Now in its seventh year, EAST is the best way to experience Austin's growing contemporary visual art scene. The intimate format – you pace your travels to the array of artist studios – denies the possibility of a cool and distant art experience. Instead, the art is often visceral and immediate. Did we mention it's entirely free?! Austin may not have schmancy museums built on old Texas oil money, but we have a handful of innovative galleries and hundreds of fiercely independent artists who call this place home, which is why an event like EAST should be compulsory for every naysayer of Austin's art scene.
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