I have work holding my attention right now. I’ll take care of things here over the weekend.
In the mean time, there’s a meeting early this Saturday that you
may want to must attend.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.
Check out this article and this email I received:
Dear arts and culture community members and advocates,I strongly urge you to get involved and give input into the Downtown Plan.
In reading the 100+ page document, there is really only one page addressing culture downtown. I don’t think the draft adequately addressed some of the cultural needs and concerns that should at least be in the body of the document so that all of us can assure there is priority given to developing cultural priorities and public art for downtown going forward.
There is a town hall meeting on Saturday from 9-Noon at the Convention Center and I HIGHLY recommend you attend so that arts culture and creativity can be built into this plan. This document will be an important tool for the City and we cannot be left out.
The focus group on music, arts and culture involved very few key arts people. Megan Crigger and Janet Seibert on my staff attended as well as eight representatives of live music. The conversation was focused primarily on live music.
We will continue to work with them to discuss arts, culture and creativity but we cannot afford to miss this town hall meeting.
To download the draft report go to
Culture is mentioned under economic viability: Arts and culture (minus live music) really only appears on page 68,
With all the visioning, planning and participation we have all had with CreateAustin and all our other initiatives, this seems like an important opportunity to voice our concerns.
Vincent E. Kitch
Cultural Arts Program Manager
City of Austin
Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office