The Arts in Austin

Thursday, March 31st noon – 1:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the Drawing Lines district projects as we discuss their explorations of place, culture, and diversity in the 10 new city districts.  We’ll be joined by project partner Janet Seibert from Austin’s Cultural Arts Division to also learn more about what the City of Austin is doing to support the arts throughout the city, and learn about the upcoming Cultural Asset Mapping project. 

Lynn Osgood from GO collaborative is a researcher and urban planner whose work explores the intersection of public space, community engagement, and the arts. She currently directs the Drawing Lines project.  At GO collaborative she leads the firms research and planning projects including the creation of the Exploring Our Town website for the National Endowment of the Arts which features over 70 case studies from across the United States on creative placemaking projects that bring artists to the center of city development processes.

Janet Seibert, is the Civic Arts Program Consultant for the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department. She is currently leading the City’s Cultural Asset Mapping Project, creative space development (identifying needs, inventorying, conducting studies, and creating new policy), as well as developing place-based strategies using the arts for economic development, and urban and neighborhood regeneration.

 

Arts-based Community Engagement

Friday, April 1st noon – 1:00 pm

What does it mean to engage the public through the arts?  How can the arts help us to understand our city?  What new perspectives do the arts bring to our conversations? And how can they foster different ways of knowing our issues, and our opportunities?  Join Ashley Philips from Leadership Austin, Diane Miller from Civic Collaboration, Tracy Del Bianco from the Annette Strauss Leadership Institute, and Drawing Lines project director Lynn Osgood, for an conversation about the Drawing Lines district art projects and the ways in which the artists engaged different communities throughout the city.

Ashley Philips, is the Programs Manager at Leadership Austin where she has been responsible for facilitating, managing and designing curriculum for the Essential, Experience Austin and Equip programs for the past 4 years. Before coming to Leadership Austin, Ashley worked with the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley in California where she led multiple community initiatives and youth programming around race and gender equity in the city of Pasadena.

Diane Miller from Civic Collaboration- Diane Miller specializes in the design, facilitation and implementation of projects that help diverse groups of people work together to achieve exceptional results. As principal of Civic Collaboration, Diane focuses on process, relationships and outcomes. She is a skilled public engagement processional, communicator, and facilitator who understands how to bring together the necessary components of a civic change initiative and to help individuals and groups build the capacity for effective action in ways that can be sustained and replicated.

Tracy Del Bianco is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and a Masters of Public Affairs candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.  Before school, Tracy worked for a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit aimed at helping the uninsured and underinsured obtain health insurance and on numerous political campaigns.  At the Institute, Tracy is the project manager for The Lowell Lebermann Project, which seeks to shed light on what it means to be an active and engaged citizen in the community.

Lynn Osgood from GO collaborative is a researcher and urban planner whose work explores the intersection of public space, community engagement, and the arts. She currently directs the Drawing Lines project.  At GO collaborative she leads the firms research and planning projects including the creation of the Exploring Our Town website for the National Endowment of the Arts which features over 70 case studies from across the United States on creative placemaking projects that bring artists to the center of city development processes.

 

History in the Making

Friday, April 1st 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Kick off the Final Exhibit Opening Night with an engaging talk by local historian Dr. Fred McGhee.  Dr. McGhee will discuss the larger political context of the Drawing Lines project and tell the story of the political changes that lead up to the historic day on November 6, 2012 when city residents voted to change from at at-large system of local government to a geographically specific form of government.  Dr. McGhee will explore the dynamics that lead to the historic changes, and discuss how the story plays into Austin’s larger history as a growing city.  We’ll then take a walk around the gallery and look at each of the district artworks through the lens of Austin’s local history.

Dr. Fred McGhee is an historical archaeologist and urban and environmental anthropologist. One of the leading scholars of the African Diaspora in the United States, he is founder and president of Fred L. McGhee & Associates, the only Black and Disabled Veteran owned and operated consulting company of its kind in the United States. He is the author of numerous publications on diverse subjects such as slave ship archaeology, Afro-Texas history, modernist architecture, residential energy efficiency, language acquisition, Black American Sign Language, German colonialism, the African Diaspora in Hawai’i and the Pacific, public housing history and architecture, and other topics. Dr. McGhee served on the 2012 Charter Review Committee that produced recommendations for a new city council based on single-member districts and was a 2014 candidate for the Austin City Council for District 3.