I found myself in a conversation last night surrounding the state of artists in Austin. As the question of how to sustain a pool of strong artists and cultivate a larger collector base within Austin was directed at me, I responded jokingly (but actually I was serious) at first, “There are too many artists.”
Then seriously (seriously), “we need a residency program.”
A residency will bring the external and critical attention that will/can attract a synonymous support system to that of music and film. With that, Arthouse and its renovation plans came into the mix.
Wouldn’t you know, they held a press conference this afternoon.
Mayor Will Wynn hosted and introduced Arthouse, the Kleins, the Thorntons (in absentia?) and Arthouse Capital Campaign chair Stephen Jones. It was Mickey Klein who announced that after one year, Arthouse has already reached two-thirds of their campaign goal. Being so close to reaching their goal, Mickey & Jeanne Klein, Julie & John Thornton and an anonymous third party are announcing a challenge gift of $500K, 1:2 for new donations. They’re gonna match up to a $1 million.
How’s that for support?
But we’ve gotta do our part to make it happen.
There’s a lot of good happening in Austin. At the same time there is some negativity in the air. I guess it’s just impatience on the individual level because all I sees and hearz ’bout Austin organizations is support and growth.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.