Mariachi master and UT Alumni, Zeke Castro helped launch the first mariachi music classes in Austin in 1980. He has inspired generations of students and leads MariachiParedes, the mariachi ensemble at Butler School of Music.
The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS), a collaboration between the Department of Art and Art History and the Blanton Museum of Art, is a focal point at the University of Texas for the advanced understanding of modern and contemporary art between the Americas. As a conversational space for the creation of knowledge, its aim is to build bridges that allow the exchange of ideas, resources, and methods with other institutes in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. The goal of this initiative is to serve as a platform for horizontal exchanges with other centers in Latin America and other parts of the world. With resources that make it unique in the international context, CLAVIS brings together the excellence of campus-wide scholars, museum and library professionals, associated faculty, and comprehensive collections, to outline a complex vision today of Latino / American art and its evolving modernity.