They may be in Austin but they're from El Paso.
Five El Pasoans living in Austin will be recognized Thursday for their contributions to art, public administration and business. They will receive the Trailblazer Award from the El Paso Social Network in Austin at a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 at Pour House, 6701 Burnet Road in Austin.
The award winners are:
•Federico Archuleta, a graffiti artist who displays artwork throughout Austin. His art has been shown at Mexic-Arte Museum, the former Tower Records building, Cheapo Disks, The Hole in the Wall, Santa Rita Tex-Mex Cantina, Tesoros Trading Company and Green & White Grocery.
•Martha Cotera, a librarian, writer, and activist of both the Chicano Civil Rights Movement
and the Chicana Feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
•Marcos Canchola, who owns several businesses such as the Pour House, Benders, Barflys, the Hideout, Mugshots and the Violet Crown Social Club.
•Chris Kennedy, a public and private sector executive and chair-elect of Leadership Austin. He is also a board member of the Trail Foundation.
•Pilar Sanchez, executive at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. She is the past chair of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Economic Growth Business Incubator