Transit Adventures

April 3, 9 & 10 (various times)
Meet at 323 Congress Avenue

Please RSVP to Jordan.Smith@capmetro.org - Seating on the tours is limited

Join us as we adventure into each of the districts experiencing them through the artists' process. As critical civic infrastructure that connects each district to form Austin’s city-wide public transportation network, Capital Metro in partnership with Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place, co-curated public transit adventures consisting of excursions to various locations of the city’s ten districts (as selected by the artists working in those districts) during the exhibition. 

"We’re pleased to be able to partner with Drawing Lines through these tours to help showcase our local artists’ work and the neighborhoods that inspire them."
- Capital Metro President/CEO Linda Watson

It became clear as the artists began to explore each of the districts that introducing Austinites, old and new, to unfamiliar locations around the city and creating a way to experience these new locations could prove critical to understanding different communities that make Austin the city it is today. 

Sunday April 3- by bus
Noon - 3:30 p.m. 

 District 9

Starting with District 9, artist Jack Sanders designed and built a large geodesic ball made with carefully constructed scaffolding materials to explore the ever-growing event economy of Austin and its connection to our quickly changing city. Sanders will be available to discuss his work installed at the Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place exhibition.

District 2

Next we'll view Deborah S. Esquenazi’s documentary “Goodbye Home” and Carrie Kenny’s The Portraits Series while at the exhibit space. From there the group will board a Capital Metro bus headed southeast to visit Glowworm Circle seeing firsthand the devastation of floods that ravaged the area in 2013. Alexandra Landeros and Katherine Nicely from Council Member Delia Garza’s office with join us for the tour. 

District 5

From District 2, we'll stay south and venture west to District 5. Artist Sonya Cote commemorated the lost 25 houses in the district by building a 25-foot long communal table from wood salvaged from the Bastrop fires in 2011. Meet Frankie Hefley and Terry Southwell, the stewards of the Cherry Creek Community Garden, to learn first hand how the community garden came about and what this project has meant to them.

District 8

From there the tour will stop by The Natural Gardener, Austin’s iconic organic gardening headquarters, where artists Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas donated $3,333.33 worth of plants to the community for their Drawing Lines project. We’ll hear from The Natural Gardener team about the organic gardening movement they helped create and District 8’s role in inspiring the cause. From there, the group will return to the McKean-Eilers Building.

 

Saturday April 9- by Bike and Rail

by bike-- 3:30 pm // by rail-- 4:30-7 p.m.

The group will meet at the Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place exhibit at the historic McKean-Eilers Building, 323 Congress Ave.

by bike

District 3

District 3 is home to Grammy award winning musician and visual artist Adrian Quesada. Quesada was inspired by the creative energy of the district, the multiple generations living and creating here and the constant presence of its green space during times of rapid densification. We'll view his piece Windows a multi-media installation of music, video and photography 

The group will hop on complimentary B Cycles and take off on a guided bike tour around East Austin’s green spaces finishing at Plaza Saltillo.   

by rail

The Rail Trip begins at Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St. Before boarding the train, the group will hear from Gerardo Castillo of Capital Metro about the recently approved transit-oriented development happening in the area. From there, the group will board the train heading north at 4:44 pm traveling through multiple districts.

District 6

Inspired by the desire to democratize the prominently suburban architecture in District 6 and interested in exploring the innovation and technology being developed in the district, artist Josef Kristofoletti and the UT Robotics and Automation Society will hop on board the train as we head north. The train will stop at Lakeline Station. Attendees will de-board to check out the station, a modern day oasis in Austin’s Northwestern most district, and a demonstration of the mural painting robot developed for Drawing Lines.

Attendees are welcome to head south with the group at 5:56 pm but are free to disembark at any of the stations or leave the tour at Lakeline Station.

Sunday April 10- By Bus

Noon - 3:00 p.m.

The group will meet at the Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place exhibit at the historic McKean-Eilers Building, 323 Congress Ave.

District 1

The group will take a Capital Metro bus to visit the John Yancey mosaic at Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza, East 11th and Waller. From there, we’ll head to Cement Loop, an east Austin hub with artist studios and coworking space with curatorial collective Los Outsiders who created the piece for District 1.  

District 4

The tour will head north to visit the Rundberg neighborhood and the Gus Garcia Recreation Center, where artist Zell Miller III arranged a district Poetry Reading this past fall. Mr. Miller will discuss his experiences with his Drawing Lines work and share his perspective as a kid growing up in the district.

District 7

The tour will visit Beverly Sheffield Park in Northwest Austin, the site of artist Teruko Nimura’s Lighting Ceremony for her art piece using origami called Wish Lanterns. Teruko will talk about her inspirations for the project and what she learned about the hopes and wishes of the District 7 community.

District 10

Before heading back downtown, the tour will stop by The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria to experience one of artist Steve Parker’s sound collections. The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria is one of Austin’s oldest art venues, hosting sculptures by internationally artists throughout its lakeside acreage. The bus will return to 323 Congress Avenue. 

If interested in attending the closing dinner The Story of a Table, click here to learn more and purchase tickets.  

 

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