AUSTIN, TX – Austin’s Latino music community held a benefit concert to raise money for survivors and victims of the Uvalde school shooting.
“The solidarity and unity among Latino musicians to make this happen is very inspiring,” said Monica Maldonado, founder of Mas Cultura.
AustinThe Latin music community of has gathered in downtown Antone for a benefit event called Austin Con Uvalde.
“We really can’t do anything about what they’ve been through, but we can at least raise some money to ease their financial burden,” said Austin Con Uvalde musician Kiko Villamizar.
Villamizar was one of many lineup musicians to play at Austin Con Uvalde, but he also came up with the idea to host this event.
“You never know the crazy expenses you have when you lose someone like that beyond the funerals and the life changes people have to make,” he said.
He enlisted the help of Monica Maldonado, founder of Mas Cultura, to take the money raised and support Uvalde, which Maldonado has already done. His organization has already painted three murals in Uvalde to show support for the grieving community.
“While we were there painting the murals, several families brought their children. I was really surprised at how the kids love using the rollers and putting paint on them, and when one of the parents told me it was the first time they had seen their son smile since they left Robb [Elementary] that day, it really hit hard,” she said.
This event is one of the many ways the Austin community gives back to Uvalde, and Maldonado hopes it won’t be the last.
“We have access to more resources, our voices are stronger. I think it’s really important for Austin to support Uvalde,” she said.