Come to Watermark on Saturday, March 23 at to hear Minneapolis artist Xilam Balam Ybarra share about the role of the flute in traditional Mayan culture.

Ybarra is one of the artists currently featured in Watermark’s exhibit, Madwewe – It Is Heard. This exhibit focuses on the ways in which we hear culture – through songs, words, sounds and more. Ybarra has multiple handcrafted clay flutes in the exhibit.

On March 23 at 11 a.m., Ybarra and his wife, Rebekah, will introduce the flutes in a traditional manner and share about their significance in the Mayan culture. The presentation will involve both discussion and playing of the flutes. Following this, Ybarra will do a demonstration on how to make traditional clay flutes.

Please note: This event was previously published for March 1, but was rescheduled due to weather concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Xilam Balam Ybarra (b. San Antonio, Texas) is an emerging interdisciplinary contemporary visual artist and music producer whose work is a fusion of Pre-Columbian Indigenous art forms and contemporary hip-hop and graphic arts. He is a 2018 Mcknight Ceramics Fellow. He works in a variety of mediums including music, ceramics, painting, screenprinting, stone carving, and epigraphy. Ybarra has performed across the country and in Mexico, producing, exhibiting and teaching locally. He is a co-founder of Electric Machete Studios, a Latinx art & music production house.