Programs

Resistencia Books

Red Salmon Arts is home to Resistencia Bookstore, a neighborhood center for aspiring writers, providing quality literature to Austin communities since 1983. Specializing in indigenous, Native American, Chican@-Mexican@, Latin@, African American, queer, feminist, and children’s bilingual literature.

Save Our Youth

Red Salmon Arts sponsors literary projects like Save Our Youth (SOY), one of the first in Austin to work with youth correctional facilities. By emphasizing cultural knowledge and pride, SOY seeks to empower “hard to reach” young people and redirects their negative activities into positive and reactive outlets through participation in workshops, which often include resident and other authors and artists focusing on culture (including music), arts, and literacy. These workshops help participants build self-esteem and develop verbal/written communication and conflict resolution.

Café Libro

RSA boasts the longest running literary venue in the city of Austin. Continuing the multi-decade tradition of open-mike series such as the Eastside/Southside Poetic Action and Canto Libre, Café Libro provides a forum for emerging and established proponents of spoken word. These readings feature talented writers ranging in ages from 9 to 80. Café Libro offers local writers/artists an opportunity to build self-confidence and performance skills by presenting their work to the communities of Austin.

Red Salmon Press

An editorial collective founded in 1983, Red Salmon Press is dedicated to the retrieval of a people’s literary heritage and the development of emerging young writers/readers. It publishes and distributes community newsletters, neighborhood newspapers, and informational leaflets such as Crazy Horse Spirit for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and Native Voice for the Leonard Peltier Support Group. Red Salmon Press has published for SOY “chapbooks,” and several literary collections including From the Heart by Linda Reyes, East of the Freeway by raúlrsalinas, and Nile & Other Poems by Teresa Palomo Acosta. Most recently, Red Salmon along with San Diego based Calaca Press produced a CD of Salinas’ poetic work entitled Los Many Mundos of raúlrsalinas.

Cine Resistencia

A Summer Film Series showcasing the work of nascent and veteran filmmakers, media makers, producers, and directors that highlights Chican@/Latin@/Native American-centered documentaries, shorts, features, and works-in-progress. Learn more.

Native Roots

The only Fall and Spring Open-Mic Series in Austin, which priorities and features performances by indigenous/Native Americans poets, artists, authors, writers, singers, and musicians in an alcohol-free, family-friendly environment.