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Thursday, January 25, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Land trust and incentives for arts appear headed for Council

The creation of a land trust – a potential first for the city – is one of the tools City Council will consider next month in an attempt to keep artists and musicians from getting priced out of Austin. Council…

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Kitchen to take up city efforts to preserve music, arts venues

Council Member Ann Kitchen has started work on a resolution that will direct city staff to examine ways for the city to step up and help prevent music venues, small community theaters and other creative spaces from being priced out…

Friday, September 22, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s creative culture holds weight in economic incentives revision

In response to City Council direction in March, Austin’s Economic Development Department has spent the better part of the year meeting with specific groups in the community that have a stake in how the city approaches policies such as business…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

After a successful first year, the Art Space Assistance Program will not continue

The Art Space Assistance Program that is aimed at assisting creative-focused nonprofits facing permanent displacement, those previously displaced, or those facing lease renewals at substantially higher rates did not receive funding from City Council for 2018.Council approved $200,000 of General…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Imposing owls may soon nest near Butterfly Bridge

You may soon notice two pairs of orange, warm glowing orbs peeking over the new Butterfly Bridge downtown after it is complete, at least if the Arts Commission approves two gigantic owls to greet Austinites and tourists.The New American Public…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts Commission encourages artist collaboration to save funding

The Arts Commission is encouraging collaboration among Austin artists not only for a sense of community but also to safeguard its cultural arts funding process.Commissioner Richard “Bears” Fonte said artists have double-dipped in the cultural arts fund by splitting into separate…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts groups line up for city venue assistance funds

It appears competition will be thick among local arts groups looking to get a piece of the $200,000 the city has made available to keep those groups from being priced out of the studios and other buildings they call home.The…

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music omnibus advances as venues await agent of change, licensing moves

The city is touring its early progress in enacting pieces of the Music & Creative Ecosystem Omnibus, a slate of actions designed to protect Austin creatives and venues from further eroding under development pressure. Presentations to the city’s Arts and…

Friday, April 29, 2016 by Jack Craver

Can the city save Austin’s arts and music scenes?

Scores of musicians, artists and patrons of the creative economy filled a room at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre on Tuesday to share their thoughts on how the city can better support the arts.The occasion was a joint meeting of…

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Zimmerman appointments given a rough ride

Following their rejection of two of Council Member Don Zimmerman’s nominees to city commissions, City Council members narrowly approved his appointment to the Historic Landmark Commission Thursday.However, they did not have to go through the painful process of removing Zimmerman’s…

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

For Council, Art is a $3 million word

Prompted by about $3.1 million worth of art-related contracts on today’s meeting agenda, City Council had a far-reaching discussion about art, spending and the local economy on Tuesday.Council Member Don Zimmerman referred to $3 million in contracts that would go…

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