Portraits project is part of the 'Reflections' public art installation
The City of Austin will recognize 2015 honorees who will be added to the African American Portraits Project during a reception 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, 912 E. 11th St.
The portraits project is part of the “Reflections” public art installation at the cultural center celebrating the contributions of African Americans who’ve had a lasting impact on the City of Austin.
"It is imperative that we recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans in our great city of Austin,” said Daryl Horton, Chairperson of the African American Resource Advisory Commission, which oversees the portrait profile selection process.
The “Reflections” mural, unveiled in March 2013, pays tribute to many important people, places and events in Austin’s African American community.
“It is through this mural project, at the African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, that we choose to tell our story for the world and future generations to embrace," Horton said.
Building upon that legacy, the African American Portraits Project annually celebrates contributions of additional civic leaders who have made a difference. Friday’s reception will include musical entertainment and participation by Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, Council Member Ora Houston, Assistant City Manager Anthony Snipes, Horton, and other community leaders.
About the Heritage Facility:
The African American Cultural and Heritage Facility was named after the State of Texas-designated African American Cultural Heritage District where it is located. The center adds to the area’s cultural significance by facilitating arts, business, cultural and entertainment programming.
This cultural institution benefits Austin, not only in terms of culture, diversity, resources, tourism and activities, but also economically by stimulating business and economic development. Learn more at www.austintexas.gov/HeritageFacility.