George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 10am-6pm; Thu., 10am-9pm; Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 10am-4pm
The Carver complex centers around the old Carver Library, the first library for residents of color in Austin. The original 1926 city library building – which was moved to the Eastside and opened to blacks in 1933 – still serves the neighborhood, but since 2005, it's been flanked by the 36,000-square-foot center, which includes four art galleries, the 134-seat Boyd Vance Theatre, a dance studio, a photo lab and darkroom, a conference room, offices, classroom, archive space, and museum store. The library itself was expanded to more than 15,000 square feet, with computers, meeting and study rooms, gallery space, and a youth library area. Hard-won, deeply earned, and aesthetically sumptuous, the Carver Complex is the new heart of East Austin.
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Arts Calendar

Afro Fusion Dance

Afro-Caribbean folkloric dance styles, with an occasional shake of old-school Afro-American funk, led by Novuyo Masakhane. $10/class.

Angela Shelf Medearis: Our People

During 2018, Medearis – known to millions as The Kitchen Diva – donated several books, manuscripts, photographs, awards, and research papers to the Carver Museum. Now, they’ve been curated and presented as this new exhibition. Through June 23.

Carver Museum: Constant Escape

Founding members of the Austin-based Black Mountain ProjectAdrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin – debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and, video. Also on display at the Carver: Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living, an installation by Taja Lindley. Through July 27.

Community Calendar

Resilience: Vision for a New America

Looking at human rights under threat in the current political climate in the U.S. and taking a marked stance against white supremacy, this film portrays diverse individuals in a country undergoing an enormous identity crisis. Tue., March 26, 6:30-9:15pm. Free, donations welcome.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.
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