Courtesy of the National Institute of Mexican American History of Civil Rights

Have you heard that Mexican American civil rights trailblazer Jovita Idár will be featured on a new US quarter?!?! That’s right, Jovita Idár, the journalist, nurse, educator, and feminist who lived in San Antonio, Texas, will be the first Tejana featured on a US coin! The quarter will be officially launched in San Antonio in September, and MACRI is excited to partner with several other organizations around town to bring you Jovita Idár inspired events. Save the dates for these exciting gatherings, and more information will be released soon!

Friday, September 15, 2023

Save the date for a celebratory kick-off and community paint day for a new mural illustrating Jovita Idár’s remarkable life created by San Anto Cultural Arts at the Dress for Success San Antonio headquarters located at the corner of Frio and Robert B. Green Way (formerly Perez Street) – right on the block where Jovita once lived. Preview the mural design & enjoy music, paletas, y más.

September 16, 2023

Our annual symposium will look a bit different this year as we zoom in on the life and legacy of Jovita Idár.

This day-long symposium will feature panels of experts exploring Jovita’s impact on journalism, education, and how we understand the history of the Texas-Mexican border.

The symposium will be free to the public with advance registration – more information on how to register is coming soon!

Sponsorships are available! Email

September 17, 2023

Save the date for a Fiestas Patrias party at Market Square dedicated to Jovita Idár!

This celebration for the launch of the new Jovita Idár quarter will include kids’ activities created by the Smithsonian Institute inside Centro de Artes, and music and dance at the outdoor stage featuring the debut of a folklórico dance inspired by Jovita Idár’s life created by the Guadalupe Dance Company.