Sylvia Orozco, artist, curator, and administrator, is the major founder and current director of Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. Likewise, she has been involved in community, civic and local organizations. Mexic-Arte Museum is her major contribution to the community. Mexic-Arte Museum is one of the most important museums in the country and one of the premiere Latino museums in the nation. Orozco has served as Executive Director since 1984. Through her vi-sion, leadership, and execution she obtained the approval of a $20 million bond election for a renovated museum facility.
Orozco has played a major role in tying Austin to the international community and especial-ly that of Mexico. In 2007 the Mexican government awarded her the prestigious Ohtli Award, an award given to those who have promoted the prosperity of Mexican communities abroad.
She has also brought major collections and major exhibits to Austin. She lead the effort to recognize the 5th St. Mexican American Heritage Corridor.
Over the years, Austin City Council has appointed Sylvia to the Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board, the Austin Leadership Council, Cultural Infrastructure Task Force Member, and City of Austin Arts Plan Task Force and the Hispanic Quality of Life Task Force.
Mexic-Arte Museum's Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sylvia Orozco, was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board (NMLSB) in 2016.