The Leonel Castillo Community Center in Northside Houston is the new home of a “mega molcajete” structure celebrating Latino Culture.
Get a pico the new, larger-than-life mocajete, which officials revealed last week with the Houston Arts Alliance and Harris Country Pct. 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia.
The sculpture is a work of artist, Jesus Medel Cantu, founder of Museo Guadalupe Aztlan in Houston in 1994. The museum aims to promote indigenous culture and folk art of the Americas, including the Chicano/a community.
Widely used in Mexico, a molcajete is a stone bowl used to grind spices, grains, and small vegetables to make guacamole and various salsas.
The sculpture is located at Leonel Castillo Community Center at 2101 South Street in Houston.
In other news, Discovery Green is kicking off autumn festivities on Friday, September 9, with the Mexico en el Corazón celebration. The cultural event will feature a traditional folklorico troupe of 50 performers as well as a live presentation of El Grito.
Furthermore, Discovery Green is hosting three free concerts celebrating Houston’s Chicano musicians. Discover your next favorite bands on September 25, October 23, and November 27 for La Fiebre, Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Diaz, and AVIZO, respectively.
On Sunday, October 30, Discovery Green will hold its fifth annual Día de los Muertos festival with proper pageantry, music, live performances, hands-on activities, vendors, and a screening of Coco. Here, visitors are encouraged to leave memories or “recuerdos” of their loved ones at the community altar.