Makes Me Wanna Shout!
October = ArtsSometime between campaign stops, Bill Clinton proclaimed October "National Arts and Humanities Month," calling the arts and humanities vital to our nation's well-being. While we'd really love to see that sentiment backed up by federal dollars, right now we'll take what we can get. So we'll just celebrate National Open House Day this Saturday. The Austin Parks & Recreation Department will have the Dougherty Arts Center, Elisabet Ney Museum, George Washington Carver Museum, O. Henry Museum, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, and Parque Zaragosa Recreation Center open from noon to 2pm, so we can all see how they help to promote the arts in Austin. Drop on by. Call 397-1454 for info.
Off the DeskThe Public Domain has expanded their domain. The enterprising theatre company which invaded the Avenue last year and built a splendid loft theatre in the second story of 807 Congress has taken over the first story, too. Theatre founders Michelle and Robi Polgar now have a smart gallery to complement their playhouse. For info, call 474-6202.
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Program needs artists for its 1997-98 Peer Panels. These panels are the first step in the city arts funding process and arguably the most crucial, as they provide the evaluation of artists by other local artists. Applicants should have expertise in one or more disciplines: Dance, Literature, Mixed Arts, Music, Theatre, or Visual Arts, and be willing to volunteer for a six-month commitment. It's dirty work, but somebody has to do it. Call Cultural Contracts, 397-1461, for more info.
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