Cultural arts center celebrating 25th birthday

SAN BENITO — The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center is kicking off 2016 with a birthday celebration and fundraiser Saturday.

The center, founded in 1991, is entering its 25th year of programming. Casa De Proyecto Libertad, founded in 1981, celebrates 35 years of legal services, community organizing and advocacy for immigrant families in the Rio Grande Valley.

During the event, there also will be a special preview of internationally-acclaimed and Austin-based photojournalist Allan Pogue’s photo exhibit, “Texas Farmworkers Valley March 1975 and Muleshoe to Austin 1979.”

For 40 years, Pogue has been documenting the everyday life of marginalized communities. His first body of work resulted from living and marching with Texas migrant farmworkers as they struggled for better working conditions in an often dangerous environment.

On display will be 20 framed 12 by 16 black and white photos from the two marches, 1975 from the Valley and 1979 from Muleshoe.

The photos express the toil and determination felt by an overlooked segment of Texas society.

Food and music will be provided at the event.

If you go

WHO: The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center

WHAT: Birthday Celebration/Fundraiser and Photo Exhibit

WHEN: Saturday at 5 p.m.

WHERE: 225 E. Stenger Street, San Benito

COST: $20 per person

If you cannot attend but still want to donate, send checks to:

* Casa De Proyecto Libertad

113 N. 1st Street Harlingen, TX, 78550


* Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center

P.O. Box 471

San Benito, TX, 78586