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The Roots

 … It all started … Dancing as Chavalitos …

Steeped with artistic roots linked to the 1970s Austin Chicano Cultural Arts Renaissance, La Familia Salinas has been integral in contributing to Austin’s unique identity as a nationally recognized creative community. 

Our Tres Generaciónes of deep rooted experience in community and cultural arts continues to turn our machine.

Trés Generaciónes

The Salinas Culture- Keepers

With artistic roots to the 1970s Austin Chicano Cultural Arts Renaissance, the Salinas Family has contributed to Austin’s unique identity as a nationally recognized cultural arts community. Maria & Jesus Salinas founded the AZTLAN Dance Company in 1974 to engage their children in the Mexican-American cultural arts and were active in the Chicano Arts Movement. In 1984, Roén Salinas established Santa Cruz as the formal home for the AZTLAN Dance Company and forged community collaborations with sister art organizations to begin showcasing theatrical performances at Santa Cruz.

As a 45+ year tradition, the Salinas 3rd generation continue building on traditions. Ryan Salinas has masterfully transformed the studio-theater into a full-production house, thereby maximizing space as a creative catalyst for merging a wide range or artistic disciplines into innovative compositions and enterprising relationships. Roen Salinas, Jr. upholds the important AZTLAN stagecraft while building the technical infrastructure for the Santa Cruz Theater & Gallery.

Forging creative space, evolving artistic practices, and collaborating with strategic community partners has empowered the Salinas’ to define Santa Cruz’ unique role as an incomparable and charming venue for the arts. Our Trés Generaciónes of love and experience with community and deep roots in the arts guides all of our efforts.