“Awesome!That would be helpful,” says Program and Events Manager Sara Rucker of Texas Folklife’s staff.She’s fielding last minute calls from friends asking about last minute contributions to help reach today’s fundraising goal of $6,000 through Amplify Austin’s 24-hour giving marathon.
Today I ventured to Ben’s Little Mexico “Legendary Mexican Cuisine”, a family-run restaurant that first opened its doors in 1947. I could tell the complimentary red salsa served with tortilla chips was made with fresh peppers, and its soupy character was matched with a nice bold, zesty taste. I ordered three beef enchiladas with “ccq sauce”.
Iliana Vasquez is a student at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a first-year graduate student at the UT Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS). Prior to attending UT, she was a Mexican American Studies (MAS) undergraduate at the University of Texas-Pan American. She will be serving as a Program Intern this Spring and will be assisting with this year’s Big Squeeze program.
Jonathan Cronin is a senior at Texas State University and will earn his Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology in May 2014. With all other coursework completed, Jonathan is excited to be serving as a Program & Events intern for Texas Folklife this Spring.
Gracia Manzanares-Torres is a rising junior at Williams College where she is majoring in English Literature and minoring in Latino/a Studies. During her junior year at LBJ High School, Gracia was part of the program Stories from Deep in The Heart along with two of her peers. She worked on an audio story that dealt with her parents' immigration story and the cultural changes that they experienced in leaving San Luis Potosi, Mexico and coming to Texas.