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Images of coexistence on Auditorium Shores, artists wanted to leave gifts in the urban landscape, LCP on TV, and '25 to watch' at the Austin Fine Arts Fest

Culture Flash!

• As of this Sunday, March 6, look to the shores of Town Lake for more than the usual civic bustle and natural beauty; look for a dialogue about diversity and tolerance among the peoples of this planet, via an unusual outdoor art exhibition from Jerusalem. The Coexistence Exhibition features 36 images of just that, coexistence, as interpreted by artists from across the globe and rendered on billboard-sized panels. Launched by Museum on the Seam, an institution in Jerusalem that promotes dialogue and understanding, the exhibition raises questions about how we live with one another and respond to one another's differences. It lands in Austin as part of Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, the new community initiative by Ballet Austin and the College of Education at UT-Austin to promote tolerance and education about the Holocaust. The arrival of the exhibition will be celebrated at Auditorium Shores from 2-5pm on Sunday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Will Wynn, Museum on the Seam curator Raphie Etgar, and community leaders at 3:30pm. For more information, visit

• Heather L. Johnson is relaunching "Cracks in the Pavement: Gifts in the Urban Landscape" this year and wants even more local artists to create small, site-specific artworks that can be left around the city to be discovered, taken, and kept by Jane and Johnny Q. Public. ("In Search of the Wild Art," June 18, 2004.) She's calling for works made specifically with the relationship between artwork and environment and the experience of the viewer upon encountering the art in the landscape in mind. Works must be smaller than 10 by 10 by 10 centimeters and ready to install by June 3. Artists must install their own work and provide images of it installed for the Cracks in the Pavement Web site. Proposals must be e-mailed to or mailed to: Cracks in the Pavement, 1405 Alguno, Austin, 78757-3301 by Monday, March 21. For more information, write or visit

• Belated congratulations to the comic wizards of the Latino Comedy Project for their profile on the nationally syndicated American Latino TV. The segment, broadcast on KEYE on Sunday, Feb, 13, packed a lot in four minutes, showing several clips from the troupe's performances and videos as well as interviews with LCP members. See for yourself at the company Web site,

• The Austin Fine Arts Festival has "25 to watch" for 2005. That's the number of local artists and artisans chosen to show at "Art & Soul," as this year's festival is titled. Out of 700 submissions, the jury of Austin gallery owners, artists, and art professors tapped a total of 220 artists for the fest, which takes place Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, 11am-6pm, in and around Republic Square Park. For a full list of artists, visit The Coexistence ExhibitionOrganization, Exhibition, Scene, Cultural Focus, Arts Business, Artis, Honors

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