The Museum of South Texas History (“MOSTHistory”), a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, will feature a double presentation showcasing the Xicana heritage of the binational and bicultural borderland region through the applied arts. Starting the double-feature presentation is Amalia Ortiz, an actor and author, who will perform live poetry from her published book Rant.Chant.Chisme. followed by a social/gender issue presentation by printmaker and painter Celeste de Luna on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Courtyard Gallery.

Amalia Ortiz’s television debuts include three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO and the NAACP Image Awards on FOX. Ortiz is known for creating, composing and writing productions such as Carmen de la Calle, Otra Esa on the Public Transit and also starred in Fear of a Brown Planet. Further upon making milestones in television appearances, Ortiz is recognized through multiple awards including the first Latina to reach the National Slam finals; the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Award, from Sandra Cisneros; San Antonio Puro Slam MVP and 3-time champion, Hedgebrook Writer in Residence, ContoMundo Fellow and many more.

Celeste de Luna, a Rio Grande Valley native, will discuss the importance of the Valley and its culture. “My work is primarily about in between spaces: physical, spiritual, and conceptual,” said de Luna. “As a border dweller, those in between spaces are where I find myself, sometimes intact and sometimes, not so much.” De Luna’s perspective critically tackles the question of how the Rio Grande Valley community fits on the border and what it is that makes the shared culture so unique.

Both Ortiz and de Luna were raised in the Rio Grande Valley and attended La Feria High School together. Their respective works in live performance and relief art share the values and beliefs that developed while growing up in a mutual environment. Guests will see a live performance and presentation from both artists. Also available are relief prints from Celeste de Luna and a signed copy of Ortiz’s debut book Rant.Chant.Chisme. rant chant chisme high resolution

This program is made possible with generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was deeply committed to supporting educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created at the museum by her family to honor her memory and to continue her commitment to providing opportunities for education to the community.

Sunday Speakers Series is included in the fee of regular museum admission. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, connect on LinkedIn, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.