Affordability. Of late it’s the chief topic of conversation within Austin’s arts community — as it is across the city as a whole.
For the creative community the chatter is increasingly take shape publicly in a recent burst of forums, presentations and community meetings.
Last week, the Austin Creative Alliance presented the results of its a series of Creative Sector Summits.
Alliance CEO John Riedie presented recommendations that the include the creation of an Austin Creative Trust, a non-profit that could help financially leverage ventures including property acquisition. Also on the list is the creation of a Red River Creative Enterprise Zone and the creation of more facilities for arts education, specifically one proposed by Austin Chamber Music, Austin Classical Guitar and Conspirare that would include a medium-sized recital hall and a shared music education center.
Riedie also endorsed supporting the East Austin creative community ThinkEast, a private development project already underway and spearheaded in part by Fusebox. Fusebox managing director Brad Carlin announced that the non-profit arts organization was in the progress of securing funds to purchase 4.5 acres of the development on which would be built a performance venue, gallery spaces, multi-use creative space and affordable housing.
Riedie, along with Austin Creative Alliance board member and Big Medium founder Shea Little, penned an editorial in the American-Statesman, “How to turn Austin boom into a bonanza for the arts.”
This week, there’s a joint meeting of the city’s Music Commission and Arts Commissions to discuss staff response to the Mayor Steve Adler’s Music & Creative Sector Omnibus Resolution.
The event is at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Road.