As part of our launch event, Neta is hosting its first ever Reclama Awards. The awards will be a recognition of individuals and groups from the Rio Grande Valley who are using any form of art or storytelling to challenge mainstream narratives about our borderland and amplify our voices.

These awards are part of Neta’s core mission for Rio Grande Valley residents to tell their own stories, not to be told by others to be used as a stand-in for their own political and private interests. All the of the recipients are from or live in the Rio Grande Valley.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 30 at 8 PM at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen, Texas. You can get your tickets at netargv.com/party.

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Here are this year’s Reclama Award recipients.

Celeste De Luna

Recognized for her art that unapologetically represents our culture on the border and her exhibit Tragic/Magic Valley

Noemi Martinez

Recognized for her work on Hermana Resist and her novel, South Texas Love Letters

BAM (Brownsville artists and musicians)

Recognized for the collective’s work on celebrating Valley art, music, and culture and offering a physical space.

We are also recognizing four additional individuals and groups for their work in storytelling and art. Here are this year’s Game Changer Recognition awardees.

RAIX

Recognized for publishing zines that address social issues on gender, sexuality, abortion, and reproductive justice

Rice, Beans, and Revolution

Recognized for uplifting the punk rock scene in the Rio Grande Valley through their podcast

Jamie Berrout

Recognized for her writing on being a trans Mexican woman from the border and her novel, Otros Valles

Get your tickets to attend our launch party // Reclama Awards at netargv.com/party. Use the code neta to get 50 percent off any general supporter ticket!