiences take place throughout the year.
The Centro’s Southside location lies at the heart of what was one of the first Mexican American "barrios" of San Marcos. The building on 211 Lee Street where the Centro now stands was originally the Mexican School during a time when education was a segregated institution in San Marcos. For many years, Hispanic children and children with Spanish-sounding surnames attended the Mexican School. It was later renamed the Southside School to remove racial divisions before being renamed, again, to Bonham Elementary. The building itself is a historical monument, very significant to the lives of locals that attended. Many had difficult experiences with the education system at the time and with not being allowed to speak their primary language. Today, the building is a symbol and testament of the progress the Hispanic community has made over the past century for equality and cultural reverence. Centro is a place of inclusiveness, ethnic celebration, and (hi)story preservation
Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos was named the “Best Multicultural Center” by Critic's Choice in The Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2015 issue.