The Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, manages the City’s cultural arts programs and provides leadership for the economic development of Austin's creative economy.


Helpful Recovery Resources: 

  • City of Austin's - A one-stop resource to help artists and musicians recover from the financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Austin COVID-19 Information
  • Economic Development Department’s Small Business Resources Directory - Database of local, state, federal, and community resources. Filter by “Disaster Relief” to find immediate support for creatives and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Division oversees the Cultural Arts Funding Program, Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), programs to assist the development of creative industries in Austin, and initiatives designed to support the community’s unique cultural identity and vitality.  This video provides highlights Austin’s dynamic and diverse arts community!

The Division also manages the City's African American Cultural and Heritage Facility, which fosters cultural activities, business opportunities, and creative collaboration within the African American community.

The Austin Arts Commission is an eleven-member commission appointed by the City Council, for the purpose of advising on arts-related matters. The Arts Commission meets the monthly. Learn more about the dates and times for the commission meetings as well as the agenda and details on the location of the meeting.

The Cultural Arts Division staff is always available to assist with any questions about our programs and services. Meet the staff and Contact us here!


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