Arts in Context

Songstress Gina Chavez on embracing her inner Latina and giving a voice to those in need

Gina Chavez on embracing her Latin roots and crafting a unique sound

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context Shorts. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

The latest episode of KLRU’s Arts in Context Shorts features Gina Chavez, recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from local music nonprofit Black Fret. Chavez uses her talent for the benefit of others. "I want to be an instrument for other people," says Chavez. "I want to tell other peoples’ stories. Especially people who don’t have a microphone."

She celebrates her Latina roots by delving into cumbia and bossa nova and singing in both English and Spanish. Chavez describes it as folk music with a Latin sound. "I’m not Latina in many senses but I have such a desire to be a Latina — a desire to fit in," she says.

Beginning in December, Chavez will be performing every weekend in Austin. For tour dates, music and information on the Nina Arriba scholarship fund, visit

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Gina Chavez
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