The History, Arts and Nature programs of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department give voice to Austin's imagination, abundant nature and colorful past. Visit our museums, cultural centers, art markets, nature centers and outdoor theater for a memorable glimpse of what makes Austin unique.
DATE NIGHT @ THE DAC: aGLIFF PRESENTS
8/22, 7 - 9 PM | DAC
The DAC, in coordination with aGLIFF (All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival) is proud to host a special pre festival screening of legendary Austin director Yen Tan’s “Pit Stop”, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Meet Mr. Tan and the stars of the film and enjoy a pre-show event with food and drinks!
Black Texas Gospel: An Exhibition
7/7 - 10/27, Normal Business Hours | GWC
Through the biographies of singers like Elmer Akins, Chester Baldwin, Claudia Williams and Evelyn Franklin this exhibition honors the rich history of distinctly African American and Texan gospel singers who raised their voices in praise.
Dimitri Gudgenov & Walker Winn Color & Memory, Surface & Substance
7/21 - 8/18, Normal Business Hours |DAC
Gudgenov’s abstract sculptures explore the tension between synthetically produced forms and are paired with Winn’s gridded color sequences that mysteriously conjure memories. Reception: Wednesday, July 25, 7 - 9 PM Artist Talk: Wednesday, August 8, 7 PM.
Black Women: Achievement Against The Odds
8/2 - 10/4, Normal Business Hours | GWC
Created by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in the 1980s, this exhibition celebrates the contributions of African American women in the areas of literature, medicine, civil rights, education, government, and fine arts.
Garrison. Roberts. White: artwork from the Carver Museum & Cultural Centers collections
8/8 - 3/9, Normal Business Hours | GWC
Prominently featured in the Carver Museum’s Collections is the work of Austin based artists—Deborah Roberts, Mark Garrison, and Jack White—each of whom engages the landscape of African American cultural memory through intimate mixed media works and paintings.
Meet Her Hands: Cindy Popp
8/9 - 9/2, Normal Business Hours | NEY
Cindy Popp’s colorful, humorous and insightful photo self-portraits use found objects, clothing, and makeup to take control of her own image in a way that isn’t meant to be attractive to men. Part of the MEET HER HANDS series, a collaboration with #BossBabesATX. Exhibition opening talk and reception, cosponsored by #BossBabesATX, on Thursday 8/9 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.
8/1, 8:30 - 11:30 AM | AARC
Groups are invited to work on garden beds from the AARC community beds on a seasonal basis to work on our intergenerational garden and participate in dialogue about the different perspectives each generation has.
Drawing Salon Series
8/4 - 8/25, Saturdays, 10 AM - 12 PM | NEY
Come practice drawing the figure at the Ney’s Saturday Morning Drawing Salons! Using Ney’s sculptures as subjects, Ney staff will assist you in your effort with assignments and unique exercises. All materials provided. Free for all ages
Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico De Texas Presents Noche De Folklore 2018
8/25, 8 PM | ZHT
Join us for performances from students of the Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico School of Dance and Adult Performing Company Free Show! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs!
Open Mic Night @ The DAC
8/28, 7 – 9 PM | DAC
Bring your voice, poetry, beats, moves, jokes, ribbon dancing and skating poodles! Show off what you are made of, or sit back and enjoy the entertainment.