Drawing Lines is a public-private partnership between the Cultural Arts Division and GO collaborative, in partnership with Public City and Fisterra Studio. The project seeks to harness the power of arts and artists to directly engage the political transformations taking place in Austin as a result of the 10 newly drawn Council Districts. The project will assist district residents in identifying their communities’ cultural assets and artists will create artistic expressions of the districts’ character and diversity. The ten artists, one per district, will then collaborate on a single artwork that expresses the collective understanding of Austin’s diverse communities.

The project expands upon the Cultural Arts Division’s current initiative to map Austin’s cultural assets, a project funded through the National Endowment for the Arts. The process will produce a set of GIS maps organized by Council District, a findings report developed with community input, and a set of cultural economic development strategies for each district.  Aligning with Imagine Austin, the Land Development Code Revision, and the City’s CIP Strategic Plan, the goal of this project is to better integrate creative economy strategies into City Planning Areas and Initiatives.

drawing lines: explorations of place, April 1-10, 2016

Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place is an experiential and immersive exhibition bringing together 10 commissioned place-specific public art projects for the first time under one roof to reflect on the new 10-1 political structure, each district's dynamic cultural life and thus, the city itself. The exhibition will be open to the public April 2-10, 2016 at 323 Congress Avenue in the historic McKean-Eilers building.

Selected Artists:

District 1: Los Outsiders

District 2: Deborah S. Esquenazi and Carrie Kenny

District 3: Adrian Quesada

District 4: Zell Miller III

District 5: Sonya Cote and The Homegrown Revival

District 6: Josef Kristofoletti

District 7: Teruko Nimura

District 8: Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas

District 9: Jack Sanders

District 10: Steve Parker

District Project Descriptions