Date(s) - 06/24/2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ARRIBA con Romeo Rodriguez, A Celebration of Life
June 24 | 4-8pm
Zocalo & Black Box
There will be live music to enjoy and remind us of him as we share stories with one another. The celebration will include an exhibit in the black cox theater of photos and his publications.
Romeo Rodriguez, the owner and editor of the Arriba Art and Business News publication in Austin since 1980, filled a void where he saw a gap – providing exposure and awareness of the activities within the Mexican American culture that were not being covered by the mainstream newspaper in Austin.
He was an early pioneer in publicizing information regarding the Chicano arts, culture, health and political issies via the Para la Gente Newspaper (started in 1978); then he began the Arriba Art and Business News that ran continuously until his untimely death in late March.
He was an inspiration and mentor to other Chicanos who expressed an interest in the field of journalism. He shared how to run the business and to develop as writers. He respected the art of being a writer.
The Arriba Art and Business News served as an avenue for Mexican American owned businesses to advertise themselves. Romeo also used this platform to inform, enlighten and educate the community about critical health issues – chronic disease, such as diabetes and heart issues.
The newspaper is a winner of the Austin Chronicle’s 1993 CRITIES >MEDIA Award for “Best Guide To Local Hispanic Culture & Politics” and the 1998 > CRITIES > MEDIA Award for “Best Community Newspaper, ” and this recognition made him very humble.
In all facets of his life, he demonstrated a generosity of spirit, coupled with great compassion.