Holy shit. I’ve been busy at work and I haven’t been able to finish this post. So here’s the beginning so you know about the upcoming deadlines. Then I’ll finish my CreateAustin suggestions at ease.
- Create Austin Task Force Strategy Suggestions deadline: Jun 22
- Radical Nautical deadline: Jun 27
- WTW call for entries postmark deadline: Jul 20
- AMOA call for entries deadline: Jul 15
- Self portraits for an Austin Figurative Gallery show. Deadline: Aug 31
After reading the scope of each Taskforce, I have come up with some suggestions for CreateAustin.
- For the Communications & Collaborative Ventures taskforce –
At that initial meeting I attended back in December people called for a citywide arts website. I don’t remember how, but I stumbled upon this portal for Houston’s culture and arts community: spacetaker.org
- For Built Environment and Creativity and Learning taskforces –
I must push Mel Ziegler’s idea as revealed through my interview of him for the Austin Chronicle. Rebuild the DAC!
- For the Creativity and Learning taskforce –
Where is the support for the most pivotal age bracket? The class selections at both the DAC and Laguna Gloria shy away from classes for Teens. Totally Cool Totally Art is a step in the right direction, but a more rigorous and post-secondary options are needed to mold intelligent, creative leaders. Something like the Marwen Foundation. There are plenty of organizations to collaborate with on this: Americorps, CIS, AYW, Lifeworks, TNOYS.
- For Built Environment and Support for Individual Creativity taskforces –
Creative housing. I started thinking about this while back in school. I’d hear lots of complaints about not being able to work at home due to lack of space. What would student housing geared specifically for art students look like? Large, shared studio space with efficiency type rooms attached. Industrial sinks and proper hazardous material disposal.
I’ve been in Austin awhile and I remember the opening of the Metropolis apartments in the east Riverside region was a hyped up event. Imagine something similar happening today. A housing complex taking our digital lives to the next level. Wired offices for designers, developers and other creative entrepreneurs. Like virtual offices, but closer to home.
- Although not fully imagined scenarios, for Cultural Infrastructure taskforce –
Getting the high-tech to finally play with the creatives running around town. Animators, designers, web developers all mix and match art and technology. Lets see, we have Dell, Samsung, AMD, National Instruments, Microsoft, Apple, and rumors of Google coming to town. Surely some of them can find something they enjoy with AMODA or Fusebox? Right?
- Another partial suggestion, for Financial Resources taskforce –
Travel grants and/or well funded residencies.
Well, whadayaknow? Looks like the deadline got extended at some point between when I started this post on Sunday and when I finished it right now on Friday (actually its eight minutes into Saturday). New deadline is the 22nd. Feel free to poke holes at my thoughts or extend them. But make sure you submit your strategies.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.