Real Community Is Real Art

The schedule


6-8pm Film Screenings

George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina

Third Ward TX – documentary about Project Row Houses in Houston, the unlikely home of cutting-edge art and visionary thinking about inner-city renewal. Meet the unforgettable residents and extraordinary artists breathing new life into their historic but struggling community. The film will be introduced by director Andrew Garrison, who is an associate professor of Radio-Television-Film at UT-Austin, and Rick Lowe, the founder of Project Row Houses.

Snakebit – documentary-in-the-making about the Rural Studio, the radical design/build program at Auburn University started by MacArthur fellow Samuel Mockbee in poverty-stricken Hale County, Ala. Mockbee's vision challenged conventions of architectural practice and education by re-envisioning the social responsibility of design. The film will be introduced by producer/director Sam Wainwright Douglas, producer and Rural Studio alumnus Jack Sanders, and Sarah Ann Mockbee.

7-11pm The Blue of It All

Kenny Dorham's Backyard, 1106 E. 11th (rain location, Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th)

A real taste of East Austin, past and present, with barbecue, local beer, and live music by Austin blues and jazz musicians LZ Love and Ephraim Owens. Part of the East End Summer Music Series presented by DiverseArts and Texas Folklife Resources.


9am-4:30pm The Workshop

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.


Led by nationally recognized leaders involved in developing new ways to strengthen and build communities. They include:

Rick Lowe, founder, Project Row Houses

Cheryl Parker, executive director, Project Row Houses

Walter Hood, professor of landscape architecture and environmental planning and urban design, University of California at Berkeley

William Williams, associate professor of architecture, University of Virginia, and founder of Houston's Civic Arts Program

Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens (N.Y.) Museum, author of Dialogues on Public Art (MIT Press), and former director of Percent for Art Program at New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Lisa Byrd, executive director, ProArts Collective

Stephen Ross, senior lecturer of architecture, UT-Austin; co-founder Design Build Alliance

Community Mosh pits

Two rapid-fire presentation sessions from more than 20 local artists, designers, developers, and nonprofit organizations active in shaping the future of Austin's neighborhoods.

Cost is $10 for the Friday film screenings and the Blue of It All, $50 for the Saturday workshop ($15 students/seniors). A limited number of need-based scholarships is available for the Saturday workshop. Scholarships must be applied for in advance.

For registration and more information, e-mail

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