The mission of the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities.
Located in historic Central Fire Station No. 1, the Austin Fire Museum features 19th to 21st Century uniforms, photographs, and memorabilia from the firefighters of Austin. Operated by the Austin Fire Museum Hook & Ladder Society.
The Austin Nature & Science Center (ANSC) was established in 1960 and is part of the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Our mission is to provide hands-on educational exhibits and recreational activities that increase awareness and appreciation of the natural environment. We are centrally located on the western edge of Zilker Park, in the Zilker Nature Preserve. ANSC offers indoor and outdoor exhibits and provides environmental science education programs to schools and the community in and around Austin. The site hosts homeschool groups, scout troops, family events, environmentally focused camps, and adventure programs.
Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool. The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool when he was five years old while visiting family in Austin. Today, Barton Springs still attracts a diverse crowd of people and has seen record setting numbers of visitors nearing 800,000 in recent years.
The Boyd Vance Theatre is a proscenium stage with stadium seating to fit 134 patrons, including seating for those who are mobility impaired. Our plush seating has served audiences for many different types of events, from city meetings to dance performances. We have a full sound system, including Sennheiser microphones, compact disc player, cassette player, and a professional sound board. The theatre includes a full multimedia system including digital projection and the ability for surround sound. The technology includes a digital projector, slide projector, VCR and DVD players. The sound system is capable of connecting to compact disc player, DVD player, cassette player, MP3 players, and personal laptops. The Boyd Vance theatre comes equipped with a computerized light board with an inventory of 101 instruments. The lighting system has the capacity of 200 dimmers. The theatre includes a double counterweight system for flying scenery up and down to the stage. For screening, either our full screen, or the cyclorama screen can be used. Backstage includes two full dressing rooms, complete with bathrooms and showers, and makeup counters. We also have makeup counters outside the dressing rooms. We also have a complete Clear-Com system.
To reserve the Theatre please download the Boyd Vance Theatre Application
The Genealogy Center is an extension of the Carver Museum and Cultural Center and acts as a public resource for learning about family history. The Center provides access to genealogical information such as databases, books, instructive material and monthly seminars. Although the center is set up as a self-guided experience, it will provide limited genealogical assistance.
The center houses nine computers that are available for public use, one conference room, genealogical reference material, and a printer. In addition, the center offers monthly meetings devoted to the practice of genealogy.
We want to be the repository for your African American family history. If you would like to donate your family history to the Center, please contact us at 512.974.4380.
The Carver Museum welcomes all individuals and groups interested in volunteering.
Whether it be escorting visitors through our galleries, assisting at an event, or just helping out around the offices, your time and support will help make the Carver Museum an even greater success!
Willing workers must attend orientation, complete a volunteer application, and if necessary complete any training sessions prior to assignments.
If you would like to become a volunteer, complete a volunteer application by clicking the link. Applications can be e-mailed back to Gaila Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to the front desk. Each volunteer is asked to commit to at least one three (3)-hour shift every month. We accept applications through-out the year. For more information please contact Gaila Sims at (512) 972-3651.
The Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of programs for youth and teens, adults and 50+/seniors at our Community Recreation Centers. Out of school time (OST) programs include After School, Summer Camp and Youth Sports. Teen programs, adaptive recreation and 50+/senior programs are offered at select centers. Athletics and fitness, enrichment classes and seasonal events are offered year-round. For more information, please select a center from the list below or view class information online.
Experience the dynamic environment of Austin’s oldest community arts venue through provocative theater, music and dance performances, intriguing art exhibits, lively Date Nights, and a robust studio arts program for youth and adults. Discover why the Dougherty Arts Center has been the Heart of the Arts in Austin since 1978. We support emerging through established artists by creating opportunities to showcase work and experience art first hand.
The Dougherty Arts Center will be closing for required routine maintenance from Monday, Dec. 18 – Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. Please see the Press Release Dougherty Maintenance Closure for more information.
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Eastwoods Splash Pad is a splash pad located at 3001 Harris Park Blvd. in Austin, Texas. View all City of Austin pools and splash pads.
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year.
Emma Long Metropolitan Park (City Park) is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year from 7:00am to 10:00pm. A gate is locked during the night hours.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures.
Lake Walter E. Long is located in Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park at 6614 Blue Bluff Road. The 1,200 acre lake features open spaces for boating, jet skis, swimming, two sand volleyball courts, picnic sites, tables, grills, walking, running, biking and restrooms available throughout the park.
As its residents know, Austin boasts a culture all its own. Surround yourself with the City's unique culture by visiting one of its museums and cultural centers. You'll be glad you did!
The Old Bakery & Emporium is a historic building located in Downtown Austin. Local artists and crafts people keep the Emporium full of unique and one of a kind items. This is our consignment shop. We provide a Visitor Information Center, Art Gallery exhibiting local artists 50 or better and houses the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department currently operates two skate parks - one in Mabel Davis District Park and the Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park at 1213 Shoal Creek Boulevard next to Austin Recreation Center.
Southern Walnut Creek Trail is a nature lover’s delight. Located in East Austin, this beautiful twisting and turning maze of trees and foliage is the city’s newest recreation resource for hikers, joggers and bicyclists.
Discover the home of the “Messenger of the Alamo” in the heart of downtown Austin
The Parks and Recreation Department maintains several types of trails for hiking, biking, skating and other activities. View the trail directory to see the location and usage types of all City-maintained trails. Use the Parks GIS Viewer to find a trail near your location.
The Zilker Botanical Garden is ideally located in the center of Texas' capital city. The gardens are on parkland that is magnificently endowed by nature with handsome trees, natural grottoes and aquatic features that have been integrated into a design of spectacular beauty and tranquility.
The Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater is located across from another of Austin’s celebrated wonders - Barton Springs Pool.
Zilker Hillside Theater has been home to engaging events, shows and concerts for over 50 years. The Hillside is host to many beloved annual events such as Shakespeare in the Park, Zilker Theatre Production's Summer Musical and The South Asian New Year hosted by the Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance. For more information please call 512-974-4045.
Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered "Austin's most-loved park." This 351-acre metropolitan park is home to a variety of recreation opportunities, facilities and special events for individuals and families.