Community arts organizations and community-based activities in large arts organizations recognize art can be about more than engaging in an aesthetic experience. Art can also comfort in times of trouble, heal personal wounds, inspire community participation, and foster a more compassionate society.
Austin community-based organizations and activities are located in neighborhoods seeking affirmation and a new sense of identity or in unusual settings like prisons or skating rinks; they provide arts programming and instruction to underserved populations such as disabled citizens, youth and seniors, and the homeless; they include people of color and other leaders with a deep commitment to diversity and values of tolerance, equality, empowerment, and audience participation as well as a pursuit of artistic excellence; they respond to contemporary social and environmental issues with fundamental values related to cultural responsibility, ethical practices, and respectful relationships; they often work in partnerships with others that cross arts silos and non-art related sectors; and they respond to cultural legacies and future possibilities.
Go to NowPlayingAustin.com to see a list of some of Austin’s community arts organizations and large organizations that provide community-based activities. While many community-based activities do not have a public component, we have selected some events in April that you can attend!