Tag Archives: Cultural Arts Division

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 8, 2018 by Ryan Thornton

City grants crucial funding to arts organizations

Austin’s art advocates are breathing a little easier since Thursday afternoon, when City Council approved a resolution to award crucial funds to eligible arts organizations for Fiscal Year 2018-19.A total of $8,602,688 will be distributed among the organizations listed here.The…

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Cuts to arts groups brings call for changes to funding mechanism

Local arts groups facing dramatic cuts in their funding levels from the city could get some relief this budget year, and possibly an earlier heads-up in future budget years if their funding allocations appear headed for a decrease.The city’s Arts…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Arts space assistance doubles in new budget, but is it enough?

The city has revived the Arts Space Assistance Program that was created in 2017 and received overwhelming demand from local arts groups facing a loss of space, but was discontinued in the current budget due to lack of funding.The Fiscal…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Bloomberg awards let arts groups focus on growth, and affordability

More than two dozen small and mid-sized arts organizations in Austin have been awarded two-year grants totaling more than $1 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies foundation, with the promise of comprehensive training and other tools to help in their future…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Memo points toward cultural trust to save arts spaces

It appears City Council will move ahead with the creation of a cultural land trust and an economic development corporation in the coming months, both attempts to combat the rising cost of real estate for residents and local artists.A new…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City exploring solutions for creative spaces crisis

The city is looking at a variety of strategies for assisting creative businesses and nonprofit organizations that are increasingly being priced out of theaters and other spaces due to Austin’s fast-rising cost of living. At its Thursday meeting, City Council…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City looks to retain arts and culture amid growth

A pair of reports from the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department give city leaders perhaps the clearest road map yet for how to preserve and create artistic and cultural clusters that many worry are threatened by rapid…

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…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Flexibility, affordability top CodeNEXT concerns for creatives

Ambitions for flexible arts spaces, affordable living options and improved transit options are some of the common themes among artists and their supporters considering how they want CodeNEXT to reshape the city’s growth.Those viewpoints were among the dozens offered Wednesday…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

As rents push artists out, city seeks alternative space in houses of worship

In recent years, Austin’s creative community has been feeling the brunt of the city’s affordability crisis. As rents continue to rise, many artists have moved away, and studios and galleries have closed their doors.Now, the city is looking to provide…

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