Fronteras: ‘It comes from the community’ – Museo del Westside preserves the unique stories of its residents; MujerArtes women share their life stories using clay

Residents of the historic area near western San Antonio have long seen its centuries-old culture erode as the city grew from the inside out. An area that is often unfunded with a lack of infrastructure has led to fatalities floodAnd urban renewal led to demolition Of historic buildings.

Nevertheless, the near western side persisted.

His stories are now preserved in a new museum. God Westside Museum It will house what was once Ruben’s historic ice house, a residence from the 1930s that became a grocery store in the 1950s, and then an ice house that closed in the 1980s.


Norma Martinez from TPR interviews the director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Graciela Sanchez, at the Cassita in El Rincocito de Esperanza.

Graciela Sanchez is the director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Sanchez explained the spark behind the creation of the museum.

“We made history by heart, and even though we started with one or two people, we had community meetings with people from the West Side who did not know each other,” she said. “[They] They started forming friendships and, in fact, their small community. “

The museum is expected to open in May 2023 with the exhibition “Historias del Westside”, a survey of Westside history from the 1980s to the 1970s.

The museum is currently virtual – you can see their exhibition “Women and Activism in the West Side” Here.

Hear part 1 of our conversation with Graciela Sanchez Here.


‘It’s an extension of self’ – MujerArtes provides a space for women to share their experiences

Adjacent to the soon-to-be-West Del Westside Museum is a compact adjoining building that houses the Center for Peace and Justice of Esperanza WomanArts Project – Part of A little corner of hope

It is a women’s clay cooperative that brings together women of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual identities and ideologies to learn, teach and create.

We talked to some of the women about what they do at MujerArtes and how the action of working with clay – with the earth – affects their lives.

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center will host Go on the west sideA community meeting celebrating the neighborhood’s history with music, stories and walking tours, May 7, 9: 00-15: 00

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