Tag Archives: Arts Commission

Thursday, July 15, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

City opens $2M grant program to assist creative sector nonprofits

The city has spun up another emergency relief program for arts organizations, with $2 million in federal aid available for nonprofit groups connected to local arts and cultural communities. The Arts & Culture Non-Profit Relief Grant will provide 100 grants…

Friday, April 30, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

EDC eyes push to make more city properties available for music, arts uses

The city’s new economic development corporation will make a push this summer to identify city properties that could be repurposed into music venues or creative spaces, and has started to assemble the financial models for creating two arts spaces in…

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City lays out diversity goals in next round of arts, tourism funding

Groups that have been historically overlooked and underrepresented in the city’s cultural community will have priority in the Economic Development Department’s spending for cultural and tourism programs in the next budget year. During an online meeting held last Saturday, the…

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Commission sends back public art guidelines

The city’s Art in Public Places guidelines are being revised this year for improved legibility, formatting and a stronger focus on equity. They have not been updated since 2004 and most of the changes are uncontroversial, but the Arts Commission…

Monday, September 14, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Economic Development Department outlines plans for $12M creative space bond, creation of Austin EDC

The Economic Development Department outlined its plan for a $12 million creative space bond and a city-owned economic development corporation that could help it along at a joint meeting of the arts and music commissions Friday. The city launched a request…

Thursday, September 3, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts, Music Commission meeting aims to multiply $12M creative space bond

A joint meeting of the arts and music commissions expected to take place Sept. 11 could help multiply the dollar value of the city’s creative space bond using a new development entity. The date for the meeting hasn’t been set,…

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City moving forward with plans for $12M to acquire space for artists, musicians

This week City Council is expected to consider an agreement with the Texas Facilities Commission that will begin the process of acquiring creative spaces around the city using a $12 million bond approved in 2018. The interlocal agreement would approve…

Monday, June 29, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission shifts deepest funding cuts away from minority groups

Racial minority groups will be spared the deepest cuts in Cultural Arts contract funding in the next budget, if the recent recommendation of the Arts Commission is supported by City Council. On Friday the commission approved a funding matrix for…

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission to decide on next year’s funding, with deep cuts for all

Arts groups that have received contracts from the city’s Cultural Arts office in recent years will likely see significant decreases next year, with some groups in line to lose more than half of the funding they received in their most…

Friday, June 19, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Arts Commission endorses letter requesting $5M in economic relief for art nonprofits

The Austin Arts Commission voted in support of a letter from various creative sector organizations asking City Council to budget $5 million in Covid-19 disaster relief for arts-based nonprofits. The city has allocated $6.35 million in disaster relief funds to…

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Hotel taxes forecast to fall by $36M, leading to expected deficit in city arts funding

With the city projecting a $36 million decrease in Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue because of lower hotel bookings due to the Covid-19 pandemic, arts funding for the current budget year is expected to see a $1.5 million shortfall. The Arts…

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City braces for cuts to cultural arts funding, citing likely drastic hotel tax drop

The city has advised local artists and cultural contractors to hold off on submitting proposals for the next cycle of Cultural Arts project funding because of a likely drastic cut in arts money due to the impact of the Covid-19…

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission renews concerns over new assistance for creative spaces

Members of the Arts Commission have stepped up their criticism of the Music and Entertainment Division and its handling of the Creative Space Assistance Program that recently announced grants totaling just over $750,000 to 26 arts and music groups around…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts, music groups target underserved communities with $12M for creative spaces

The first draft of guidelines for how the city will allocate $12 million in bond money for creative spaces shows that priority will be given to historically underserved communities and groups that have a track record of working with marginalized…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts Commission shares concerns amid increased creative space funding

The city’s expanded program to assist local creative spaces with rent and capital expenses came under criticism from members of the Arts Commission last week. During a presentation on the recommended recipients of the Creative Space Assistance Program, commission members…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Survey says spend creative spaces money throughout East Austin

More than 600 respondents to a recent survey have weighed in to push for the city to use $12 million in bond money to create multiple performance centers for arts and music uses in East Austin. Initial results of the…

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Groups eyeing $12M for creative spaces learn ‘process is complicated’

Organizations with designs on how best to use the $12 million the city has pledged to preserve creative spaces will likely have to clear a complicated set of legal requirements before any of the money is released this fall. That…

Monday, November 19, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

With $12M for creative spaces, arts/music group starts shaping allocation process

With $12 million for acquisition of creative space approved by voters earlier this month, members of the city’s music and arts commissions will spend the rest of November generating ideas for how to best use the money for saving and…

Monday, October 1, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

With cuts reduced, arts groups push city to reshape future funding

The city’s Arts Commission has asked City Council to allocate more than $1 million in extra money to arts organizations recently informed they were facing sharp cuts in their funding from the city’s Cultural Arts Division. At last Monday’s special…

Monday, October 1, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Places and names

What do you say… The Austin street with the most confounding, or at least distinctively quirky, pronunciation could be headed for a name change. A public hearing scheduled for Thursday’s City Council meeting will focus on a request to rename…

Back to Top