The Museum of South Texas History is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month during the Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation titled, “Taking South Texas Art to the World: Perspectives from Valley Artists,” featuring actor Valente Rodriguez, author David Rice and professional dancer Andrea Guajardo. The Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation will broadcast live at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 on Facebook Live.
The presentation, with museum CEO Francisco Guajardo as moderator, will discuss how Valley life, heritage and history shaped each artists’ worldview and became part of their professional and artistic works.
Valente Rodriguez graduated from Edcouch-Elsa High School and University of Texas – Pan American. He moved to Los Angeles in 1988 and is a well-established Hollywood actor. He has appeared in approximately 40 films, numerous television shows, and between 2002 and 2007 starred as “Ernie” in the acclaimed ABC sitcom “The George Lopez Show.”
David Rice grew up in Edcouch and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is author of “Give the Pig a Chance,” “Heart Shaped Cookies,” and the award-winning “Crazy Loco.” He is also author of numerous feature films and plays and claims South Texas and his Mexican American culture as sources of his artistic inspiration.
Andrea Guajardo is a 2009 graduate of Edinburg North High School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fordham/Ailey BFA program in New York City, danced professionally with Momix, and in 2017 founded Ballet Nepantla, a New York City professional dance company influenced by her life growing up along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The presentation will be streamed at facebook.com/MOSTHistory/live. Guests are encouraged to interact panelists with questions and comments posted on the live chat. The video will also be recorded and posted for public access on the Museum’s website at www.mosthistory.org.
This program is made possible by the generous support from the Carmen C. Guerra Endowment. Mrs. Guerra was committed to educational causes in the Rio Grande Valley. This named endowment was created by her family to honor her memory and to continue providing educational opportunities for the community.
About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located downtown Edinburg at 200 North Closner Boulevard on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 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 and Instagram, follow on Twitter, find on YouTube or call +1-956-383-6911.