The colorful Mexic-Arte Museum (419 Congress Ave., 512/480-9373, www.mexic-artemuseum.org , 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Sat., $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and students, $1 children under 12) provides much-needed cultural diversity in Austin’s  largely monochromatic downtown. Nearly a third of the city’s population is Hispanic, but you wouldn’t know it based on the Congress Avenue scene.
The Mexic-Arte Museum, positioned on a prime piece of downtown real estate at Fourth and Congress, features traditional and contemporary Latin-American painting and sculpture, most of it focusing on social aspects of Latino life.
The museum also includes a back room dedicated to emerging local artists, who benefit from having a progressive venue for exhibiting their otherwise-overlooked talent.