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Year in review: We look back at some important Latino cultural moments

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Sisters Julia Pierce, 14, and Isabel Pierce, 11, hold hands as they and a group of young Latina women wearing traditional quinceañera dresses prepare for a protest outside the Capitol in July. AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin’s Latino cultural arts scene ebbed and flowed this year with the end of chapters and beginning of new ones.

The music community community mourned the loss of 24-year-old rising accordionist Anthony Ortiz Jr, who died in the summer after a 10-month battle with cancer. And a bit of old Austin disappeared with the closing of El Gallo restaurant after 60 years on South Congress.

As we look back at 2017, Cultura en Austin writer Nancy Flores shares some moments that inspired or taught her something about Austin’s vibrant Latino community in a story on our premium website.