In 2010, the watchword among Austin creatives was 'collaboration'
But as noteworthy as these events are, what the disciplines or individual entities within them did separately may not be as significant as what they did together. The year saw more of the city's arts groups and artists teaming up, often in groundbreaking new ways. Whether it was a single creative project, such as the first performance together of Indian classical dance masters Gina Lalli, Anuradha Naimpally, and Vinitha Subramanian or Tapestry Dance Company's collaboration with spoken word master Zell Miller III; a business partnership, like the one Texas Performing Arts entered into with the Long Center to present Broadway Across America touring shows; an organizational collaboration, such as the Austin Lyric Opera/Austin Chamber Music Center co-production of the opera The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat or the Fusebox Festival/Art City Austin joint presentation of Magda Sayeg's guerilla knitting installations; or a huge, long-term initiative such as the New Works Theater Community, which unites 18 organizations and 11 independent artists and scored a $90,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, local artists discovered how they could grow and become stronger by partnering with others. The Austin Classical Guitar Society even made partnerships with its fellow arts groups the cornerstone of the GFA convention it hosted, involving everyone from the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Butler School of Music to the Biscuit Brothers and Master Pancake Theater. The year also saw the City Council finally approve the CreateAustin plan, arguably the ultimate example of collaborative work by Austin's creatives. The plan's vision of our city's creative future was built on the idea of working together, and 2010 proved that we're well down the road toward it.